Fun Family Events in May

Sunday - 1
Annual Taste of the Beach
Old San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Restaurants will offer samples of their signature dishes available for purchase and compete for top Taste of the Beach Award honors in the categories of Best Appetizer, Best Beef or Veal Dish, Best Seafood Dish, Best Chicken Dish, Best Dessert, Best Decorated Booth, and People's Choice. Gates open at 11 a.m.  Food will be served until it runs out or at 4 p.m. Live music will be provided by Jo List and Friends from noon - 4 p.m. 239-454-7500

EAA 66 Young Eagle Rally and Pancake Breakfast
Page Field Airport Ft. Myers
Captain Channing Page Dr., Fort 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 Young Eagle Rally is free. The pancake breakfast is All You Can Eat for $5. www.66.eaachapter.org.


Monday - 2
Teen Chess Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m. 
Rise to the challenge. Sets provided, but players are welcome to bring their own. Check out our 12' x 12' board used outdoors. 239-479-4636

Drop-In Teen Star Wars Activities
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
May 2 – 28
Available during normal library operating hours: Monday – Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Drop in all month long for Star Wars fun. 239-479-4636

Baby Parent Rhyme Time
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
10 a.m. Mondays, May 2, 16
During this special storytime, babies learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. Registration is required. 239-479-4636


Tuesday - 3
Symphony Storytime
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
10 a.m
A tuneful twist on family storytime, offered in partnership with the Gulf Coast Symphony. 239-479-4636

Celebrate Children's Book Week with Froggy!
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
10 a.m. Tuesday, May 3
10 a.m. Thursday, May 5
Celebrate reading with Jonathan London's beloved book character. Froggy will be appearing during the program for hugs or high fives as well as photo opportunities. Registration is required. 239-479-4636


Favorite Pet Pictures (teen)
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
11 a.m. Tuesday, May 3 - Noon Saturday, May 7
Pin up your favorite pet picture on the bulletin boards in the Teen Café. Mounting paper available, 239-479-4636

East County Anime Club
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 3, 17
For teens and tweens interested in anime, manga and Japanese culture. 239-479-4636
 
Writers' Workshop
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, 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 to include classes, speakers and readings. All are welcome. 239-479-4636

Teen Zone On-the-Table: The Plot Thickens
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
May 3 – 29
Available during normal library operating hours: Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Wednesday: Noon – 8 p.m.; Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Use a page, book or photograph (all provided) and change the context. Take an old photo and add modern colored patterns cut from magazines to change a dull suit into something stunning. Put a model from an ad into an underwater scene. Use your imagination to create a creepy, fabulous or unusual collage. 239-479-4636
 
Family Night:  Mothers Day Card
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m. 
Show your mom the love by making a beautiful card for her.  239-433-9030


Wednesday - 4
After School Crew: Sports & Games
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4 p.m. Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25
Weekly stories and activities all about sports and games.  For grades K-5. 239-479-4636
 
Florida Travel Rally 2016
Lakes Regional Park
7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers
Wednesday, May 4 • 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
All tourism businesses, hospitality employees, and local residents are invited to attend. Over 45 exhibitors! Face painting, magic, cuddly critters, Railroad Museum of South Florida miniature train rides & more. Kids Luggage Lug, Bellman’s Race, Make that Bed!,  Waiter’s Race for the Gold, and even a Star Wars character may show up somewhere. Free Admission! Refreshments & Prize Giveaways. 239-338-3500
 
Star Wars X-Wing Event
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace SC
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
7 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate all things Star Wars and learn to play Star Wars X-Wing. "May the 4th Be With You!"  239-437-0654 

Crazy 8s Math Club K-5
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4 p.m. Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25
Children in grades K-5 are invited to join us for hands-on games and activities that will have them fired up about math. Kids will build, run and jump, make music and participate in other over-the-top fun. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Free Kids Crafts  
Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero                                                                     
10 a.m. to noon in MundoMax Playland
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities every Wednesday. 239-948-3766

Thursday - 5
Baby Rhyme Time
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
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. First come, first served. 239-479-4636

Lowe’s Kid Clinic - Chalkboard Panter
Lowe’s Home Improvement Store
Most local locations
7 p.m.
Mother's Day is right around the corner!  Bring your child to Lowe's for this special Thursday Night clinic and they can build this cool Planter!  It makes a perfect Mother's Day gift! Build and Grow Clinics will teach your kids how to safely complete a variety of projects. www.lowesbuildandgrow.com

"Seussical, Jr." performance 
San Carlos Park Elementary School
17282 Lee Rd, Fort Myers
May 5 - 6 • 6 p.m. 239-267-7177

Baby Rhyme Time
North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers
11 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. Registration is requested. 239-479-4636

Little Racers
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
11 a.m. 
Children ages 2-5 race through our little library town with cars, trucks and anything that zooms. Bring your own matchbox cars or use ours. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Holocaust Film Screening
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. 
In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, watch the short film "The Violin," followed by a brief discussion. 239-479-4636
 
Bubble Mania
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 
Location: North Cornog Plaza
Go nuts over these soapy spheres and dance to some of our favorite kids’ tunes. 239-479-4636
  
Drop-In Mother's Day Craft Program
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
2 – 6 p.m. 
Come and make a special Mother's Day craft. Craft supplies are limited and are designated for children who attend the program. 239-479-4636

Symphony Storytime
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
10:30 a.m. 
A tuneful twist on family storytime, offered in partnership with the Gulf Coast Symphony. 239-479-4636

Toddler Tales
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
11 a.m. 
This interactive and active time for toddlers and their caregiver is designed to advance pre-reading and social skills. They'll experience storytelling, wordplay, felt board stories, fingerplays, puppets, singing, music-making, socializing, dancing and, of course, books. First come, first served. 239-479-4636 

Preschool Mother’s Day Crafts
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
9 a.m. - Noon 
Drop in and create sweet cards and keepsakes for Mom at this special preschool event. All materials provided. For ages 2 -5. 239-479-4636


Friday - 6
Kids Club: April Showers Bring May Flowers
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
9 a.m. 
Enjoy stories and songs, and make a beautiful flower to take home. 239-479-4636


Saturday - 7
Mother's Day Take Home Craft
Bonita Springs Public Library
26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs
11 a.m.
Create a present for Mom. For ages 5 and up. 
239-479-4636 
 
Mother/Daughter/Granddaughter Look-Alike Contest
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
Saturday, May 7 •11 a.m.
How much do you look like your mom? Compete in our Mother/Daughter or Mother/Daughter/Granddaughter Look-alike Contest for prizes!
Near Bloomingdale's the Outlet Store:
239-948-3766 

Pony Pals Club
Providence Equestrian Center 
13731 E Terry St, Bonita Springs
8:30 a.m. - noon
A weekly riding lesson, progressive “hands on” equine curriculum and activity program for all levels that makes developing horsemanship fun!  Come as often as you’d like. Info & Reservations: 239-948-7669

Mother's Day Storytime
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace SC
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
In celebration of Mother's Day, read about becoming an expert grandma sitter in How to Babysit a Grandma followed by Mom School. In Mom School a little girl imagines where her mom picked up all her amazing skills, like fixing a bike tire and baking cupcakes. Join us afterward to make a card for your mom or special caregiver. 239-437-0654 

Home Depot Kids Workshop
Angry Birds Bird House
Home Depot, Various locations
9 a.m. - noon
Join our hands-on workshop and build an Angry Birds-themed birdhouse that will make your child’s feathered backyard friends happy. Once the birdhouse is built, your child can decorate it with Angry Birds stickers. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores. All kids get  keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin & certificate of achievement www.homedepot.com

Free Kids Fishing 
Bass Pro Shops
10040 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
So grab the whole Family and come join all the excitement! Our giant lake out back has some of the most beautiful fish just waiting to be caught! All equipment is provided. 239-461-7800

GreenMarket
Lee County Alliance for the Arts 
10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
Every Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join us on our 10-acre campus every Saturday to find an exclusive selection of locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians and fun activities for kids, gardening classes and live cooking by local chefs. The GreenMarket hosts neighbors and small growers who bring seasonal, very limited crops to market. Do you have fruit from a few backyard trees, a good tomato crop from the kitchen garden, or some berries gathered in an outing? If so, we’d like to help  you bring it to the community. Barter is encouraged, trade your small crop for market items you may need.  239-939-2787

Free Comic Book Day 2016
Comics Cards And Stuff
3563 Fowler Street, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Free Comic Book Day is May 7— a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores, with no purchase required and no strings attached. Large sale, raffles, a costume contest and special giveaways, along with appearances by several "super heroes" and Star Wars Stormtroopers. 239-939-0878  www.FreeComicBookDay.com  

Horse Interaction Day Wild West 
16111 Saddlewood Lane, Cape Coral
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Giddy-up and come out to a fun-filled day this month for our Horse Interaction Day. Children 2 - 15 will be able to pet, groom, and feed horses, enjoy pony/horse riding in the COVERED riding arena, hop in the bounce house, munch lunch, and have a blast with our Wild West games. $20/child, lunch and all activities included.  Yippee - Put on your boots for 
our Western Picture Spot! Please pre-register by phone or e-mail to reserve your spot - limited spots. Pre-pay by credit card (recommended) or cash at gate. 239-738-9300 or Fun@CapeHorses.com  www.CapeHorses.com 
              
Free Kids Cruise
2360 West First Street, Fort Myers
May 7, 23 & 28 • 10 a.m. 
FREE child admission on the 10 a.m. sightseeing cruise with the purchase of an adult ticket. Watch for local wildlife and learn about area history aboard the Edison Explorer. 239-919-2965

Mother’s Day Bracelet (teen)
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
1 p.m
Make a bracelet to give your mother for Mother's Day. All supplies provided. Registration is required. 239-479-4636
 
Publix Decorating Event
All Area Publix Food Store Bakeries - Lee County
Saturday & Sunday, May 7 - 8 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Inviting all kids to an in-store decorating event. Decorate an 8” heart-shaped bakery cake. Just $8.99, while supplies last. Icing and decorating tools will be provided for decorating use. I recommend calling your local store to make sure they are participating.

Kids Club: Tissue Paper Flower 
Michaels, 8018 Mediterranean Dr. Coconut Point
10 a.m.  - Noon 
Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up.  239-949-4299

Tea and Talk
Riverdale Branch Library 
2421 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers
1 p.m. 
Have a cup of tea and share conversations with friends. 239-479-4636

Mother's Day Craft
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Kids can drop-in any time during library hours to make mom something special. 239-479-4636


Monday - 9
Junior Builders Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
Toddlers and preschoolers, enjoy a story and then build with Lego Duplos and blocks. 239-479-4636

Baby & Me
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
This special program is designed just for babies and their caregivers with rhymes, literacy activities and even a craft. Please dress babies for some messy play. For infants to 23 months.  Registration begins April 18. 239-479-4636

 
Tuesday - 10
Teen Wii & Karaoke
Bonita Springs Public Library
26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs
3 p.m
Join other teens for an afternoon of games and song. 239-479-4636

Family Night: Cinco de Mayo
Family Night: Ice Dream Sundae
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by making a set of fun Maracas.  239-433-9030

DIY Teen Crafts
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. 
Perler beading returns for the last time this school year. Arrange beads into any pattern, then iron them together to make a keychain or magnet. 
239-479-4636

Arts for All! - All-Abilities Mural Painting Celebration
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Location: South Cornog Plaza
The Zot Artz art tools and experiences, created by acclaimed artist and inventor Dwayne Szot, offer individuals of all abilities an opportunity for creative expression. Everyone can join the fun, choosing colors, creating patterns, stamping, rolling, and printing to make their mark. This Heart of the Community project, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces, is supported by a grant from Southwest Airlines. 239-479-4636

No-Sew Tyvek Creations (teen)
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
6:15 p.m. 
Make your own doll or monster. They are super cute and very easy. All supplies provided. 239-479-4636

Game'n (teen)
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
Tuesdays, May 10, 24
2:30 p.m. – High School
4 p.m. – Middle School
A venue for all types of board, card and electronic games. Light snacks provided. 239-479-4636


Wednesday - 11
Family Storytime
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, May 11, 25
The whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of pre-reading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories.  239-479-4636

Free Kids Crafts  
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero                                                                     
10 a.m. to noon in MundoMax Playland
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities every Wednesday. 239-948-3766

"I Love My Pet" Storytime
North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. 
Celebrate National Pet Month with stories and a craft about dogs, cats, birds and more. All ages welcome. 239-479-4636


Thursday - 12
Preschool Race Track Fun
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m
Zip and zoom around the Storytime Room with toy cars and handmade race tracks.  For ages 2 to 5-years-old. Registration begins April 21. 239-479-4636

Movie Day - Bridge of Spies
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
2 p.m. 
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for a Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot. This movie is rated PG-13. Children under age 13 may attend only if a parent is present to give permission. 239-479-4636
 
Israeli Independence Day Celebration
The CenturyLink Sports Complex, Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers
6 p.m. 
The celebration includes exhibits and activities from community organizations and synagogues, arts and crafts, games for kids and more.  Guests will also enjoy the Israeli food, beer and wine which will be on sale.  Many of the activities will continue after the baseball game begins. But before the game between the Fort Myers Miracle and the Bradenton Marauders starts at 7:05 p.m. , the Jewish War Veterans will present an honor guard. Advance tickets to the event include the baseball game are just $5 per person or $20 per family.  Admission at the gate is $7.50 per person.  Purchase tickets at the Jewish Federation website (jewishfederationllc.org) or by calling 
239-481-4449, Ext. 3.  


Friday - 13
2016 Digital Lee
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 1st St, Fort Myers
6 - 9 p.m.
Digital Lee was established to create a more relevant, community, and career focused learning experience for the technology students of the Lee County School District. We strive to provide exposure for our students, thereby spurring career and internship opportunities, scholarship awards, and local design+technology involvement that will continue to make Southwest Florida a thriving and culturally rich community. 
239-333-1933

Fiddler on the Roof Jr, 
Presented by CFABS Youth Players
Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium
10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs
Friday, May 13,  7 p.m.
Saturday, May 14,  2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 15,  2 p.m.
Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tightknit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler On The Roof ’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion. Tickets: $20 Premium Reserved Seating / $13 General Admission 239-495-8989

Mother/Son Night of Fun
Cape Coral Yacht Club
5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral
6 - 9 p.m.          
This enchanting evening for boys and moms will be held at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. Enjoy music, dancing, door prizes, catered hot & cold appetizers, refreshments and even a special photo by a professional photographer to capture the moment!
Pre-registration is required. (4+yrs)  $49 Res / $74 Non-Res per couple Additional son: $14 Res / $21 Non-Res. 239-574-0804

High School Exhibition - Reception
Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
26100 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs
High School Showcase – May 13-19
Opening Reception -  Friday May 13,  6-8 p.m.
239-495-8989


Saturday - 14 
Teen Movie Screen & Discussion
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
11:30 a.m. Saturdays, May 14, 21
A film screening and discussion of the first two films in the original saga about a hero’s journey. Snacks provided. 239-479-4636 

Pony Pals Club
Providence Equestrian Center 
13731 E Terry St, Bonita Springs
8:30 a.m. - noon
A weekly riding lesson, progressive “hands on” equine curriculum and activity program for all levels that makes developing horsemanship fun!  Come as often as you’d like. Info & Reservations: 239-948-7669

Kids Club: Dream Catcher 
Michaels, 8018 Mediterranean Dr. Coconut Point
10 a.m.  - Noon 
Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up.  239-949-4299

Science Saturday
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero  
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in MundoMax Playland
Join Mr. Glen and his Science and Engineering team for interactive science projects. 239-948-3766

Wacky Water Day 
Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center
315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral
12:30 - 3 p.m.
Sign your little one up for a day full of splish-splash fun at the Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center.  Participants will enjoy summer arts and crafts, sprinkler outdoor water activities, and creating their own ice cream sundae.  Children should come dressed in swim suits and water shoes.  Please bring extra clothes, towel, and sunscreen.  This program is for ages 3-8.  Call 239-242-3950.  Pre-registration is required by Thursday, May 12.

Ding Darling presents Raptors and Owls
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
11 a.m. 
Join the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge staff and discover which birds of prey live in our area and their adaptations for survival. This program is family friendly and will be followed by an owl craft. 
239-479-4636

Tween Saturdays: Ozobots
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
11 a.m. 
Learn how to code by programming these tiny robots to follow mazes, do dances and other activities. For grades 5-8. Space is limited to nine.  239-479-4636

East County Regional Library's 
15th Anniversary Celebration
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
1 – 4 p.m. 
The East County Regional Library is turning 15! Join us for cake, refreshments, a library slideshow and more to celebrate 15 years at our current location. Featuring a presentation on Lehigh Acres history at 1:30 p.m. by special guest speaker, Carla Ulakovic, local historian and author of “Images of America: Lehigh Acres.” 239-479-4636


Sunday - 15
Alice in Wonderland Ballet
North Fort Myers High School
5000 Orange Grove Blvd, North Fort Myers
3 p.m. 
Whirling with whimsy and infused with energy, Wonderland comes radiantly to life! 239-549-0827


Monday - 16
Wii and Board Games
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. 
A variety of Nintendo Wii games and board games are available in this drop-in program. First come, first served. 239-479-4636

Tuesday - 17
Lego Club
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
6 p.m. 
Join us for a short story and then build and share a Lego creation. Legos provided. 239-479-4636

Family Night: Door Hanger Craft
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Make a Personalized Door Hanger for your bedroom door.  239-433-9030

Kid's Color Class
Community Room of the Bell Tower Shops
US 41 SE, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
FREE! Find out about the ‘secret’ colors that are in the light. Why some colors go ‘pop’ and disappear, while others bounce off to give the colors that are all around us. Come for a fun, interactive 30-minute class led by Michael Wilcox of The Michael Wilcox School of Color. Best suited for children ages 5-10, but other ages welcome. In the Community Room between Williams-Sonoma and Bistro 41 at the Bell Tower Shops. www.michaelwilcoxschoolofcolor.com

Kid's Color Class
Community Room of the Bell Tower Shops
US 41 SE, Fort Myers
6 p.m.
The Color in Nature: by Michael Wilcox, author of the book “Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green”. This lecture is for artists, designers, craft workers, decorators and all users of color. This talk and demonstration will offer an insight into a way of working with the colors of nature. You will leave with a different way of thinking and your work will almost certainly change. Free. No registration required. 
www.michaelwilcoxschoolofcolor.com


Wednesday - 18
Teen Anime Drawing Fan Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m. 
Anime drawing fans share what they have created, discover content and connect with other fans. Supplies provided.  239-479-4636

Kids' Club: Beach Party
North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18
Get a head start on summer fun.  Make sand and shell crafts, play beach games and do the library limbo. Children in grades K-5 welcome. 239-479-4636

Moms Appreciation Day
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero  
10 a.m. to noon in MundoMax Playland
Moms receive a coupon for a free drink and treat from le macaron French pastries when you bring your kids to FREE Kids Crafts. 239-948-3766

Free Kids Crafts  
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero                                                                     
10 a.m. to noon in MundoMax Playland
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities every Wednesday. 239-948-3766
 
Beauty and the Beast, Jr.  
Challenger Middle School
624 Trafalgar Pkwy, Cape Coral
May 18 - 19 • 7 p.m. 
239-242-4341  


Thursday - 19
Baby Rhyme Time
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. Thursdays, May 19, 26
During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books & dance. 239-479-4636

Myths From Mount Olympus - 3rd grade play 
Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School
2401 Euclid Ave, Fort Myers
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
All 3rd graders will perform Myths from Mt. Olympus, a play based on Greek Myths. 239-334-6232

Spring Chorus Concert 
Allen Park Elementary School
3345 Canelo Dr, Fort Myers
6:30 p.m.
4th & 5th grade chorus concert. 239-936-1459

Ants in Your Pants Dance Party
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
11 a.m. 
Shake your sillies out at the library. Get ready to twist and shout at this special dance party for toddlers and preschoolers. We'll boogie down to pop hits and favorite preschool tunes. For ages 2-5. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Lunchbox Theatre Series: The Red Badge of Courage
Florida Repertory Theatre
2267 1st St Fort Myers
11 am. 
Your $10 admission includes: the performance, theatre workshop & discussion with the actors, Plus, an interactive workshop.  239-332-4488

The Children's Choir of River Hall Spring Concert
River Hall Elementary School
2800 River Hall Pkwy, Alva
6:30 p.m.
The Children's Choir will be present a program of 
popular Disney songs. Refreshments will be served. 239-693-0349
 
Spring Musical-Beauty and the Beast, Jr.  
Sanibel School
3840 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel
May 19 - 20 & 26 - 27 • 7 p.m.
Based on the Academy Award® winning animated feature, the stage version of Disney's Beauty And The Beast includes all of the wonderful songs from the film, written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, plus new songs written especially for the Broadway version.  239-472-1617

Friday - 20
Sidewalk Chalk Art
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Friday, May 20
Location: North Plaza Sidewalk
We provide the chalk. You bring the creativity.  
For all ages. 239-479-4636

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The Heights Center, 15570 Hagie Dr., Fort Myers 
Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 21 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 at 7 p.m.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical performance by The Dance Warehouse's Broadway Intensive Program. It is a musical with singing, dancing, and acting. The tickets are $20. 
239-275-5678

Princess Night
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5-7 p.m.
239-433-9030

Family Playtime
Four Freedoms Park
4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral
11 a.m. - Noon
(1-2 yrs) Socialization is so important for children and their parents/caregivers. Join us and meet some new friends for both you and your child. Pre-Registration Required. $5 Res / $8 Non-Res (per class) 239-574-0804


Saturday - 21
Babysitting Course
Four Freedoms Park
4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(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. Pre-registration required. $40 Res / $60 Non-Res. 
239-574-0804

Pony Pals Club
Providence Equestrian Center 
13731 E Terry St, Bonita Springs
8:30 a.m. - noon
A weekly riding lesson, progressive “hands on” equine curriculum and activity program for all levels that makes developing horsemanship fun!  Come as often as you’d like. Info & Reservations: 239-948-7669

Kids Archery 
Bass Pro Shops
10040 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Do you have a little archer in your family? Or just a 
kid who is interested in Archery and wants to give it a try? Our Pro Staff has opened the Archery Range on the third Saturday of each month just for them! This completely free event requires nothing more than a child willing to give archery a try! Just show up to the range located on the second floor in the hunting department and be ready for a fun learning experience! 239-461-7800
 
Memorial Weekend Fireworks
Hammond Stadium/CenturyLink Sports Complex,
14400 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers 
Saturday, May 21 • 6:05 p.m.
Celebrate Memorial Weekend with a top notch fireworks show after the game! In honor of the 35th anniversary of Desert Storm, the Miracle will wear special camo uniforms that will be auctioned off after the game to benefit the Veterans Country Jam.  
Miracle vs Tampa. www.milb.com 239-768-4210 

World Turtle Day 
Everglades Wonder Gardens
27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
World Turtle Day is celebrated each year on May 23rd, but we are celebrating a couple days early!  Turtle & Tortoise encounters at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Guests will also enjoy a coloring  station! Regular admission fees apply. 239-992-2591

Kids Club: String Art 
Michaels, 8018 Mediterranean Dr. Coconut Point
10 a.m.  - Noon 
Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up.  239-949-4299 

Kidz World Expo CANCELED
Harborside Event Center
1375 Monroe Street, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Super Science. Shell Factory petting zoo, bounce house, slide, cover contest, folklore dancers, live entertainment, model/talent search, games, prizes and more! Free! 239-231-0643

Kids to Parks Day
Centennial Park, Fort Myers
10 - 2 p.m. 
There will be games and activities for kids of all ages including a fun run, potato sack race, dance contest, kids’ Zumba, beach volleyball, bounce houses, arts and crafts and much more!  www.cityftmyers.com

Monday - 23
Parachute Games
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m
Toddlers and Preschoolers, join us for parachute fun. We'll have music and games using the parachute. 239-479-4636

Game Night for Teens
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m.
Play Rock Band, Super Mario, Basketball and many others. ​239-479-4636

Music Together
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
9:30 & 10:30 a.m. 
A highly interactive musical experience designed for young children and their caregivers, presented by Family Music Time. Please register all children who will be attending.  239-479-4636

 
Tuesday - 24
Healthy Eating with Jada (teen)
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
6 p.m. 
Learn about the benefits of taking care of yourself with healthy nutrition. 239-479-4636

Sphero Robots
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. 
Meet our robot and program him to avoid zombies and other dangers in this hands-on activity. Program limited to high school students. 239-479-4636

Family Night: Armed Forces Day Craft
Family Night: Ice Dream Sundae
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Make an American Flag for Armed Forces Day.  
239-433-9030

Teen Coloring
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
6:15 p.m
Come socialize, relax and color. Coloring pages will 
be provided or you can bring your own color book. Pencils, sharpeners and light snacks will also be 
provided.  239-479-4636

Homeschool Exploration: Art!
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m.
Homeschoolers, explore the exciting world of art. Learn about different techniques artists use and create your own masterpieces. For ages 5 and up. Registration begins May 3. 239-479-4636


Wednesday - 25 
Live "Angry Birds"
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. 
Play a real life version of this popular video game. First come, first served.  239-479-4636

Free Kids Crafts  
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero                                                                     
10 a.m. to noon in MundoMax Playland
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities every Wednesday. 239-948-3766

Teen Beading Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m. 
Create a new beading project to take home. Instructions and supplies are provided.  
239-479-4636

Lunchbox Theatre Series: A Year with Frog and Toad
Florida Repertory Theatre
2267 1st St Fort Myers
11 am. 
Your $10 admission includes: the performance, theatre workshop & discussion with the actors, Plus, an interactive workshop.  239-332-4488

Thursday - 26
Music Together
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. 
Enjoy musical exploration for young children, presented by Family Music Time. For infants to age 5. Registration begins May 5. 239-479-4636

Movie Day - The Intern
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
2 p.m. 
A 70-year-old widower has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site. Rated PG-13. Children under age 13 may attend only if a parent is present to give permission. Registration is required.
239-479-4636

Dog Daze of Summer
Hammond Stadium/CenturyLink Sports Complex, 
14400 Ben C Pratt, 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers
7:05 p.m. 
Bring your pooch to the park on the Dog Daze of Summer! Dogs get in for free and there are dog vendors on the concourse with treats, puppy promotional items and more! Miracle vs Palm Beach. 239-768-4210

Mother Goose Olympics
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
11 a.m. 
Children ages 2-5 will test their agility as they tackle events based on popular Mother Goose rhymes. Candlestick jumping, spoon races, Humpty Dumpty puzzles, “Ring Around the Rosie” Ring Toss and more. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Friday - 27
Middle/Elementry School Exhibition - Reception
Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
26100 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs,
Middle/Elementary School Show – May 27 - June 2
Opening Reception - Friday, May 27, 6-8 p.m.
239-495-8989
 
6th Annual Watermelon Festival
Fleamasters Fleamarket
S.R. 82, 1¼ miles west of I-75 (exit 138), Fort Myers
May 27 - 29 
Highlights include: Speed eating and seed spitting competition, community showcase exhibition area & live entertainment on two stages! Children are welcome at the Kid’s Craft and Game Tent, and will be entertained with free face painting, balloon animals, and the extraordinarily tall stilt walker Way Too Tall Torrie. Meet the Whispering Pines Clydesdales at the festival Saturday afternoon. Open Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.fleamall.com 239-334-7001 
 
Saturday - 28
Special Needs Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
Books, music, and sensory experiences for special needs children ages 3-12 and their families. Registration begins May 7. 239-479-4636
 
Pony Pals Club
Providence Equestrian Center 
13731 E Terry St, Bonita Springs
8:30 a.m. - noon
A weekly riding lesson, progressive “hands on” equine curriculum and activity program for all levels that makes developing horsemanship fun!  Come 
as often as you’d like. Info & Reservations: 
239-948-7669

Kids Club: Patriotic Banner
Michaels, 8018 Mediterranean Dr. Coconut Point
10 a.m.  - Noon 
Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up.  239-949-4299

End of School Skate Jam
Eagle Skate Park 
315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral
6 - 8 p.m. 
Eagle Skate Park is hosting an end of school skate jam.  Come out and skate to the latest music and enjoy the start of our summer nights!  $10 per person includes skate admission. 239-242-3950

Kids Day     
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero    
10 a.m. to noon in MundoMax Playland
Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in fun activities. Kids will receive a free slice of pizza from Luna Pizza and a coupon for a free kids’ cone from Dairy Queen/Orange Julius, while supplies last. 239-948-3766

Tuesday - 31
Family Night: Ice Dream Sundae
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Create a yummy sundae using 10 of our delicious toppings. 239-433-9030

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