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CONTENTS July 2018

FEATURES Fourth of July events

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Staycation on Captiva

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THE BIG AY GIVEAW

Charter Schools

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Private Schools

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On The Cover

Summer Attractions

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12 Contests!

Addison Grace Schaffer, 16 months, daughter of Justin & Shannon Schaffer of Fort Myers

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Creative food ideas

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Gidgets & Gadgets

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Special picks & events

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Things to do in July

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Health & Wellness

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Arts & Entertainment

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Party resource guide

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Too Cute photos

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Publisher/Owner Kathy M. Kuser

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Editor/Owner Jamie K. Kuser

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We Love America Festival

First Assembly of God of Fort Myers, 4701 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers Saturday, June 30 • 6 - 9 p.m. Lots of fun for the whole family. Kids will love the bounce houses, obstacle course, laser tag, carnival games, face painting and more! Delicious food will be available for purchase! And if that's not enough we will end the night with a spectacular fireworks display! So bring your blankets and chairs and celebrate with us! 239-936-6277

Ft. Myers Beach Fireworks & Parade

Times Square, Fort Myers Beach Wednesday, July 4 • 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Festivities kick off with a 10 a.m. parade up Estero Boulevard. Then, 15 minutes after sunset, one of the region’s most spectacular fireworks shows shoots off from the Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier. Times Square will have patriotic activities from noon to 2 p.m. Activities include patriotic crafts, a watermelon eating contest and a dunk tank. That’s the main event, but restaurants and others step up the festivities with music and activity in the Times Square & beach. 239-454-7500

Annual 4th of July Celebration

Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Freedom Swim – Begins at 11 a.m. Live music – Country Express and Ambush The Band & Rita Beach from Noon-9 p.m. Harpoon Harry’s - Kids crafts, treats and face painting and live music all day! King Fisher Fleet – enjoy a Fireworks Cruise, departing at 7:30 p.m. (Reservations required) 9 p.m. - Viewing of fireworks over Charlotte Harbor. 941-575-3007

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4th of July Freedom Fest

Downtown Fort Myers Wednesday, July 4 • Block Party, 4-10 p.m. Festivities include, live entertainment (DJ and Band), food and beverages, vendors, kids activities and will culminate with a spectacular fireworks show over the Caloosahatchee River. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com

Sanibel 4th of July Activities

Wednesday, July 4 • 7 a.m. - Dusk Free Pancake Breakfast at the Sanibel Community Church, 1740 Periwinkle Way, 7 - 9 a.m. Independence Day Parade route begins at Tarpon Bay Road on Periwinkle Way to Casa Ybel Road, 9:30 a.m. 4th of July Road Rally, starts at noon at the Timbers parking lot, 703 Tarpon Bay Rd. Fireworks Display 9 p.m. www.sanibel-captiva.org.

Red White and Boom

Cape Coral Parkway, Cape Coral Wednesday, July 4 • 5 - 10:30 p.m. Entertainment Schedule: 5 p.m. - Completely Unchained 6:15 p.m. - James Barker Band 8 p.m. - Chase Bryant 9:30 p.m. - Fireworks Spectacular Kids Patriot Park is open to all. The park will close at 9:15 p.m. as the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Ride tickets will be for sale at the event. The attractions in the park are: Mechanical Meltdow, Black Ops Obstacle Course, 27' 2 Lane Slide, Basketball, 52' Toxic Jump, 26 Ft. Rockwall. The Cape Coral Bridge and Cape Coral Parkway from Del Prado Blvd to the bridge, will be closing at 3 a.m. on July 4. www.capeboom.com Miracle Baseball Independence Day Celebration Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers Wednesday, July 4 • 7 p.m. Independence Day food and drink specials will be available, during the game followed by a post-game firework show! The Miracle players will be wearing special USA themed jersey available for auction. For tickets, call 239-768-4210.

Naples 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

Downtown Naples, 5th Ave South & Naples Pier Wednesday, July 4 • 10 a.m. Join thousands to witness this spectacular event filled with festive floats and family fun. 10 am to noon. The fireworks presentation at dusk will feature a thirty minute display with musically choreographed effects to patriotic selections. Bring chairs or blankets to viewing spots in town, as the fireworks can be seen along the Naples beach.

Englewood Firecracker Festival

300 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood Wednesday, July 4 • 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Enjoy all American food from local restaurants and vendors, as well as cold beverages and frozen drinks. Craft vendors will be lining the street, along with the area’s largest muscle car show. A kid’s game area with water slides and bounce houses will also be available. There will be live bands with music beginning at noon. As the sun goes down, the lights go up over Lemon Bay. Fireworks galore reflect over the waters to double their awesomeness. Admission is free, just like our country. www.charlotteharbortravel.com

Bonita Springs July 4th ParadeOur Founding Fathers

Downtown Bonita Springs Everyone loves a parade! Floats, marching bands, emergency vehicles, dancers & more! Starting at 9 a.m. www.local3444.org

Star Spangled Bonita

Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs Wednesday, July 4 • 5 - 9 p.m. There will be a children’s amusement area which will include a giant water slide, bounce house, amusement rides, slip-nslide, water tag, train rides, face painting, wrecking ball, high striker and more. Watermelon and ice cream eating contests will take place throughout the evening. Entrance into Star Spangled Bonita is free to the entire community. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 4 p.m. 239-949-6262

4th Fest 2018

Laishley Park, Punta Gorda Wednesday, July 4 • 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Featuring Water-Mania - a group of 12 giant waterslides - to be erected in Laishley Park. There are slides of all types and sizes for the littlest kids to grownups too. In addition to the Water-Mania Water Slides there will be a large Kid’s Fun Zone with plenty to keep the young ones excited. Live Music will fill the park starting at 3:30 p.m. The fireworks at 9 p.m. - $3 admission for fireworks at the gate (Kids under 12 - Free Gate Admission) All rides/ food/ beverage require tickets, except waterslides & bounce houses which accept tickets or an all day wristband. An all day wristband for waterslides and bounce houses is $10 per day. 941-637-5953

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SW Florida staycation with the kids on Captiva Island By Mandy Carter

No need to travel out of Southwest Florida to have a great family getaway. Just take a drive to the tip of Captiva island to the South Seas Island Resort. The resort sits on a 330-acre wildlife preserve, occupying the last two and a half miles of the island. It is the ideal place to get away from the daily hustle of everyday life and make some family memories. When I asked my 4 year old daughter, Kara, her favorite part of the getaway, she gave these three things:

Scout About:

Pick up a ScoutAbout map from the front desk, bring your camera and take an scavenger hunt adventure around the island. This creative map gives you 15 “Points of Discovery,” from dolphins to sunsets. When you collect all 15 wristbands, you can become an official ScoutAbout member, and earn a spot on the ScoutAbout Wall of Fame. Some of the best memories are those made when you give your child the opportunity to explore nature.

Camp Skullywags

Camp Skullywags is so much more than just a way to keep the kids entertained for an hour or so. This activity programs give kids ages 3-11 a chance for under sea explorations, mad science experiments, whacky sports and more.

The Food

Captiva has some great local dining. However, there are a number of restaurants at the hotel, so if you don’t want to leave the property once you arrive there is no need. Kara loved the food from breakfast at Harbourside Bar and Grill to snacks at Crooked Snook Tiki bar, she filled up on some island food. And her absolute favorite was eating pizza at Scoops & Slices because she got to pick out a bag a candy for dessert.

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And though my daughter didn’t mention it, she had a blast at the hotel pools! Which I must say topped my list of favorite things at the resort because it gave me a chance to soak up the island life while she played! It truly is a fun SWFL staycation that even the little ones enjoy!

Mandy Carter is a Fort Myers mother of two. She owns her own freelance marketing business, is a travel writer, speaker and mommy blogger who loves to share her passion for family travel. Follow her family adventures at acupful.com and connect with her on Instagram @mandymcarter

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CHARTERSCHOOLS

CHARTER SCHOOLS USA

Charter Schools USA is one of the oldest, largest and fastest-growing education management companies in the United States. They successfully manage high performing private and municipal schools for pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. They believe our greatest accomplishments are gaining a 95% plus satisfaction rate from parents and achieving a district “A” academic average for several years from the Department of Education. Charter Schools USA operates five schools in Lee County: three in Fort Myers, one in Bonita Springs and one in Cape Coral. www.leecharterschools.org

Acceleration Middle School 3365 Seminole Ave., Fort Myers 239-400-1818 Athenian Academy Charter School 21401 Corkscrew Village Lane, Estero 727-239-8291

Christa McAuliffe Charter Elementary 2817 SW 3rd Lane, Cape Coral 239-283-4511 City of Palms Charter High School 2830 Winkler Ave., suite 201, Fort Myers 239-561-6611 Coronado High School 3057 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers 239-337-9140 Donna J. Beasley Technical Academy 13830 Jetport Commerce Pkway, Suite 6, Fort Myers • 239-476-9100 FSW Collegiate High School 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers 239-432-6767

Gateway Charter Elementary School

Bonita Springs Charter School

12850 Commonwealth Drive, Fort Myers 239-768-5048 • grades K - 4 www.GatewayCharterSchool.org

Cape Coral Charter School

12770 Gateway Blvd., Fort Myers 239-768-3350 • grades 9 - 12 www.GatewayCharterHigh.org

25380 Bernwood Drive, Bonita Springs 239-992-6932 • grades K - 8 www.BonitaSpringsCharter.org 76 Mid Cape Terrace, Cape Coral 239-995-0904 • grades K - 8 www.CapeCoralCharter.org

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Gateway Charter High School

Gateway Charter Intermediate School

12770 Gateway Blvd., Fort Myers 239-768-3350 • grades 5 - 8 www.GatewayCharterSchool.org Harlem Heights Community Charter School 15570 Hagie Drive, Fort Myers 239-482-7706 The Island School P.O. Box 1090, 135 1st St. W., Boca Grande • 941-964-8016 Island Park High School 16520 S. Tamiami Trail, suite 190, Fort Myers • 239-204-5965

North Nicholas High School 428 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral 239-242-4230 Northern Palms Charter High School 13251 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fiort Myers 239-997-9987 Oak Creek Charter School 28011 Performance Lane, Bonita Springs 239-498-6864

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Oasis Charter Elementary School 3415 Oasis Blvd., Cape Coral 239-542-1577 Oasis Charter High School 3519 Oasis Blvd., Cape Coral 239-541-1167 Oasis Charter Middle School 3507 Oasis Blvd., Cape Coral 239-945-1999

Palm Acres Charter High School 507 Sunshine Blvd. N., Lehigh Acres 239-333-3300

Six Mile Charter Academy

6851 Lancer Ave., Fort Myers 239-768-9375 grades K - 8 www.SixMileCharter.org

UNITY CHARTER SCHOOLS

Where students, teachers, education and parents unite. The Unity Charter Schools in Cape Coral and Fort Myers offer small class sizes, a family environment, rigorous curriculum, free tutoring, daily fitness, enrichment programs, dress code and effective school discipline. Unity Charter Schools are tuition free public charter schools working to meet the individual needs of all students. Now Enrolling grades K-8th. New interior & exterior paint, new VCT flooring, new playground, new digital online library and effective ongoing student monitoring and resource tools. Our schools had some of the highest achievement gains in Lee district. www.stepeducation.org Fort Myers - 4740 Cleveland Ave. 239-333-0766 • grades K - 8 • www.unitycsfm.org

Cape Coral - 2107 Santa Barbara Blvd. 239-829-5134 • grades K - 8 • www.unitycscc.org

A is for Applebee’s

One way that Applebee’s and Doherty Enterprises, the local franchisee in Lee County, supports education in the community yearround is through its “A is for Applebee's” program, which was created for teachers, libraries and scout leaders to use as an incenfor children to succeed and be rewarded. The program gives program for kids tive children an incentive to go the “extra mile,” and examples include doing well on a test, helping a classmate, reading more books, field day giveaways, making the Honor Roll – or to provide a small reward to give them for any reason at all. By obtaining the certificate from Applebee’s, children gain a sense of accomplishment. The incentive reward, a free ice cream sundae, can be given to kids age 18 and under. For more information about the “A for Applebee’s” Program, visit www.dohertyinc.com/youth-connection * Correction to incentive program published in June’s Lee County Family News magazine

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PRIVATESCHOOLS

A Little Piece of Me Montessori Academy 229 Del Prado Blvd. N, 3, Cape Coral 239-573-7999 Apostolic Revival Center Christian School 2100 Barden St., Fort Myers 239-332-8233 Bishop Verot Catholic High School 5598 Sunrise Drive, Fort Myers 239-274-6773

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Calvary Christian School 11431 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers 239-693-1257

Classical Christian Academy 7101 Bayshore Road North Fort Myers 239-543-1532

Canterbury School 8141 College Parkway, Fort Myers 239-481-4313

Crosspointe Academy 13241 Griffin Drive, Fort Myers 239-225-1502

Cape Academy 231 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral 239-573-8668 Cape Coral Christian School 811 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral 239-574-3707

Crown of Life Christian Academy 5820 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers 239-482-7315 De LaSalle Academy 6401 Techster Blvd., Fort Myers 239-245-8212

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Discovery Day Academy 23601 North Commons Drive Bonita Springs •239-273-4802 Evangelical Christian School 8237 Beacon Blvd. S.E., Fort Myers 239-936-3319

Good Shepherd Lutheran 4770 Orange Grove Blvd., North Fort Myers 239-995-7711 Grace Classical Academy 3971 Via Del Rey, Bonita Springs 239-247-2479

Crestwell School

Crestwell is a unique private school founded by parent educators. Crestwell believes each student has to be recognized as an important individual whose self-esteem, attitude and academic curiosity must be handled with a positive approach. All of Crestwell’s degreed teachers reinforce academic basics while challenging the academically gifted. Crestwell School – Connecting Students to Success! 1901 Park Meadows Drive, Fort Myers 239-481-4478 • PK - grade 8 www.crestwellschool.org

Fort Myers Christian School

Fort Myers Christian School is enrolling students online at www.fmcs-fl.com. For the last 39 years, FMCS students have received awards in academics, technology, art, music, and sports. More highlights include interactive whiteboards in elementary, shared iPad lab in preschool and elementary with 1:1 iPads in middle school, learning resource program, missions outreaches, weekly chapels and more. We are located on the campus of First Assembly of God. Partial scholarships are available but apply now. 1550 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers www.fmcs-fl.com • 239-939-4642 • PK - grade 8

Renaissance Montessori School

Renaissance Montessori School is offering open enrollment. Renaissance creates a peaceful, homelike environment, and honors each individual child as they learn and grow. We offer a strong Montessori curriculum, with a balance of academics and a peace curriculum which includes lessons in cultural awareness and acceptance. Teachers guide children in conflict resolution, and support them socially and emotionally as they develop. Call to attend our weekly school tour. Financial assistance available. 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers www.montessorichild.org 239-275-2022 • infant - grade 6

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Grace Community School 8971 Brighton Lane, Bonita Springs 239-948-7878 1688 Medical Lane, Fort Myers 239-334-3325 871 Miramar St., Cape Coral 239-549-7411

Saint Andrew Catholic School

St. Andrew Catholic School is a vibrant, accredited Primary/Middle school and a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate PYP. We are dedicated to “Building Faith, Hearts and Minds through Catholic traditions, academic excellence and respect for God’s earth and its cultures". Our STREAM program integrates Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math across the curriculum. Students enjoy various extra-curricular opportunities. Please contact us for your personal tour. Financial Assistance Available. 2628 Del Prado Blvd S., Cape Coral 239-772-3922 •www.standrewcs.org

Summit Christian School

Summit Christian School provides a rigorous academic program in a loving and Christ-centered environment. We are a unique, caring community with an outstanding curriculum and an excellent, professional teaching staff. Summit Christian School has many scholarships available making Christian education affordable for all families. Please call today for a personal tour. 9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers 239-482-7007 • grades VPK - 8 www.summitchristianschool.org

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PRIVATESCHOOLS Grace Community School of Lehigh 3732 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres 239-368-3820

Montessori School of Fort Myers 2151 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers 239-344-8193

Saint Francis Xavier 2055 Heitman St., Fort Myers 239-334-7707

Grace Community School N. Ft. Myers 4736 Orange Grove Blvd., North Fort Myers 239-997-3727

New Life Academy 3348 Edgewood Ave., Fort Myers 239-245-7578

Saint Michael School 3595 Broadway, Fort Myers 239-939-1218

Gunnery Road Christian Academy 1880 Gunnery Road N., Lehigh Acres 239-694-3900

New Testament Baptist School 2805 N.E. Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral 239-997-1020

Sonshine Christian Academy 12925 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers 239-694-8882

Hibernian Private School 1950 Clayton Court, Fort Myers 239-274-9600

Nicaea Academy of Cape Coral 3221 Chiquita Blvd. S, Cape Coral 239-540-9400

SW Florida Christian Academy 3750 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers 239-936-1754

Kid Life Academy Elementary 1200 SW 20th Ave., Cape Coral 239-283-0856

Peace By Piece Inc 6714 Winkler Road, Fort Myers 239-245-8301

Temple Christian School 18841 State Road 31, North Fort Myers 239-543-3222

Living Word Christian School 2900 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 239-997-7702

Providence Christian School 701 Mohawk Parkway, Cape Coral 239-549-8024

Wilostar3d Academy 27499 Riverview Center Blvd., Bonita Springss 877-711-8117

Maimonides Hebrew Day School 5620 Winkler Rd, Fort Myers 239-910-0293

Rock Christian Academy 940 Tarpon St., Fort Myers 239-878-1818

Young Explorers Early Learning Ctr. 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral 239-542-6444

Millenium Christian Academy 13235 Pam Beach Blvd., Fort Myers 239-694-8484

Sacred Heart Of Jesus 109 SW 13th Terrace, Cape Coral 239-574-7096

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Private school listing & contact information courtesy of www.floridaschoolchoice.org

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SUMMER

ATTRACTIONS

FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY HeadPinz Entertainment Center

Bowling, Dining and Fun in Southwest Florida … HeadPinz is the place for bowling and good old family entertainment. HeadPinz is the premiere entertainment, dining and meeting facility under one roof in SW Florida. HeadPinz takes the guest experience to a whole new level. State of the art bowling, laser tag, aerial ropes course, giant game zone, exclusive VIP lanes and Nemo's Sports Bistro await you. We also have Pinboyz which takes you back to the early days of bowling. So for the ultimate in games, food and great times, HeadPinz is the place to be. HeadPinz Entertainment Center is the perfect place for a family outing, corporate event, special celebration or a fun night out. www.headpinz.com 14513 Global Pkwy. Fort Myers • 239-302-2155 1899 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral • 239-574-3611 8525 Radio Lane, Naples • 239-455-3755

Fort Myers Miracle Baseball

The Fort Myers Miracle are the Class-A Advanced Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, and have played home games at Hammond Stadium since 1992. Notable Miracle alumni include Joe Mauer, Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Torii Hunter. There are always fun promotions each season from bobblehead and other giveaways, fireworks and family-friendly (and dog friendly) events. On Sundays, children can play catch on the field before the game and run the bases following the game. The final home game of the regular season is Sept. 2. Miracle home all summer long. For more info, log onto www.miraclebaseball.com Hammond Stadium, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers 239-768-4210 16 - July 2018

Miromar Outlets

Shop 140 top designer and brand name outlets including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store. Regular kids activities include Free Kids Crafts every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon in the WINK Playland; Baby Boot Camp every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. in WINK Playland; and a free fitness camp for women every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 6 a.m. in WINK Playland. Miromar Outlets is located at exit 123 off I-75, on Miromar Outlets Boulevard in Estero, between Naples & Fort Myers, across from the Miromar Design Center. Store hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Miromar Outlets has Rock Climbing FunWalls in the WINK Playland. 239-948-3766 www.miromaroutlets.com

Salty Sam’s Pirate Cruise

The Pieces of Eight is a magnificent 65 ft. replica Spanish galleon pirate ship pillaging and plundering the Gulf of Mexico from the shores of Fort Myers Beach. Pieces of Eight, an authentic pirate themed cruise is looking for buccaneers young and old to experience a real-life pirate voyage back through the Golden Age of Piracy. The pirate cruise ship sails from Salty Sam's Marina in Fort Myers Beach. Learn more and book your pirate adventure online. www.FloridaPirateCruise.com 239-765-7272

31 Produce

You can pick or we can pick strawberries, tomatoes, zucchini & more. We have lots of fun things for the family to do from showing kids how fruit and vegetables are grown while being able to pick you own food to take home to cook. Go mining for gems and fossils and finish the day up with some ice cream while sitting on the front porch! Call for an appointment for your field trip or group tour. Come see our new addition - Sulcata Tortoises. We also have a cafe for breakfast and lunch starting at 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. We now have a farm animal petting zoo. No admission charges and food is available for feeding. www.31PRODUCE.com Open every day 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 18672 State Road 31, Alva 239-313-8213 Family News


Summer Theatre Camp at CULTURAL PARK THEATER

REGISTER TODAY for children ages 7 to 15

June 25 - July 14

Early drop off and late pickup available for fee!

Only r $285 pek 3 wee session

Sessions run 9 am - 4 pm.

Multiple child, session discounts!

July 16 - August 4

528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral

239-772-5862 www.CulturalParkTheater.com

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SummerAttractions Pure Florida River Excursions

Take a River Excursion on the M/V Edison Explorer – Fort Myers’ newly built passenger vessel. See and hear from our certified captain, naturalist and historian about the Caloosahatchee River and learn about the history, and eco and water system. Sightseeing with dolphins, manatees and local birdlife along the river near the historic Railway Bridge. Take the sunset cruise and watch the sun settle down behind the western shore of the Caloosahatchee River (just as Edison and Ford did in their day from their verandahs). Charter the vessel for your private event on the water, or be in command of your own rental boat or kayak. Try a little backwater and river fishing – be it a cruise before or after a visit to the Edison Ford Winter Estates or fine eating experience at Pinchers. 2360 W. First St., Fort Myers (The Marina at Edison Ford) 239-919-2965 • www.pureFL.com

Sky Zone

At Sky Zone this summer, go big or go home. Let go of gravity and grab some air on our sprawling wallto-wall trampoline courts or conquer the tricky curved incline of the Warped Wall. Challenge your friends in our gladiator style jousting battle or a game of Ultimate Dodgeball. Enjoy our Toddler Times, Sky Camp & Birthday Party Packages! Beat the heat at Sky Zone ALL this Summer! 14181 S. Tamiami Trail, Ste. 140, Fort Myers 239-313-5448 www.skyzone.com/fortmyers

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Southwest Florida Attractions Association Let Southwest Florida Attractions Association put the pieces together to help you build the perfect vacation experience. The Southwest Florida Attractions Association, with members in Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties, purpose is to promote the attractions industry in Southwest Florida. “Stay and Play one more day!” is the association motto. www.SWFLattractions.com

The Shell Factory & Nature Park

The Shell Factory & Nature Park continues to evolve as the No. 1 family entertainment destination in SW Florida. Start by discovering all there is to do in our 68,000 square foot retail store. The largest Holiday House in SW Florida, newly expanded Beach Shack and toy store, create a shoppers paradise. The retail store also has four free museums along with two free exhibits. Next head on over to The Nature Park where you find over 400 critters we share our planet with. Both educational and informative, The Nature Park provides an up close and personal experience with all types of birds, reptiles and mammals. When you’re hungry, we have that covered at the Capt'n Fishbones Restaurant. Boasting two Dog friendly Cafe's, Capt'n Fishbones Seafood Grill has something for everyone. Top off your day with a round of Mini Golf or Bumper Boat ride. The Shell Factory Fun Park is also home to The Soaring Eagle Zip Line. Live entertainment is also on hand daily. 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 239-995-2141 www.shellfactory.com

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SummerAttractions Broadway Palm Theatre The family musical Annie is on the Broadway Palm stage now through Aug. 11. The heartwarming story about everyone’s favorite orphan and her dog Sandy will capture the hearts of audience members of all ages. Adult ticket prices range from $45 to $70 with discounts for groups of 20 or more. There is a summer special for children 18 and under, tickets are just $20 for the buffet and the show. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers www.broadwaypalm.com 239-278-4422

Zoomers Family Amusement Park

Zoomers is an indoor/outdoor family entertainment center offering with more than just an arcade. In all, Zoomers offers an amazing assortment of games, rides and attractions which are sure to make your vacation, next day off, or upcoming birthday a memorable occasion. Our party rooms feature panoramic views of our park and surrounding areas, and are perfect for hosting parties and other gatherings. Zoomers is a family’s dream place with our dual Go Kart tracks, Water Wars, mini golf course, Cobra roller-coaster, bumper boats and Midway rides. Adults, teens and children of all ages will be amazed by our Indy style go kart and slick tracks with challenging twists and turns sure to please the thrill seeker. 17455 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers www.ZoomersAmusementPark.com 239-481-ZOOM (9666)

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IMAG History & Science Center

Get ready to run through a rainstorm, control the Caloosahatchee River, and immerse yourself in a Virtual Reality interactive trip to the original fort of Fort Myers! Admission packages provide hours of fun and entertainment for all ages through hands-on science exhibits and history. Enjoy a 3-D film, exhibits with, sharks, turtles, swans, iguanas, including opportunities to touch stingrays and other live animals! www.theimag.org 2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers 239-243-0043

Sun Splash Family Waterpark

Sun Splash Family Waterpark in Cape Coral opened for the 2018 season on March 10. The park is open daily now through Aug. 9. SunSplash will be open for the weeknds only Aug. 11 - Sept. 30. The 14-acre park features three thrilling speed slides, a lazy river, Family Pool, several open and enclosed flumes, and Pirates Cove, an interactive water play structure with a tipping bucket. Visit online for full hours of operation; to purchase season passes; book birthday parties or group events; and swim lessons. 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral 239-574-0558 www.SunSplashWaterpark.com

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EASYFUNFOOD

Chocolate

“Poop”

Emoji Cookies! 1 bag (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk 3 tablespoons of butter 1 1/2 cups flour 15-20 Hershey Kisses/Hugs Candy eyes A little white chocolate (melt chips, or use a few candy melts) Instructions: Place parchment paper on a large cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Place chocolate chips and butter together in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in 30 second increments in the microwave. Stir between until melted completely. Add condensed milk, stir until smooth. Add flour until it becomes thick. Immediately scoop dough into a zip-top bag and seal. Clip a large corner off the bag and squeeze out a small circle of dough. Place a kiss/hug in the center and then continue piping dough in a swirl that covers the kiss up. Use your other hand to press the swirl together as you go- so that the kiss is covered up completely. Continue piping these “poop” out on the cookie sheet- put them fairly close together on the sheet Bake at 350F degrees for about 8 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet. Use a little white chocolate or some White candy melts to “glue” eyes on, and use the same white chocolate to pipe on a smile.

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Grilled Pineapple Sundaes 4 pineapple slices 4 scoops vanilla ice cream Dulce de leche, for drizzling 2 tbsp. sweetened shredded coconut, toasted

Heat grill to high. Grill pineapple until charred, 1 minute per side. Top each pineapple slice with vanilla ice cream and drizzle with dulce de leche or caramel. Top with shredded coconut and serve immediately. www.delish.com

Buttercream Frosting Sandwiches Buttercream frosting Graham crackers Sprinkles, optional

These sandwiches are a quick and easy dessert that turns your leftover frosting into a new treat. Because buttercream frosting is just too good to throw out! Spread frosting on a graham cracker and press another cracker on top. For an easy decoration, pour some sprinkles onto a plate and dip the edges of the sandwiches in the sprinkles. www.itsybitsyfoodies.com

Frozen Yogurt Fruity Bites 1 cup yogurt 1/4 cup strawberries, sliced 1/4 cup blueberries 1/4 cup raspberries 1/2 cup mango, diced Silicone muffin cups On a baking sheet, lay out 12 silicon muffin cups. Dollop some yogurt into each cup, until all the yogurt is gone.

Place a few pieces fruit into each cup, pressing them down into the yogurt with the tip of your finger. Place the cups into the freezer, and freeze overnight, or until the yogurt is set.

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Once frozen, remove from the cases and serve, or place in an air-tight plastic bag and store in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. www.popsugar.com

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Terry, The Awkward Turtle

The story of a young turtle who was born with his shell on his stomach instead of on his back. Being different has caused Terry to feel lonely, to be picked on at school, and to be nicknamed "The Awkward Turtle."

Bugs In My Hair!

When Ethan looks under the bed for his monster, he finds this note instead: “So long, kid. Gotta go. Someone needs me more than you do – Gabe.” How will Ethan ever get to sleep without his monster’s familiar, comforting snorts? And who could need Gabe more than Ethan does? Gabe must have gone to Ethan’s little sister’s room! She has been climbing out of bed every night to play, and obviously needs a monster to help her get to sleep – but not HIS monster! An irresistible monster-under-the-bed story with the perfect balance of giggles and shivers.

Don’t Tell!

How did you find this book? Don't you know this book is a secret book? Readers will delight in being asked how they found this book. Did Monkey tell? Was it Owl? Giraffe? Maybe the animal who "told" would rather share than keep a secret.

Oh, David!

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Not Quite Narwhal

In the tradition of Uni the Unicorn and Gaston, this heartwarming and adorable debut picture book tells the story of a young unicorn who was born under the sea to a family of narwhals. Born deep in the ocean, Kelp is not like the other narwhals and one day, when he spies a creature on land that looks like him, he learns why. 24 - July 2018

Oh, David! What have you done now?! Whether it's time to get dressed, eat breakfast, or go to sleep, this youngster can always find a way to make a little trouble. But no matter what David does, his mother truly loves him--and children will, too.

Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur

This funny story, is told in a read-aloud rhyme. The girl has numerous opportunities to be helpful to the clumsy shopping dino & demonstrate when to say "thank you," "excuse me," "I'm sorry," "You're welcome," and more! Family News


Ages 5 - 12 welcome

Fun weekly themes! SUMMER

CAMPS

June 4 - Aug. 9

Dairy Free Island will be offering healthy snacks that can be purchased weekly.

Camp hours 7:30 am - 6 pm $45 daily, 3 days $125, full week $175

PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE

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GIDGETS, GADGETS AND GIZMOS!!

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LEGO Gadgets Make, experiment, and play! This activity kit will have you building 11 machines including a gravity powered car and a wacky boxing robot.

Cheshire Cat Fine Toy Shop Bell Tower Shops, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers 239-482-8697

The Claw Electronic Candy Machine www.LivingSocial.com

$27.99

The charming toy pillow looks like a sweet unicorn wait, now it's a dashing dragon! Two fluffy characters that flip back and forth for two sides of fun.

Flip A Zoo Persephone Unicorn & Imogen Dragon www.ebay.com

$32.20

This realistically designed ride-on comes with golf bag and clubs, plastic golf balls and tees. 1 speed plus reverse. Maximum speed 2.5 mph!

Does your child hate to wear headphones? Are they uncomfortable, too big, or keep falling off? CozyPhones is the perfect solution and they are now available in some of their favorite characters!

CozyPhones Kids Headphones 26 - July 2018

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19.97

Kid Motorz Jr. Pro Golf Cart www.ebay.com

$294.99

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Helps children practice shape recognition (circle, star, heart, square, triangle), colors and fine motor skills as they match up the shapes and snap on the wings.

The Mom, I'm Bored Activity Book www.walmart..com

Snap-N-Learn Shape Butterflies

$15.99

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$14

This app is aimed at preventing hot car injuries and deaths. The app will detect when the car stops moving, and after a certain amount of time that you set (between 3-6 minutes) the app will send you a notification -to make sure that you took the children out of the car.

“The Backseat� App

Free to download and is available for iPhone and Android.

Kids Walkie Talkies - Two Way Radio www.gearbest.com

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$11.21

Leapfrog Kids Activity Tracker www.urbanoutfitters.com $36.99

Crayola Air Marker Sprayer www.Crayola.com

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FestivalsFairs around the state

Family Fun Day on the 4th Bamford Sports Complex - Pine Island Park, 3801 S. Pine Island Rd, Davie Event will be held on July 4 from 4 - 9 p.m. Free family activities including bounce houses, rides, a climbing wall, face painters, arts and crafts, youth entertainment, swimming and games around the park all day along with food trucks with a variety of food available for sale. Ending with fireworks at 9 p.m. www.davie-fl.gov Independence Day Celebration and Parade Sharon Sheffield Park, 901 Ohio Avenue, Lynn Haven The Independence Day Celebration and Parade will be held on July 4. It'll feature vendors, crafts, music, inflatables, contests for all ages, food, pony rides, petting zoo, fireworks and more. Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. www.cityoflynnhaven.com 4th on Flagler Waterfront and City Commons, West Palm Beach It'll include military honor ceremony, life games, live music, human foosball and bowling, free kids' activities, delicious food, fireworks extravaganza and much more. Free admission. Hours: 5 -10 p.m. www.visitwpb.com North Port Freedom Festival North Port High School, 6400 W Price Blvd, North Port The Freedom Festival will be held on July 4 at 6 p.m. Featuring live entertainment, vendors, great food, spectacular fireworks and more. www.cityofnorthport.com

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Baby and Kids Expo Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E Hibiscus Blvd, Melbourne Event will be held on July 7 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Expo offers free admission and free activities including face painting, laser tag, Rydables obstacle course, photo booth, glitter tattoos, bounce houses, balloon twisting & crafts! All activities are indoors! www.eventbrite.com Alive After 5 - Freedom Fest Downtown Sanford Event will be held on July 12 from 5 - 8 p.m. in Historic Downtown Sanford. At this street party, come celebrate the community and local artistry. Central Florida’s largest monthly street party with live music, local artists, food and craft beers. You can also visit local restaurants, art galleries, gift shops, antique stores, nightlife and a variety of other unique businesses. Free. www.doorlandonorth.com Brandon Back to School Bash Westfield Brandon Mall, 459 Brandon Town Center Dr., Brandon Event will be held on July 14 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fun event filled with hands-on activities, school resources for all children, an interactive scavenger hunt, meet and greets with the best local sports mascots & characters. The first 250 kids receive a FREE backpack and vendors will be offering free school supplies. www.westfield.com Fort Pierce Chili Cook-Off Havert L. Fenn Center 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce The Chili Cook-Off will be held on July 14. There will be live entertainment, cook offs, chili eating competitions, food and more. A fun family atmosphere with free admission & free parking. www.bgcofslc.org

Tampa Back to School Bash Westfield Citrus Park Mall 8021 Citrus Park Town Center Boulevard, Tampa Event will be held on July 21 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event will feature hands-on activities, an interactive scavenger hunt, free backpacks filled with school supplies for the first 250 children, local exhibitors, resources for all childrens education levels, professional sport team mascots, strolling princesses & super heros, Interactive activities & demonstrations, fun play areas for children of all ages. www.eventbrite.com Countryside Back to School Bash Westfield Countryside Mall 27001 US Highway 19, Clearwater Event will be held on July 22 from noon to 5 p.m. The event will feature hands-on activities, an interactive scavenger hunt, school resources, mascots and characters, freebies and giveaways. www.westfield.com Scallop Festival Kings Bay Park, NW 3rd Street, Crystal River Event will be held July 28-29 starting at noon. Featuring live music, scallop cook-off, citrus Inflatables with water slides & bounce houses, kids zone, beverages, contests, food, crafts and more. www.festivalnet.com Sarasota Back to School Bash Westfield Sarasota Square Mall 8201 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Event will be held on July 29 from noon - 5 p.m. The event will feature hands-on activities, an interactive scavenger hunt, meet and greets with sport team mascots, strolling princesses & super heros, demonstrations & more. www.westfield.com

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Summer Movie Express:

Lego Movie & Alvin and the Chipmunks Regal Gulf Coast Stadium 16 & Regal Cinemas Bell Tower 20 in Fort Myers July 3 – 4 • 10 a.m. Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Each week both movies play on both days.

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Family Night: Cow Appreciation Day

MangoMania Tropical Fruit Fair

Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake 13610 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Tuesday, July 10 • 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.

German-American Social Club 2101 SW Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral July 14 - 1 5 • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Come dressed like a cow and receive a FREE entree. Fun cow games and pictures all day long! 239-433-9030 30 - July 2018

The 22nd annual Tropical Fruit Fair will include food and recipes, contests, art & craft vendors, live music, face painting, bounce house, games, prizes, mango hat parade, kids activities area and more. 239-283-0888

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Summer Movie Express Regal Gulf Coast Stadium 16 & Regal Cinemas Bell Tower 20 in Fort Myers Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Each week both movies play on both days.

Sing and The Peanuts Movie

LEGO Ninjago Movie & Ferdinand

July 10 – 11 • 10 a.m.

July 17 – 18 • 10 a.m.

Jurassic Quest Lee Civic Center 11831 Bayshore Rd, N. Fort Myers July 20, 21 & 22 Friday 3 - 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Dinosaurs • Dinosaurs • Dinosaurs HUGE, NEW 24 ft Carnotaurus & T-rex rides! Walking Dakotaraptors, Dilophosaurus & Dinosaurs! NEW walking dinosaur rides! Fossil digs, paleontology, fossil stations, Small child (5 & under) dino scooters! Cinema, dinosaur bounce houses and bungee pulls! Crafts, face painting, green screen photo and more. Tickets: https://jurassicquest.com/ft-myers 32 - July 2018

PBR Pro Touring Division Germain Arena 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero July 27 - 28 Matching the world’s best bull riding athletes against the toughest animal athletes on the planet in an 8-second man versus beast duel 239-948-7825 Family News


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Summer Movie Express Regal Gulf Coast Stadium 16 & Regal Cinemas Bell Tower 20 in Fort Myers Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Each week both movies play on both days.

The Secret Life of Pets & Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

The Lego Batman Movie & Trolls

July 24 – 25 • 10 a.m.

July 31 – Aug. 1 • 10 a.m.

Big Backpack Event

Hogwarts on Del Prado 2018

North Fort Myers High 5000 Orange Grove Blvd., Sunday, July 29 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The largest back-to-school outreach program in Lee County is back for its 19th year. North Fort Myers High School will serve as the new venue for the Big Backpack Event, where thousands of kids will receive free backpacks and school supplies in a celebration of community diversity. The line typically begins to form as early as 7 a.m., but it moves quickly once the doors open. Thanks to vendors, students will also receive free back-to-school eye exams, haircuts and other giveaways, while supplies last. Admission is free. www.multicultural-centre.org 34 - July 2018

Red Headed Witches 1910 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral Saturday, July 28 • 3 - 8 p.m.

We are very pleased to inform you that you are all invited to come for a visit and experience the magic yourselves! Bring the entire family. Muggles are welcome too! Meet and take photos with live characters as the music of Harry Potter plays in the background! What characters will be there you ask? Ahhhh..you must come and find out! Purchase a wizards pass to enjoy all the wizarding activities including: Spell demonstrations, Potions Class, Divination Class, Muggle Bean Boozled Challenge, Play our version of Quidditch and more! Come dressed up and enter the costume contest! 239-573-6566 Family News


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July

Things to do

Meet favorite Marvel© Super Heroes Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Naples June 30 - July 2

Meet favorite Marvel© Super Heroes at Naples Zoo! Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Captain America will be here Saturday, June 30th through Monday, July 2nd. The meet and greets are included with admission (free for members). Schedule: Black Panther: 10 a.m. - noon all three days • Spider-Man: 1 - 3 p.m. Saturday & Monday • Captain America: 1 - 3 p.m. Sunday only. 239-262-5409

Sun - 1

Family Summer Camp Bass Pro Shops 10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers Noon Bring the kids to fish in the catch and release pond. You can even get a FREE Photo download! Also, FREE Workshops recommended for ages 8-12 from Noon - 3 p.m. All workshops will be approximately 20 minutes in length. 239-461-7800 Free Family Activities Bass Pro Shops 10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers July 1 – 22 Every Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday! Starts @ Noon. Games, crafts, workshops & more! www.basspro.com EAA 66 Young Eagle Rally and Pancake Breakfast Page Field Airport Ft. Myers Captain Channing Page Dr, Ft. Myers 8 - 10 a.m. Kids 11-17 come explore aviation with us. We will be giving a mini aviation lesson followed by a flight in a general aviation aircraft. When the flight is over you will get a participation certificate, flight log book, and a code to go online and take ground school. It is the ground school you need to become a pilot. The YE rally is free. The all you can eat pancake breakfast is $6. Message via our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/EAAYoung-Eagles) if you are interested in attending. 36 - July 2018

Christmas in July Shell Factory & Nature Park 2787 N. Tamiami Trl. North Fort Myers July 1 - 31 Discounts, giveaways, ornaments and more! Santa is arriving July 13-15 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. www.shellfactory.com

Mon - 2

Chess Anyone? East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres 2 p.m. July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Rise to the chess challenge and join the fun. Chess enthusiasts of all ages Use your own chess set or use one of ours. 239-479-4636 Family Fun Scavenger Hunt South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero 11 a.m. Monday, July 2 - 31 Harry is missing. Can you help us find him? See the Reference Desk during normal library hours for details. 239-479-4636 Kindness Club South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero 3:30 p.m. Join us at the library to create kindness in our community. Kids can participate in fun activities designed to encourage kindness and help make the world a better place. For grades 2 - 6. Dress for mess. All children attending must be registered. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero 10 a.m. Baby will earn new nursery rhymes & fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books & dance. Registration required. 239-479-4636 Rock Band for Teens Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers July 2 – 6 • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Play “Rock Band” in the Teen Scene all week. No registration is necessary. 239-479-4636 Teen on the Table Craft: Pet Rocks Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral July 2 - 31 Available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday: Noon – 8 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For teens, grades 6-12. Drop by the Teen Zone and make your very own pet rock. Pet rocks are great at keeping secrets, weighting down papers on a windy day. All supplies provided. 239-479-4636 Coloring Fun Drop-In Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m. - Noon Monday, July 2 10 a.m. – Noon Thursday, July 5 Enjoy a relaxing morning filled with coloring fun. Drop in to color, doodle and relax at the library. All materials provided. No registration needed. For ages 2 - 12. 239-479-4636

Tue - 3

Checkers Captiva Memorial Library 11560 Chapin Lane on Captiva July 3 - 31 Available during normal library operating hours. Play classic checkers, Fox and Geese, Give Away, Shifting Pyramids, Corner Checkers or Goban. Instructions included. Alternatively, reverse the field and play Tic-Tac-Toe or Super Tic-Tac-Toe. 239-479-4636 Summer Movie Express: The Lego Movie & Alvin and the Chipmunks Regal Gulf Coast Stadium 16 & Regal Cinemas Bell Tower 20 in Fort Myers July 3 - 4 • 10 a.m. Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available Both movies play on both days. Family Night: 4th of July Craft and Cookies Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake 13610 S. Tamiami Trail Fort Myers 5 - 7 p.m. Join us for fun Patriotic crafts and cookie decorating. 239-433-9030 Snowball Fight! (teen) South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero 6:15 p.m. Get ready to dodge, duck and dive. Then relax with guided meditation. A fun and heart healthy program. We recommend bringing a beach towel or yoga mat. Drop in program. 239-479-4636

Family Movie Date Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. July 3, 10, 24 Is your child ready for the big screen? Join us as we set up a mini movie theater experience for you and your littles. Enjoy a feature film and see if your little one is ready for a movie date. Movie like atmosphere with low lighting and audio sound. 239-479-4636 Writer's Workshop East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres 6 p.m. Join local writers as they meet each month to practice, share, and discuss various literary art forms. Meetings may vary. All are welcome. 239-479-4636 Wii Rock at the Library East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres 11 a.m. “Just Dance,” the coolest dance game for kids, will be projected onto the library's big screen. Rock out to some fun songs. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Wed -4 Fourth of July round up of activities on page 6. Free Kids Crafts Miromar Outlets, Estero 10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland Every Wednesday! Fun activities for kids, toddlers to 12. 239-948-3766 Family News


Freedom 5K & Kid's Fun Run 2051 Cape Coral Parkway E., Cape Coral 7:30 a.m. Join us for the Freedom 5K on July 4th starting at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge. http://web.capecoralchamber.com

Thu - 5

Bubblemania Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 10 a.m. Go nuts over these soapy spheres and dance to some favorite kids’ tunes. All ages welcome. 239-479-4636

Fri - 6

Game Night at the Youth Center Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center 315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral 6:15 - 10 p.m. Every Friday night, participants in grades 2-8 can enjoy playing the latest video games plus a fun night of activities including arts and crafts, dancing, air hockey and laser tag at the youth center. The cost is just $10 per person including pizza and prizes will be given out weekly. 239-242-3650 Sea Turtle Talk Lovers Key State Park 8700 Estero Blvd., Ft. Myers Beach 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. Due to limited space, reservations are required. 239-463-4588. Regular Entrance Fees Apply Family Beach Walk J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island Every Friday at 9 a.m. The one-hour program convenes at Gulfside Park to explore the refuge’s gulf-front Perry Tract. City parking fees apply. Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. 239-472-1100

Sat - 7

Special Needs Storytime Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m. Books, music, and sensory experiences for children age 3 to 12 with special needs and their families. Registration required. 239-479-4636

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Kids Club Under the Stars Michaels 13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers 239-215-1730 8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero 239-949-4299 10 a.m. - noon Kids ages 3 and up can enjoy making a star themed Tic-tac-toe game. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. $2. Kids Club Under the Stars Michaels 13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers 239-215-1730 8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero 239-949-4299 10 a.m. - noon Kids ages 6 and up can enjoy making a glow in the dark ring toss game. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. $5. Home Depot Kids Workshop: Fishing Game Home Depot, Various locations 9 a.m. - noon Reel in the summer fun in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a fishing game while tackling educational and developmental skills. Once your fishing game is built, you and your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Apron, commemorative pin & certificate of achievement. workshops.homedepot.com Parents Night Out Sky Zone Fort Myers 14181 S. Tamiami Trail, Ste 140 6 p.m. Parents, hate leaving your kids at home with the babysitter to just stare at the TV? Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park is redefining Parent's Night Out. Drop off the kids at Sky Zone for a fun night of games and activities while you are out on the town! 239-313-5448 Science Saturday at the IMAG IMAG History & Science Center 2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. IMAG History & Science Center Science Saturday occurs on the 1st Saturday of every month. Interactive experiences above and beyond IMAG’s 60+ exhibits are stationed throughout the center. These activities are included in the price of admission. 239-243-0043

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Things to do Saturday, July 7 continued Storytime and Activities Featuring Neck & Neck 23130 Fashion Drive, Estero 239-947-8724 Barnes & Noble - Marketplace SC 13751 Tamiami Tr, Fort Myers 239-437-0654 11 a.m. In this laugh-out-loud new book from the creator of the bestselling If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!, a giraffe's self-esteem is tested during a hilarious confrontation between unlikely look-alikes. Busy Me, Busy You Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia 3:30 p.m. Create a busy book designed to keep toddlers and kids busy during your next outing. Design ideas will be available. While supplies last. Adult supervision is required around crafting materials. 239-479-4636 Rotary's Family Fun Day The Center Bar at Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 South Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 4 - 9 p.m. Join Bonita Beach Sunset Rotary for a Family Fun Saturday with live music from The SCS Band, children's games and a bounce house. Enjoy food vendors and drinks at The Center Bar. Buy a $20 raffle ticket for a chance to WIN UP TO $7,000 CASH! Grand Prize $5,000; 2nd Prize $1,500, 3rd Prize $500 Raffle Drawing at 7 p.m. www. bonitabeachsunsetrotary.com Free Kids Fishing Bass Pro Shops 10040 Gulf Center Dr, Fort Myers 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join us the 1st Saturday of every month for our free kid's fishing event! We supply the rods, reels, bait, and knowledge, just bring your sense of adventure. Meet us at the lake behind the store. 239-461-7800

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Wii and Board Games (teen) East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres Noon – 2 p.m. July 9 & July 20 Beat the summer heat. Drop in and play Nintendo Wii or a variety of board games. Limited to grades 6-12. 239-479-4636 An Afternoon at the Movies Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 2 p.m. With their warning about an evil wizard’s return scoffed at, a student wizard and his headmaster are targeted by the wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at their school. Rated PG-13. Registration is required. 239479-4636 38 - July 2018

Katie Adams: Cracker Cinderella Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 2 p.m. South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero 6:15 p.m. In this original version of “Cinderella,” puppets crafted like oldfashioned dolls, a helpful tree fairy and a gown made with magic moss are all combined to bring a unique flavor of old-time Florida to this beloved rags-to-riches tale. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Free tickets available beginning July 2. 239-479-4636

Tue - 10

Attack of the Locks: Escape Room Bonita Springs Public Library 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs 1 p.m. Join us for this Star Wars inspired escape room adventure. Players must help R5-D4 save the galaxy by solving a series of intricate and interconnected puzzles. Can you solve all the puzzles and unlock the clues before time runs out? For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration begins July 3. 239-479-4636 Lovers Key Fishing Clinic Lovers Key State Park 8700 Estero Blvd., Ft. Myers Beach 10 a.m. Join Park Naturalists 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. Due to limited space, reservations are required. 239-463-4588. Dance to the Rhythm (teen) North Fort Myers Public Library 50 Pine Island Rd, N. Fort Myers 2 p.m. Location: North Fort Myers Recreation Center Join Emily Gibson with Lee Memorial Health System as we move and groove to our favorite hits. Keep cool and stay fit during this indoor dance and fitness class. For teens, grades 6-12. 239-479-4636 Rockin' in the Kitchen (teen) Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 1 p.m. Work in teams to make gnocchi. Ann Shepard, from Get U Cooking, will teach teens to cut, peel, boil, and serve this dish made from scratch. Have fun with friends while learning cooking techniques you can use at home. For teens in grades 6 – 12. Registration begins July 3. 239-479-4636

Dance to the Rhythm Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 6:15 p.m. Join Emily Gibson with Lee Memorial Health System as we move and groove to our favorite hits. Keep cool and stay fit during this indoor dance and fitness class. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration begins July 3. 239-479-4636 The Earth's Break-Up: Escape Room Bonita Springs Public Library 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs 4 p.m. In this escape room adventure, you will travel back in time where you must rely on your survival skills and knowledge of planet Earth in order to endure and return to the present day, or you will be stuck in the time of the dinosaurs forever. For grades 6 – 12. 239-479-4636

Chess Anyone? (teen) Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, July 10, 24 Rise to the chess challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. 239-479-4636 Katie Adams: Cracker Cinderella Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 2 p.m. In this original version of Cinderella, puppets crafted like old-fashioned dolls, a helpful tree fairy, and a gown made with magic moss are all combined to bring a unique flavor of old-time Florida to this beloved rags-to-riches tale. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration is required. 239-479-4636 Summer Movie Express: Sing & The Peanuts Movie Regal Gulf Coast Stadium 16 & Regal Cinemas Bell Tower 20 in Fort Myers July 10 - 11 • 10 a.m. Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Each week both movies play on both days.

Wed - 11

Christmas in July

Santa visits the Shell Factory & Nature Park July 13-15 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Family Night: Cow Appreciation Day Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake 13610 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. Come dressed like a cow and receive a FREE entree. Fun cow games and pictures all day long! 239-433-9030 Science of Sound w/DoDad's Lab East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres 11 a.m. Can you hear me now? Children will learn about volume, pitch, and wave through exciting experiments and activities that will get everyone laughing and learning. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Free tickets available beginning July 3. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 10 a.m. July 11, 18, 25 During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and finger plays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. An age-appropriate activity will be provided following storytime. First come, first served. Please dress for mess. 239-479-4636 Free Kids Crafts Miromar Outlets, Estero 10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland Every Wednesday! Fun activities for kids, toddlers to 12. 239-948-3766 Give-Mas: Gifting in July (teen) Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia 1 – 6:30 p.m. Create a holiday craft while enjoying a classic winter holiday film. While supplies last. 239-479-4636 Baby Rhyme Time Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 10:30 a.m. July 11, 18, 25 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14 During this special storytime for babies up to 18 months, caregivers and babies learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Give-Mas: Gifting in July Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia 1 – 6:30 p.m. Create a holiday craft while enjoying a classic winter holiday film. While supplies last. 239-479-4636 Drumming with Ndakthe North Fort Myers Public Library 50 Pine Island Rd, N. Fort Myers 11 a.m. Location: North Fort Myers Recreation Center Learn to play the fiery rhythms of West Africa with Master Drummer Ndakhte Ndiaye. Children will learn the fascinating history and meaning of the rhythms and dance movements in this lively cultural presentation. Hand-carved Djembe drums provided. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Free tickets available beginning July 3. 239-479-4636 Reading in the Refuge J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Attendees of each 45-minute reading-and-crafts session learn about a refuge animal and make a takehome craft related to it. Meet in the Visitor & Education Center classroom. 239-472-1100 ext. 237 Rock Art Garden (teen) East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres 2 p.m. Join us for a rock painting party. Paint rocks to resemble cacti or flowers and “plant” them in small pots. For students in grades 6-12. Space limited. 239-479-4636 Lego Mind Storms (teens) Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 2 p.m. Tweens, let’s get together and build blocks with Lego Mind Storms. Get creative, have fun and meet new friends. No registration is required. 239-479-4636 Stories Alive with Windell Campbell Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers 10:30 a.m. Windell Campbell takes the audience on an exciting journey using his voice and puppets to bring stories alive. 239-479-4636 Baby Rhyme Time Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m. July 11, 18, 25 For ages 0 to 18 months. Pick up a ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. Space is limited. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636 Family News


Mid-week Boredom Busters South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero 2 p.m. Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 Drop in to build, make or play Wednesday afternoons during the Summer Reading Program. Some projects may need adult assistance. Dress for mess. 239-479-4636

Thu - 12

Life-Size Games & Miniature Worlds (teen) Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 2 p.m. Try your hand at life-size versions of your favorite games: Angry Birds, Chess, Checkers and Jenga. Then, create a miniature world with our story terrarium craft. For grades 6 – 12. 239-479-4636 Dance to the Rhythm Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia 2 p.m. Join Emily Gibson with Lee Health as we move and groove to our favorite hits. Keep cool and stay fit during this indoor dance and fitness class. Registration is required. 239-479-4636 Be a Wonder (teen) Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 2 – 4 p.m. Earn service hours! Paint rocks with inspiring designs or words to create a photo rock for local nursing home residents. For teens who have completed grades 6 ‒ 12. 239-479-4636 Songbirds Make Beautiful Music Captiva Memorial Library 11560 Chapin Lane on Captiva 2 p.m. Listen to bird sounds, share bird books and make a bird craft. 239-479-4636 Sounds of Nature Riverdale Branch Library 2421 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers 3 p.m. Join Ding Darling educators as we explore the music of nature and the animals that live around us. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Free tickets available beginning July 5. 239-479-4636 Baby Rhyme Time Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 10 a.m. Thursdays, July 12, 19 During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

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Catch the Beat Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Rock on at the library. Explore music through games, crafts and stories. Create a musical instrument of your own so you can jam at home. Registration begins July 5. 239-479-4636

Fri - 13

Drumming with Ndakthe (teen) Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers 2 p.m. Learn to play the fiery rhythms of West Africa with Master Drummer Ndakhte Ndiaye. Teens will learn the fascinating history and meaning of the rhythms and dance movements in this lively cultural presentation. Hand-carved Djembe drums provided. Registration begins July 6. 239-479-4636 This Little Light of Mine: Create a Holiday Craft (teen) Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Create a one of a kind tea light holder to give as a gift for the upcoming holiday season or to enjoy for yourself. Acrylic paint and glass will be used to at this event. 239-479-4636 Rockin' Songs and Stories Riverdale Branch Library 2421 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m. Fridays, July 13, 20, 27 This program is for children under age six who have not been to kindergarten. Children, parents and caregivers will interact through music, stories & play. 239-479-4636 Camp Creativity - Slime Friday Michaels 13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers 239-215-1730 8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero 239-949-4299 10 - 11 a.m. Come in every Friday during Camp Creativity to enjoy customizing the featured slime of the week! All supplies provided, including premade slime. Parent or guardian must remain on the premises. Free. Age: 3 and Up

Sat - 14

Science Saturday Miromar Outlets, Estero 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in WINK Playland Join Mr. Glen and his Science and Engineering team for interactive science projects. 239-948-3766

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Things to do Saturday, July 14 continued John Storms: World of Reptiles East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres 11 a.m. Discover the fascinating and slithering world of reptiles with John Storms as he features several favorite cold-blooded creatures. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Free tickets available beginning July 10. 239-479-4636

Gulf Coast Symphony Patriotic Pops Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers 7 p.m. A celebration of the red, white, and blue with the Gulf Coast Symphony performing patriotic favorites, including a salute to the Armed Forces. Prior to the concert, there will be a backyard BBQ feeling, with complimentary sliders and mini hot dogs provided, and an array of beverages available for purchase. 239-481-4849 Parks & Recreation Family Fun Day The Bill Austen Youth Center 315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral 9 a.m. - Noon July is National Parks and Recreation month. Come out and learn about the variety of activities offered for all ages by Cape Coral Parks and Recreation. There will be carnival games, interactive displays, live critters, giveaways and more! This event is free! 239-242-3950 Dance to the Rhythm (teen) Riverdale Branch Library 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers 2 p.m. Join Emily Gibson with Lee Memorial Health System as we move and groove to our favorite hits. Keep cool and stay fit during this indoor dance and fitness class. For teens, grades 6-12. Registration not required. 239-479-4636 Kids Club: Summer Souvenirs Michaels 13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers 239-215-1730 8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero 239-949-4299 10 a.m. - noon Kids ages 6 and up can enjoy making a no sew keepsake pouch. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. $5. MangoMania Tropical Fruit Fair German-American Social Club July 14 - 15 The 22nd annual Tropical Fruit Fair will be held will include food and recipe contests; art & craft vendors, live music games, kids activities area and more. 239-283-0888 Storytime and Activities Featuring The Princess and the Pit Stop 23130 Fashion Drive, Estero 239-947-8724 Barnes & Noble - Marketplace SC 13751 Tamiami Tr, Fort Myers 239-437-0654 11 a.m. Featuring appearances by fairy tale favorites including the Tortoise and the Hare, the Frog Prince, and all of the Wicked Witches, this mash-up of race cars and royalty is a celebration of both girl power and horsepower.

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Indoor Family Movie Night: The Mighty Ducks Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Saturday, July 14 • 7 p.m.

Are we Ducks or what? Celebrate your love of the game with the classic ice-hockey flick, The Mighty Ducks! Tough trial lawyer Gordon Bombay never loses. But when he’s slapped with a community service assignment, he must coach a ragtag team of pee wee hockey players who can’t skate, can’t score, and can’t win! Reluctantly, Bombay takes on the assignment and soon realizes there are more important things than winning. Come tour the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit and enjoy a night of family-fun on the big screen in our theatre. This event is free to attend, but an RSVP is required. Seating is first come, first serve. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 239-939-2787

Kids Club: Summer Souvenirs Michaels 13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers 239-215-1730 8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero 239-949-4299 10 a.m. - noon Kids ages 3 and up can enjoy making a summer memories book. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. $2. READ to Dogs East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres 11 a.m. R.E.A.D. companions are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team to help improve the literacy skills of children. 239-479-4636

Sun - 15

National Ice Cream Day Royal Scoop Ice Cream 15 8th Street, Suite D, North side of 8th Street in Bonita First 100 people get 1 scoop of ice cream free. Give a pint of blood and get a pint of ice cream free from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enter to win free ice cream for a year. Brain Freeze Ice Cream Contest Must pre-resgister at www.royalscoop.com 239-992-2000

Mon - 16

Game Night for Teens Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 5 p.m. Play Super Mario, NHL, Sonic, FIFA, Madden and many others. 239-479-4636

The Science of Sound with DoDad's Lab Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 2 p.m. South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero 6:15 p.m. Children will learn about volume, pitch, and wave through exciting experiments and activities that will get everyone laughing and learning. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Free tickets available beginning July 9. 239-479-4636 An Afternoon at the Movies Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 2 p.m. Now in his sixth year at wizard school, our hero begins to learn more about his nemesis’ dark past. This movie is rated PG and runs 153 minutes. Registration is required. 239-479-4636 Baby Rhyme Time East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres 10 a.m. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Tue - 17

Family Night - Summer Slime Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake 13610 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 5 - 7 p.m. We will be making summer slimewhile supplies last! 239-433-9030

Rockin' Magic Show Bonita Springs Public Library 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs 1 p.m. Joey, Alexandra and Sydney (the Eclectus parrot) will lead you on an adventure featuring comedy, magic, music and audience interaction. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration begins July 10. 239-479-4636 Pirates Don’t Rock the Boat Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 2 p.m. Test your pirate trivia knowledge, complete fun challenges and earn pirate loot for your team. Let's batten down the hatches and find out. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration is required. 239-479-4636 Dance to the Rhythm (teen) Bonita Springs Public Library 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs 4 p.m. Join Emily Gibson with Lee Health as we move and groove to our favorite hits. Keep cool and stay fitness class. For grades 6 – 12. 239-479-4636 Bad Art Contest (teen) Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 1 p.m. Participants will be tasked with creating the ugliest, silliest or tackiest piece of artwork they can. The worst one, as voted on by the participants, will win a trophy. For teens in grades 6 – 12. Registration begins July 10. 239-479-4636

Summer Movie Express: The LEGO Ninjago Movie & Ferdinand Regal Gulf Coast Stadium 16 & Regal Cinemas Bell Tower 20 in Fort Myers July 17 - 18 • 10 a.m. Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Each week both movies play on both days. John Storms: World of Reptiles Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 6:15 p.m. Discover the fascinating and slithering world of reptiles with John Storms as he features several favorite cold-blooded creatures. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration begins July 10. 239-479-4636

Wed - 18

Dragon Eggs Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 4 p.m. Dragon eggs can be tricky to find in the wild so why not make your own? All supplies provided. Registration is required as space is limited to 20. Your registration is good until the start of the program only. 239-479-4636 Free Kids Crafts Miromar Outlets, Estero 10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland Every Wednesday! Fun activities for kids, toddlers to 12. 239-948-3766 Moms Appreciation Day Miromar Outlets, Estero 10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland Moms receive a coupon for a free drink & treat from le macaron french pastries while their children attend FREE Kids Crafts. 239-948-3766 The Science of Sound with DoDad's Lab Johann Fust Community Library 1040 W. 10th St, Boca Grande 10:30 a.m. Location: Boca Grande Community Center Children will learn about volume, pitch and wave through exciting experiments and activities that will get everyone laughing and learning. For children in grades K-5. 239-479-4636 Family News


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Things to do Wednesday, July 18 continued Sounds of Nature Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers 10:30 a.m. Join Ding Darling educators as we explore the music of nature and the animals that live around us. 239-479-4636

Hollywood Movie Night William “Bill” Austen Youth Center 315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral 6 - 9 p.m. Participants will enjoy a popcorn buffet while watching a movie on our state of the art screen with surround sound. This program is for ages 8-14 and is $10 per person. Guardians are not required to stay. 239-242-3950

STEAM by the Stacks: Magic Floating UFO Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia 1 – 6:30 p.m. Create a UFO while learning the principles of why things fly. While supplies last. 239-479-4636 John Storms: World of Reptiles North Fort Myers Public Library 50 Pine Island Rd, N. Fort Myers 11 a.m. Location: N. Fort Myers Recreation Center Discover the fascinating and slithering world of reptiles with John Storms as he features several favorite cold-blooded creatures. Please be on time; registration only guarantees your spot until the start of the program. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Free tickets available beginning July 11. 239-479-4636 Giant Games and Tiny Art (teen) East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres 2 p.m. Come play our giant-sized Jenga and real-life Angry Birds games with your friends. We'll also have a shrinky-dink craft so you can make your own miniature works of art to use as keychains or pendants. For students in grades 6-12. Space is limited. 239-479-4636 Mixing Rocks (teen) Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 2 p.m. Teens, would you like to learn about mixing music? Chris Presnell will show you the basic programming skills for mixing music in your home studio. Learn how to create tracks, connect mics, keyboards and other instruments, how to use a click track, overdub and final output ready to be posted or published. No registration is required. 239-479-4636

Thu - 19

Riverdale High (teen) Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 2 – 4 p.m. Be a Betty and earn service hours in this Riverdale High edition. Drop in to decorate canvas bags with encouraging words and designs. These canvas bags will be donated to local domestic violence shelters. For teens who have completed grades 6 – 12. 239-479-4636

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Family Yoga With Kathryn Miromar Outlets, Estero 10 a.m. in WINK Playland A FREE 45-minute beginners’ yoga class for families with toddlers to tweens. Bring your own mat. 239-948-3766

Cirque du Soleil Presents Crystal Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero July 12 - 15

A Breakthrough Ice Experience skates into Germain Arena July 12-15. Feel the adrenaline as Cirque du Soleil creates a frozen playground and a world of wonder on ice that defies all expectations. 239-948-7825 Evil Dead, The Musical: The High School Version The Laboratory Theater 1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers July 19, 20, 21 at 8 p.m., July 21, 22 at 2 p.m. What do you get when you combine cult classic zombie movies with stereotypical teen movies and put it all to music? You get this crazy, cheesy, hilarious, fun-filled show that appeals to horror and non-horror fans alike! Get ready for blood, chainsaws, limbs, and demons...along with laughter and singing! 239-218-0481 Drumming with Ndakthe Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers 3 p.m. Learn to play the fiery rhythms of West Africa with Master Drummer Ndakhte Ndiaye. Children will learn the fascinating history and meaning of the rhythms and dance movements in this lively cultural presentation. Hand-carved Djembe drums provided. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Free tickets available beginning July 12. 239-479-4636 Rockin' Magic Show Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia 2 p.m. Joey, Alexandra and Sydney (the Eclectus parrot) will lead you on an adventure featuring comedy, magic, music and audience interaction. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Gardening for Kids Captiva Memorial Library 11560 Chapin Lane on Captiva 2 p.m. Learn about gardening books and making a terrarium out of a soda bottle. 239-479-4636 Japanese Culture Day (teen) Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 2 p.m. Listen to a presenter talk about his work as a Japanese-to-English translator while eating some Japanese snacks, then make your own anime and Pokémon crafts. For grades 6 – 12. 239-479-4636

Fri - 20

Baseball & Fireworks Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers July 20 -21 Friday at 6 p.m. & Sat. at 7 p.m. After the game, the Miracle will light up the sky with a pyrotechnic display of fireworks. Miracle vs Lakeland. 239-768-4210 Jurassic Quest Lee Civic Center 11831 Bayshore Rd, N. Fort Myers July 20, 21 & 22 • Fri. 3 - 8 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Dinosaurs • Dinosaurs • Dinosaurs HUGE, NEW 24 ft Carnotaurus & Trex rides! Walking Dakotaraptors, Dilophosaurus & Dinosaurs! NEW walking dinosaur rides! Fossil digs, paleontology, fossil stations, cinema, dinosaur bounce houses and bungee pulls! Crafts, face painting, green screen photo & more. Tickets: https://jurassicquest.com/ft-myers

Sounds of Nature (teen) Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers 2 p.m. Explore the music of nature and the animals that live around us. Registration begins July 13. 239-479-4636

Sat - 21

Lego Club Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 2 p.m. Join us for a short story and Lego building activities. Legos provided for use during this program. 239-479-4636 Storytime and Activities Featuring Happy Dreamer 23130 Fashion Drive, Estero 239-947-8724 Barnes & Noble - Marketplace SC 13751 Tamiami Tr, Fort Myers 239-437-0654 11 a.m. Author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds is back with an inspirational new picture book about what it means to dream big and find happiness. History Saturday at the IMAG IMAG History & Science Center 2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. IMAG History & Science Center History Saturday occurs on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Interactive experiences above and beyond IMAG’s 60+ exhibits are stationed throughout the center. These activities are included in the price of admission. 239-243-0043

Kids Club Jamboree Michaels 13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers 239-215-1730 8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero 239-949-4299 10 a.m. - noon Kids ages 3 and up can enjoy making a mini craft stick xylophone. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises $2. Kids Club Jamboree Michaels 13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers 239-215-1730 8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero 239-949-4299 10 a.m. - noon Kids ages 6 and up can enjoy making a craft stick xylophone. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. $5. Junior Ranger Program Koreshan State Historic Site 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero 10 a.m. Become a Junior Ranger! Discover and learn about plants, animals, and other secrets of the park. Meet in the picnic area at 10 a.m. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Parental presence required. 239-992-0311 "Stranger Things" Are Rockin' Out at Riverdale (teen) Riverdale Branch Library 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers 2 p.m. Week long trivia based on the show and, like, all things related, accumulate on this date for a totally tubular 80s celebration. For teens, grades 612. 239-479-4636

Mon - 23

An Afternoon at the Movies Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 2 p.m. As a teen wizard races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three of the most powerful objects in the wizarding world. PG-13. Registration is required. 239-479-4636 Family News


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Things to do Monday, July 23 continued

Rockin' Magic Show Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 2 p.m. South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero 6:15 p.m. Joey, Alexandra and Sydney (the Eclectus parrot) will lead you on an adventure featuring comedy, magic, music and audience interaction. . For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Free tickets available beginning July 16. 239-479-4636

Tue - 24

PBS Kids Read Bonita Springs Public Library 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs 1 p.m. Join WGCU for fun with some of your favorite PBS KIDS shows, their books and more. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration begins July 17. 239-479-4636 Family Night-BINGO Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake 13610 S Tamiami Trail Fort Myers 5 - 7 p.m. Monthly Family Bingo! Fun night of games, prizes and samples! 239-433-9030 Muggles and Magic Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 6:15 p.m. Join us as we celebrate Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary in the U.S. Lots of magical fun will be had as children are sorted into houses and participate in Potter related activities, including wand making and Quidditch. So hop on your broom and make sure you plan to attend. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration begins July 17. 239-479-4636 Dance to the Rhythm (teen) Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 1 p.m. Join Emily Gibson with Lee Memorial Health System as we move and groove to our favorite hits. Keep cool and stay fit during this indoor dance and fitness class. For teens in grades 6 – 12. Registration begins July 17. 239-479-4636 Dance to the Rhythm (teen) Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 1 p.m. Join Emily Gibson with Lee Memorial Health System as we move and groove to our favorite hits. Keep cool and stay fit during this indoor dance and fitness class. For teens in grades 6 – 12. Registration begins July 17. 239-479-4636 44 - July 2018

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Registration Required STEAM by the Stacks: Salty Challenge Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia 1 – 6:30 p.m. Use the reaction of watercolor and salt to create a one of a kind art project. While supplies last. 239-479-4636

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Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) attend this storytime independently while parents wait nearby in the library building.

Children 2 years old and their caregivers participate in song, fingerplays and short stories.

Fort Myers Regional Library 10 a.m. Wednesdays, July 11, 18

Fort Myers Regional Library 10 a.m. Tuesdays, July 10, 17

Family For the whole family! Bonita Springs Public Library 11 a.m. Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25

North Fort Myers Public Library 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, July 12, 26

East County Regional Library 10 & 11 a.m. Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26

Northwest Regional Library 11 a.m. Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28

Fort Myers Regional Library 10 a.m. Mondays, July 9, 16 Lakes Regional Library 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30

Juggling Workshop for Teens North Fort Myers Public Library 50 Pine Island Rd, N. Fort Myers 2 p.m. Location: N. Fort Myers Recreaction Center Professional juggler Gerard Tricarico demonstrates his amazing juggling abilities and teaches you how to do these incredible tricks, too. Registration is required. 239-479-4636 Summer Games (teen) Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, Wednesday, July 25 & Thursday, July 26 Come out and enjoy your vacation by playing a variety of electronic and board games with us. 239-479-4636 Sounds of Nature East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres 11 a.m. Join Ding Darling educators as we explore the music of nature and the animals that live around us. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Free tickets available beginning July 17 239-479-4636

South County Regional Library 10 a.m. Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 10 a.m. Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26

Spread Some Sunshine in Bonita Springs (teen) Bonita Springs Public Library 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs 4 – 6 p.m. Make someone smile while earning community service hours. Drop in and create a photo rock for local residents of Bonita Springs. Highlight your own creativity while we paint rocks with inspiring designs or words of encouragement. All supplies will be provided. 239-479-4636 Rockin' Magic Show Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 2 p.m. Joey, Alexandra and Sydney (the Eclectus parrot) will lead you on an adventure featuring comedy, magic, music and audience interaction. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration is required. 239-479-4636 Summer Games Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers 2 p.m. Come out and enjoy your vacation by playing a variety of electronic and board games with us. 239-479-4636

Summer Movie Express: The Secret Life of Pets & Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Regal Gulf Coast Stadium 16 & Regal Cinemas Bell Tower 20 in Fort Myers July 24 - 25 • 10 a.m. Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Both movies play on both days.

Wed - 25

Movie Madness Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace 1 p.m. Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending wizard school for the first time. Rated PG. 239-479-4636 The Science of Sound with DoDad's Lab North Fort Myers Public Library 50 Pine Island Rd, N. Fort Myers 11 a.m. Can you hear me now? Children will learn about Volume, Pitch, and Wave through exciting experiments and activities that will get everyone laughing and learning. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Free tickets available beginning July 18. 239-479-4636

End of Summer Party (teen) Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 2 p.m. Celebrate the end of summer with your friends as we play games, eat relax and have fun. 239-479-4636 Guitar Art, Rocks! with DiVitto Kelly Captiva Memorial Library 11560 Chapin Lane on Captiva 6:30 p.m. This fun workshop involves using Styrofoam, a glue/water mix and colored tissue paper to decorate guitars. Registration is required and begins July 18. 239-479-4636 John Storms: World of Reptiles Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers 10:30 a.m. Discover the fascinating and slithering world of reptiles with John Storms as he features several favorite cold-blooded creatures. 239-479-4636 “ROCKet” Into Summer Reading Johann Fust Community Library 1040 W. 10th St, Boca Grande 10:30 a.m. Location: Boca Grande Community Center Rock art is thousands of years old. Create your own rock art to keep, give away or place somewhere in the community. We’ll supply the rocks and decorative supplies; you bring your “rockingest” ideas. 239-479-4636 Harry Potter House Party (teen) East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres 2 p.m. Celebrate the end of Summer Reading and the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter. Get sorted into your Hogwarts house and participate in fun crafts and activities. For students in grades 6-12. Space limited. 239-479-4636 STEAM by the Stacks: Salty Challenge (teen) Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia 1 – 6:30 p.m. Use the reaction of watercolor and salt to create a one of a kind art project. While supplies last. 239-479-4636

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Things to do Wednesday, July 25 continued Free Kids Crafts Miromar Outlets, Estero 10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland Every Wednesday! Fun activities for kids, toddlers to 12. 239-948-3766

PBR Pro Touring Division Germain Arena 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero July 27 - 28 239-948-7825

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Robot Fun with Blue-Bot and Spheros (teen) Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers 2 p.m. Find out how to program a Blue-Bot robotic device and discover magical lands and crazy mazes. Learn how to use the Sphero robotic ball with an iPad, build obstacle courses and challenge others to guide Sphero through the obstacle courses. Registration begins July 20. 239-479-4636

Alibrijes: Upcycled Crafting Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Create a unique cultural craft in the spirit of Oaxaca's world famous alibrijes using upcycled materials. While supplies last. Expect to craft for an hour or more. Dress for mess. 239-479-4636

Storytime & Activities Featuring Doll-E 1.0 23130 Fashion Drive, Estero 239-947-8724 Barnes & Noble - Marketplace SC 13751 Tamiami Tr, Fort Myers 239-437-0654 11 a.m. Tech-savvy Charlotte is confused when she receives a new toy---a doll! Once she finds the hidden battery pack, things get interesting. Join us for Storytime to celebrate the creative spirit of play and get a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4!

Harry Potter Party Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 2 p.m. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter being published in the United States. There will be Quidditch, a photo booth, multiple crafts and a potions experiment. Costumes are encouraged, but masks are not permitted. For grades 6 – 12. 239-479-4636

Painting Music Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m. For children who have completed kindergarten - fifth grade. Feel the rhythm and express yourself through art. Explore a variety of painting methods while listening to music. Dress for mess. Registration begins July 19. 239-479-4636 Anyone Can Be a Hero (teen) Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Rd, Fort Myers 2 – 4 p.m. Remember, anyone can be a hero and earn service hours in the process. In this DC Comic edition, drop in to decorate food donation boxes for local food pantries. For teens who have completed grades 6 – 12. 239-479-4636 Movie Day (teen) South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero 2 p.m. Four teenagers are sucked into a jungle-themed video game. This movie is rated PG-13. Children under age 13 may attend only if a parent is present to give permission. 239-479-4636

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PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers July 31 - August 1

All paws on deck. It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. When they do, they also discover a secret pirate treasure map! The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first! The pups will need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including some help from the newest pup … Tracker! Save $5 using Promo Code “PUPS” 239-481-4849

Dance to the Rhythm Riverdale Branch Library 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers 3 p.m. Join Emily Gibson with Lee Health as we move and groove to our favorite hits. Keep cool and stay fit during this indoor dance and fitness class. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Free tickets available beginning July 19. 239-479-4636

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Menestrelli Dog Show Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Pkwy 7 p.m. The Menestrelli Dog Show (as seen on America's Got Talent) is coming to the Yacht Club! Join us for an evening of fun with this unique dog performance! Every dog has its own role in the show. Doors open at 6 p.m. for FREE crafts and games before the show. Seating is general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 239-574-0806.

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Science of Sound East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres 11 a.m. Let it rock. We'll explore the science of sound through hands-on activities, games and crafts. Registration is required. Reservations are guaranteed until 11 a.m. only. 239-479-4636 Kids Club: Campfire Stories Michaels 13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers 239-215-1730 8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero 239-949-4299 10 a.m. - noon Kids ages 6 and up can enjoy making their own DIY campfire and marshmallows. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. $5.

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Kids Club: Campfire Stories Michaels 13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers 239-215-1730 8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero 239-949-4299 10 a.m. - noon Enjoy making a cute Kawaii S'more puppet. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. $2 Libraries Rock! (teen) Riverdale Branch Library 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers 2 p.m. Rock music wrap up to this summer's events. Bring your friends and make new friends. Refreshments and giveaways. For teens in grades 6-12. 239-479-4636 Kids Day Miromar Outlets, Estero 10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland Toddlers to 12-year-olds participate in fun activities and receive a free slice of pizza from Luna Pizza, a free kids’ cone from Dairy Queen/Orange Julius and a special offer at Mr. Pretzels. 239-948-3766 Babysitting Course Four Freedoms, Cape Coral 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Young adults (11-16 yrs) The Child and Babysitting Safety program is an American Safety and Health Institute program that has been designed to assist young people with providing proper childcare via classroom training and hands-on procedures. Participants must bring lunch. The cost is just $40 per Cape Coral Resident or $48 per Non-Res For information or to sign up, call Four Freedoms Park at 239-574-0804. Be sure to reserve your spot

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Back-To-School Fashion Show Miromar Outlets, Estero 11 a.m. Fashion show featuring the latest back-toschool styles and brands available for children, college students and teachers, at Miromar Outlets! 239-948-3766 Hogwarts on Del Prado 2018 Red Headed Witches 1910 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral 3 - 8 p.m. Bring the entire family. Muggles are welcome too! Meet and take photos with live characters as the music of Harry Potter plays in the background! What characters will be there you ask? Ahhhh..you must come and find out! Purchase a wizards pass to enjoy all the wizarding activities including: Spell demonstrations , Potions Class, Divination Class, Muggle Bean Boozled Challenge , Play our version of Quidditch and more! Come dressed up and enter the costume contest! 239-573-6566

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Big Backpack Event North Fort Myers High 5000 Orange Grove Blvd., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The largest back-to-school outreach program in Lee County is back for its 19th year. North Fort Myers High School will serve as the new venue for the Big Backpack Event, where thousands of kids will receive free backpacks and school supplies in a celebration of community diversity. The line typically begins to form as early as 7 a.m., but it moves quickly once the doors open. Thanks to vendors, students will also receive free back-to-school eye exams, haircuts and other giveaways, Admission is free. www.multicultural-centre.org

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Preschool Children's Film Festival Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 11 a.m. Dress up and take in some of the best films of children's picture books. Children will get to watch five short picture-book films and cast their ballots for the best film, leading up to the awarding of Cape Coral Public Library's first Golden Book Award in December. Registration is required as space is limited to 15 children with an accompanied caregiver. 239-479-4636 An Afternoon at the Movies Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 2 p.m. Three teen wizards search for the remaining Horcruxes as the final battle rages on at their school. This movie is rated PG-13. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Tue - 31

Musical Chairs (teen) Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers 6 p.m. Come join us for fun, music and prizes. Meet some cool teens 239-479-4636 Family Night - Sundaes Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake 13610 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 5 - 7 p.m. Kids 12 and under make your own sundaes just the way you like it! 239-433-9030

Lego Mania Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers 10 a.m. Build some fantastic things like a boats or a Lego playhouse with these magnificent and colorful blocks. 239-479-4636 Summer Movie Express: The Lego Batman Movie & Trolls Regal Gulf Coast Stadium 16 & Regal Cinemas Bell Tower 20 in Fort Myers July 31 - Aug. 1 • 10 a.m. Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Both movies play on both days. Game Day (teen) South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero 6:15 p.m. Drop in and play Jenga, spoons, Uno or rock out on the Wii. It’s your choice. Share laughs with new friends. 239-479-4636 Libraries Rock Back to School Party Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 2 p.m. Rock out the end of summer with some great music and fun movement. Take home a goody bag of back-to-school supplies, too. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

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Is your child snoring?

Obstructive sleep apnea happens to children, too By Clay Luz, Lee Health Until earlier this year, 7-year-old Katie Cala Martinez snored when she slept. In the morning, she’d awake feeling tired, leading to concentration problems at school. “She’d also choke on her food while eating,” recalls Katie’s mother, Yusimi Martinez- Ayala. “Although Katie was tired from not sleeping at night, she was hyperactive during the day. She tossed a lot in bed when she slept.” Sleep specialist Tracy Carbone, M.D., says snoring is not a condition restricted to adults. “If your child snores, it could be a sign he or she suffers from obstructive sleep apnea,” Dr. Carbone says.” Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can also affect babies and infants, she adds. Obstructive sleep apnea is a breathing disorder in which a person repeatedly starts and stops breathing during sleep. “It happens when the muscles relax during sleep, causing soft tissue in the back of the nose and throat to collapse inward and block the upper airway,” Dr. Carbone explains. When Yusimi brought Katie to Dr. Carbone for evaluation, Katie’s symptoms suggested obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Carbone ordered a comprehensive diagnostic test that consisted of an overnight sleep study at the Pediatric 48 - July 2018

Katie Cala Martinez had her sleep apnea successfully treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Yusimi Martinez-Ayala says her daughter, 7, sleeps soundly now.

Sleep Center at HealthPark, adjacent to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. During a sleep study, technicians attach small sensors to the child’s body using a mild adhesive or tape. A computer reads the sensors and then provides information about the child’s sleep quality and habits. The studies are painless and risk-free. The study confirmed Dr. Carbone’s suspicion. Katie had obstructive sleep apnea due to adenoids and tonsils leading to blockages of Katie’s upper airway during sleep. She was referred to an ear, nose, and throat specialist to discuss surgery. Last March, Katie underwent an adenotonsillectomy (an operation to remove the adenoids and tonsils) at Golisano Children’s Hospital. “Katie sleeps like a baby now,” Yusimi says. “And she can concentrate more in school because she’s finally getting the sleep she needs.” Dr. Carbone urges parents to monitor their child’s sleep habits. Lack of optimal quality sleep affects mental health, academic performance, peer and parent relations, immune system function, and overall health, she says. “Children who get enough sleep have a lower chance of being overweight, get better grades, and have an overall better quality of life,” Dr. Carbone says. Family News


Florida Department of Health holds town hall meeting July 2 The Florida Department of Health invites Lee County residents to participate in the Lee County Community Town Hall meeting July 2 at 6:30 p.m. This town hall meeting will focus on receiving input from the community in selecting key areas to address in the 2018-2022 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP is a tool created and used by the department in Lee County to highlight ways to improve the health of Lee County residents. The meeting will start with a 30minute presentation with data compiled on Lee County’s population. This will be followed by a brief explanation of the CHIP and the 14 areas

of opportunity to improve based on the Community Health Needs Assessment completed in 2017. Finally, attendees will be asked to select two of the areas they find most important for improvement. The top three to five areas that receive the highest interest will become the focus for the 2018-2022 Florida Department of Health in Lee County CHIP. The town hall meeting will take place at the Florida Department of Health in Lee County, 83 Pondella Road, North Fort Myers. All members of the community are welcomed and encouraged to attend. For more information, visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

Lee Health goes mobile Lee Health has released a free mobile app for Apple iOS and Android. Whether someone is searching for a physician, finding a facility, looking for upcoming events, reading the latest wellness information or making an appointment with their health care provider, the Lee Health Mobile App is the gateway to the health system. Another valuable feature of Lee Health Mobile is the secure, personalized access to portions of the user’s medical record through MyChart. To download Lee Health Mobile, search “Lee Health” in the app store (iTunes or Google Play).

Autism screening July 13 for young children in Fort Myers Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, offers a free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to five years of age. The next screening on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will be held on July 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at IMAG History & Science Center, 2000

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Cranford Ave., Fort Myers. The ASD screening is conducted by the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The screenings are administered by an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, who has extensive training and experience in typical child development and developmental disorders. To schedule a screening, call 239-343-6838.

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Arts&Entertainment

Movies on the big screen Jurassic World

The Incredibles 2

Elastigirl springs into action to save the day, while Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet -- taking care of the problems of his three children. It is written and directed by Brad Bird, who also wrote and directed the first film. Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, John Ratzenberger, and Bird reprise their characters from the first film. Now playing - rated PG

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

In Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else's vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.. Opens July 13 - rated PG

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It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinctionlevel event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times. Now playing - rated PG-13

Duck Duck Goose

In Duck Duck Goose, a highflying bachelor goose named Peng (voiced by Jim Gaffigan) is injured in flight and finds himself saddled with two adorably hilarious and demanding ducklings (voiced by Zendaya and Lance Lim), on a long journey south that will turn this scrappy threesome into a family. Opens Aug. 24 - rated PG

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Annie

at Broadway Palm Theatre this summer The blockbuster musical Annie is on the Broadway Palm stage this summer from June 28 through Aug. 11. The heartwarming story about everyone’s favorite orphan and her dog Sandy will capture the hearts of audience members of all ages. Leapin’ Lizards! A spunky orphan, Annie, is determined to find her parents, but instead her funfilled adventures lead her to billionaire Oliver Warbucks. As part of a publicity campaign for Mr. Warbucks, Annie and her dog Sandy are placed in the lap of luxury for a week. However, Annie’s stay turns out to be much more than anyone had bargained for as she works her way into everyone’s hearts. The only thing standing in Annie’s way is an evil scheme cooked up by the cruel and bitter Miss Hannigan. This Tony-Award-winning Best Musical features some of the greatest musical theatre hits including “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” “Easy Street” and “Tomorrow.” Performances are Wednesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. There is a summer special for children 18 and under, tickets are just $20 for the buffet and the show! Adult ticket prices range from $45 to $70 with discounts for parties of 20 or more. Advance reservations are required and tickets can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, by visiting BroadwayPalm.com or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

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The high school version of Evil Dead the musical at Lab Theater

It’s a killer of a good time when the teen theater campers present Evil Dead the Musical: High School Version for a limited run of five performances July 19 – 22. This summer, The Laboratory Theater of Florida is holding a theatrical summer camp for teens that covers not only singing, acting and choreography, but also covers the basics of set design and build, lighting design and implementation, sound, stage management, costume planning and creation, and prop sourcing and creation. For 3 weeks starting July 2 and culminating in five, full performances of Evil Dead the Musical: High School Version. None of the swearing—all of the blood! This full-length

adaptation of the hilarious OffBroadway musical takes all the elements of the cult classic films The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness and combines them into one of the craziest theatrical experiences of all time. Evil Dead the Musical: High School Edition is offering performances July 19, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and July 21 and 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available to purchase on www.Brownpapertickets.com or by calling the box office at 239218-0481. For additional savings, guests may purchase a 2018-2019 Season Pass. For more info, visit www.LaboratoryTheaterFlorida. com or the physical location at 1634 Woodford Ave. in the Fort Myers River District.

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AR Workshop Cape Coral

Host a private party with your friends, co-workers or neighbors. Book a birthday party, girls night out, bachelorette party, corporate party, fundraisers (we love helping raise funds for schools, charities, etc!), or team outing. Choose from a variety of projects for your group and pick your own date and time that works for your group’s schedule. Can’t meet our minimum? Inquire about reserving a table at a workshop on our calendar for your friends! 231 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral www.arworkshop.com/capecoral 239-829-5800

Chick-fil-A Cypress Lake

Packages starting at $6.50 per child. Includes: 4 count kids meal with an ice dream, visit and pictures with the Cow, balloons and goody bags with a mini moo, indoor play area and party attendant 13610 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 239-433-9030

Five Star Stables

We have several different birthday party options that we offer for your special day. Package 1 is "Simply Horses.” It's a 2-hour package filled with fun. We always start with safety, take a tour and meet the horses. The birthday child will get to pick their horse for the party. Package 2 is "Next Hoof Up.” This is an exciting 3-hour party with horse games and riding on the trails. Package 3 is "Best in Show.” A 5-hour unforgettable birthday! Horsin' around game, crazy craft time, and best of all take a trail ride through the forest. Working up an appetite? No problem, you get hot dogs and hamburgers. Don't stop now, let's cool off in the sprinklers or roast some smores over the fire. Prices vary, depending on number of riders. 1835 The Thompsons Way, Lehigh Acres 239-337-7827 www.stableandtack.com

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Coast Elite Gymnastics

Enjoy a 1 1/2 or 2 hour party of fun and exciting play at the gym Saturday or Sunday. 12,000 sq. feet of air-conditioned playspace becomes your child's personal birthday playground as they explore places to hang, swing, climb, jump and roll. Our parties feature a bounce house with slide, 30ft. long trampoline and a foam block pit for jumping and "swimming!” www.Coastelite.com 239-936-8467

Dance Warehouse

Dance ’til you drop at your next party! Dress-up your inner diva in our dance costumes and shoes, then shine like a star on our decorated 6,000 sq. ft. dance floor! We provide tables, tablecloths, food platters, beverages, snacks, and some decorations. You do not need to be a member of our dance family to host a party. Call now to reserve your special day! 239-275-5678

Family Music Time

A birthday party with Family Music Time, including 15 minute meet and greet, 45 minutes of guided musical play followed by 45 minutes for presents and cake. 440-251-0002, or email janey@familymusictime.com to learn more about having an unforgettable birthday celebration with Family Music Time! Birthday parties at our studio are appropriate for children ages 1-6. Costs: Non-Music Together Families - $175. Music Together Families - $150. www.familymusictime.com

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Lace up your skates and beat the heat for some cool birthday fun. We offer birthday parties on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during our public skate hours. Our package includes a private party room, admission, skate rental, food, drinks, and a free skating pass for each child. Group Skating Discounts Monday – Friday noon -1:30 pm and Saturday - Sunday 1 - 2:30 pm. Call Cari Tyler for more information. 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero 239-948-7825 ext.1308 www.SkateEverblades.com

GiGi’s Party Ranch

Enjoy an outdoor beautiful scenery ranch while celebrating your child's birthday, quinceanera, sweet 16s, baptism, graduation, the sky's the limit. Our packages include 4 hours of outdoor space with tables, chairs and electricity. Call for pricing and details. Available upon request: for just $150 - unlimited kids - you get 2 hours of pony rides (which include 2 ponies, 2 handlers, and safety helmets). Want something indoors? Ask about our enclosed tents. GiGi's Party Ranch is set up for that perfect outdoor photo shoot. Whether taking that 1st birthday photo shoot portrait, Sweet 16s, or any other special occasion. Photography permitted throughout our entire ranch grounds for the day. Call to reserve. Fees apply. 11751 Shawnee Road, Fort Myers 305-298-9184 (English) or 786 317-0810 (Spanish)

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IMAG History & Science Center

Whether you choose from our Outer Space Theme, Dino Discovery, or Under the Sea festivities, we are sure it will be a birthday party your child will never forget! Parties include full hands-on access to our science and history exhibits, including an interactive virtual-reality experience. Enjoy our animal shows, 3D movie, pizza for all birthday guests, and a private birthday party room! We will set the party up and leave the post-party cleaning to us. Birthday package rates begin at $265, and include admission passes for all guests to come back and explore the museum another day. Contact Sara Turner at sara@theIMAG.org or call. 2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers 239-243-0043 ext 216 www.theimag.org

Milestones Learning Center

We offer parties for children ages 3-9 years old. Our birthday package: (for 9 children plus the birthday boy/girl). Three hours of celebration which includes: A decorated party room which includes 10 latex balloons, 10 invitation cards, a crown for the birthday person, a take home craft of your choice, 2 organized games, 2 trained staff to direct activities and coordinating the event, use of outdoor play yard exclusive to your party, 2 large pizzas (cheese or pepperoni) and 24 juice boxes or mini waters. 19850 Breckenridge Drive, Estero 239-301-2962

Saddlewood Horse Club

Riding and feeding horses and lots of fun. Stunning new party room. Covered table area! All events are rain or shine thanks to our covered riding arena. Complementary customized invitations for your convenience. You enjoy and we horsely take care of the rest. More than a birthday party - we create childhood memories. Flat rate $150-unlimited kids, 2 hours of horsey fun including Mini lesson on lead pony or horses for 1 hour, 2 ponies/horses and two handler (equestrian loaner helmets provided) Party room connected and overlooking the covered arena. Feeding of horses - just bring carrots. Paint a Pony $25 flat rate, Snuggle Bunnies $25, professional bounce house $50. Extra pony/horse with handler 1 hour for $75, Extra 30 minutes in covered table area for $25. E-mail us at info@CapeHorses.com www.CapeHorses.com 239-738-9300

The Shell Factory & Nature Park

For a great Birthday Party experience visit SW Florida's No. 1 Birthday Party Destination. Featuring The Fun Park, with Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, Water Wars, and much more. Ride The Soaring Eagle Zip Line followed by a visit to The Nature Park and get up close and personal with over 450 unique animals. Top off your day with fun at the newly expanded Video Arcade. Located in The Retail Store The Arcade has 30 of the newest games around and is adjacent to The Safari Cafe where your group can grab a snack or just relax with your favorite beverages. Remember The Retail Store is pet friendly so your four legged friend can also come to the party. For further info, call and ask for Sammy. 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 239-995-2141 www.shellfactory.com

Southern Starz

Have your next party at Southern Starz! You supply the cake and we’ll supply the fun! Have fun jumping on our trampolines, swinging on the bars and playing in the foam pit. Separate room for your cake or snack! www.southernstarzgymnastics.org 239-574-0034

Sylvan Learning Center

Is your child wild about LEGO? Call now to throw him/her a LEGO Robotics Birthday Party! Sylvan Learning has everything you need to throw a fun and educational party where your child and up to 11 friends can learn how to build LEGO robots and code them to jump, dodge, quack, chomp, sing, and much more. $199 covers 1½ hour use of all the materials, decorations, and LEGO themed party favor for each guest. $279 covers 1 ½ hour use of all the materials, decorations, LEGO themed party favor for each guest, pizza, drinks, and special LEGO themed cake. Call to book your party. Locations at Fort Myers, Estero or Cape Coral. 239-228-8854

William “Bill” Austen Youth Center

The Youth Center offers party packages starting at just $199. Choose from Basic Party, Sweet 16, Prom/Graduation party, Sports Banquets, Character party, Laser Tag party. Some parties include D.J., pizza, drinks, party assistance and more. Call today and ask about our Character parties. 315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral 239-242-3950

Zoomers Family Amusement Park

Let’s Celebrate! From Birthday parties to corporate events, we can bring fun to your next party plans!! Let us help you design a day that your group will remember. Zoom on the go kart tracks, spin around on the Tilt-A-whirl and the Z-force, get splashed on the bumper boats or the Hippo Slide, play in the latest and more excited video game and much more. We have something for everyone. So grab the family, bring your friend, invite your coworker and come to have fun with us. Come in or call us today. 17455 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers 239-481-ZOOM (9666) www.zoomersamusementpark.com

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