Fun Family Events in October

Wednesday - 1

Help Stop Bullying
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.
Deputy C. Tyus from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office will be
presenting tips for bullying prevention and cybersafety. Education and strategies shared here will be age appropriate for and teens and tweens. Learn the risks and speak up!
239-479-4636

AWANA
Daniels Road Baptist Church
5878 Daniels Pkwy, Fort Myers
Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
AWANA is an international youth program offered at Daniels Road Baptist Church during the school year. Three levels exist: Cubbies (ages 3-4); Sparkies (grades K5-2); Truth and Training (grades 3-6). Each club has activities like: game time, handbook time, counsel time. Cost for book is $10; for vest/shirt: $10.50-$15, depends on class. 239-481-2416

The Dive – Remix
The Dive - 22100 S. Tamiami Trail, Estero
6:45 - 8:45 p.m.
Middle and High School Students!!! Grab a friend and come to THE DIVE's Grand Reopening at their new location!!! Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Free sunglasses to the first 75 through the doors! Live music and an illustrated message in an Electric Atmosphere!!! 239-992-3040

Preschool Nature Program
Caloosahatchee Regional Park
19130 N River Rd, Alva
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Preschool topics include Frogs, Birds, Animal Tracks and more! For a complete list of monthly topics, visit www.LeeParks.org. These preschool programs generally include a story, a fun lesson, a hike, a game and a craft. 3 – 7 yr. olds. A parking fee is required. $5 per preschooler plus parking. Registration is required. For information, call Kelly at 239-822-5212.

Afternoon Adventures
Four Freedoms Park, 4818 Tarpon Court, Cape Coral
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.   
Each class will provide your child with fun-filled activities promoting Pre-Kindergarten preparedness. Child needs to bring a snack and water. Child does not have to be enrolled in our preschool program to attend but must be self-sufficient in restroom care.  (3-5 yrs) For information, call 239-574-0804.

Sunset Celebration on the Pier
Cape Coral Yacht Club
5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral
5-8 p.m.   
Listen to live music on the beach, shop from over 40 vendors selling unique crafts, jewelry and other gift items, or take a stroll on the pier and watch the beautiful sunset. Food and drink will be available for purchase.  239-574-0806

Reading Academy
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Books + games = fun! Come to the library each week for new stories and exciting activities. This program is designed for children who can read and write. For children in K-fifth grade. Registration is not required but it is limited to 15 participants. 239-479-4636

 
Thursday - 2

October Is Bullying Prevention Month
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers
2 p.m.
Deputy C. Tyus from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office will be presenting tips for bullying prevention and cybersafety. Education and strategies shared here will be age appropriate for teens and tweens. Learn the risks and speak up! 239-479-4636

Emerging Inventors-Pumpkin Party
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
October 2 & 16  • 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Emerging Inventors get into Halloween fun with a trick or treat walk around the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, along with learning about the moon and stars in the night sky and paint pumpkins !Edison Ford Emerging Inventors Early Learning Program for one - three year old children and their parents, grandparents and other family members begins in October.  The program includes socializing with others, education activities, experiments and exploring the homes, gardens and museum at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. 239-334-7419

Music Together
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m.
The library's friends from Family Music Time will create a relaxed, playful environment where children and their caregivers can share songs, play instruments and learn rhythm patterns. Registration begins Sept. 26. 239-479-4636

Thursday Family Nights
Dairy Queen, 14891 South Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
Thursdays from 5 - 8 p.m.
Family Night consists of games, face painting, and more. Open to the public, all activities are free. 239-634-1531

The British Invasion!
Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts
6740 Panther Lane, Fort Myers
7 p.m.
It’s a night full of British scenes, songs, dance and more! This event also features a silent auction with a wide variety of items from local businesses.  All proceeds will help fund an educational trip to London, England in March.  Tickets are $10 with unlimited desserts, tea and coffee included. The box office opens at 6 p.m. 239-481-2233

 
Friday - 3

Field of Screams Village and Hayride
JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers
Weekends, Oct. 3 to 26 and
Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 29 to 31
Sundown each night & hayrides run until 11:30 p.m.
Halloween in Southwest Florida will never be the same. Now Southwest Floridians in search of spine-tingling, ghoulish fun will no longer have to travel to Tampa or Orlando. The highlight of the event is a hayride through the haunted reaches of JetBlue Park. In the village itself, there will be several shows and attractions including a live execution, bizarre side show entertainment, the Spider Girl from the far reaches of the earth, the mind-blowing Vortex amusement ride and vendors with food and merchandise. Admission to the Village and Hayride is $15 per person if purchased in advance online at www.fearatfenwaysouth.com, and all entertainment is included with admission. Gate admission at the door will be $25 per person. www.fearatfenwaysouth.com.

Mike Greenwell's 23rd Annual Haunted Hike
Mike Greenwell's Bat-A-Ball and Family Fun Park
35 NE Pine Island Road, Cape Coral
Can you escape the asylum? Our 23rd Annual Haunted Hike will take place from 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 26-Oct. 25 and Thursday-Friday, Oct. 30-31. Our general admission ticket
is $10 and our Fast Pass admission will be $15. There is a $2 special event parking fee. 239-574-4386

Haunted Corn Maze and Haunted Hay Rides
Redneck Yacht Club
44570 Bermont Rd, Punta Gorda
3 through Saturday, 18
Oct 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 – nights only. Haunted Corn Maze, Haunted Hay Ride, Oct 25 – Haunted Festival
www.redneckyachtclubmudpark.com

Tropical Fun-Shine Polynesian Show
Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Rd, Cape Coral
7 - 9 p.m.
This Polynesian dance show will have your heart pounding to tantalizing Tahitian beats. Swaying hula dancers will mesmerize you as they tell a story with their hula hands to music of the islands. Come watch some of the finest Polynesian performers in Southwest Florida. (All Ages) $15 tickets in advance / $20 tickets at the door. 239-549-4606

Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Party!
McGregor Baptist Church 
3750 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers
6:30 - 9 p.m.
Southwest Florida's WAY-FM is excited for the Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Party! The Crazy Hair Tour is a Bible-based relationship-building experience for moms and their tween daughters (typically ages 8-12). You and your daughter will enjoy a fun fashion show that demonstrates modesty, incredible balloon sculptures, bouncing beach ball competitions, mother/daughter conversation time, and it all comes with a crazy proposal to get crazy.  The Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Tour helps moms cultivate God-crazy Daughters, who embrace inner beauty, biblical modesty, and vibrant purity! 239-936-1754

 
Saturday - 4

Kids Free Fishing
Bass Pro Shops,
10040 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Be sure to take advantage of our FREE kids fishing!  The FIRST Saturday of each month. So grab the whole Family and come join all the excitement! All equipment provided. 239-461-7800

Free Class - Introduction to Clowning
Iona McGregor Fire District Station 74
6061 South Pointe Blvd., Fort Myers
9 -11 a.m.
Presented by members of The Caloosa Clown Alley
Clown history, Makeup demonstration, Balloon animals, Firehouse Open House afterwards till 3 p.m. For more information & reservations, contact: Kayo the Clown. 239-995-8881

Improv Café - Youth Improv
Center for Performing Arts
10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs
3 p.m.
Make Saturday afternoon the best time of the week when you bring your family out to “Little Shop of Improv,” the first Saturday of every month at 3:00pm. Local youth improv groups perform short and long form improv that includes suggestions provided by you, the audience! Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player! Snacks and beverages available. Adults: $12 Members / $15 Non-Members / $17 Door, Youth Tickets: $6 Member / $9 Non-Member / $12 Door. For further information call 239-495-8989 www.artcenterbonita.org



Pure Fort Myers Grand Opening
The Marina at Edison Ford
2360 W First St, Fort Myers
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The day will be a fun-filled event for the entire family to celebrate Pure Florida’s newest location of family fun and thrills. This daylong celebration will feature live music, tasty food, a visit with the Everblades Team and cheerleaders, as well as a special appearance by Swampy, their mascot. Pure Fort Myers, Pinchers and the Edison Ford Winter Estates will be offering river excursions, tours, and specials on kids’ meals. Pure Fort Myers’ vessel M/V Edison Explorer will be open for walk aboard inspection from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and then running Tours at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and a Sunset cruise departing at 6 p.m. This event also coincides with the first ever Craft Beer Fest hosted by The Marina at Edison Ford. Private charters are also available and additional activities will be added in the near future including bike, boat and kayak rentals. For information or to book your next adventure with Pure Fort Myers, call 239-919-2965 www.purefortmyers.com

Goldenfest
Shell Factory
22787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers
10 a.m. to 2 p.m..
Events include pet vendors, exhibits, Santa pet portraits, dog dock diving, flyball, a “Furminator” grooming booth, a huge raffle and silent auction, refreshments and more. Raffle and auction items range from theater, dinner cruise and hotel tickets to rounds of golf, lavish gift baskets and cruise packages. All breeds of well-mannered, leashed dogs are invited to attend with their owners. Free admission and parking. www.grrswf.org, 239-369-0415.

Kids Club® –  Hand Painted Halloween Rocks
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - noon
Halloween rocks at Michaels! Let the kids craft while you shop. Come by for our Hand Painted Halloween Rocks Event … and take home a completed project. Includes supplies. Plus, get free Halloween face painting at Kids Club Events in October. Just $2 per 30-minute session - including supplies. 3 and Up. 
239-274-5509

Annual Great Pumpkin Event
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
Noon - 3 p.m.
Get the whole family in the spirit of Halloween. Join us on Saturday, October 4, for our Annual Great Pumpkin crafting/decorating event. Just $6 per 9” craft pumpkin,
includes supplies. Offer available while supplies last. 5 and Up. 239-274-5509

Bully Film
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
1 p.m.
Age Group: Middle School, High School
In recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month, the East County Regional Library will be hosting a screening of Bully, Lee Hirsch's powerful documentary film on peer-to-peer
bullying in schools across America. A discussion led by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Lee County will
follow the screening. Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, disturbing content and some strong language - all involving kids. 239-479-4636

Help Stop Bullying
Cape Coral - Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
1:30 p.m.
Age Group: Middle School, 3rd-5th Grade, Family
Description: Deputy C. Tyus from the Lee County Sheriff's Office will be presenting tips for bullying prevention and cybersafety. Education and strategies shared here will be age appropriate for children and tweens. Learn the risks and speak up!
239-479-4636

Saturday Morning Storytime
Barnes & Noble, 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Join us in our Children's Department every Saturday at 11 a.m. for storytime! 239-437-0654

Saturday Adventure Camp
Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center
315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral
6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center has a new Saturday Adventure Camp. If you are looking for something fun and exciting for your child, look no further because Saturday Adventure Camp is for you! Participants will enjoy games, sports, arts and crafts, guest speakers, field trips, and more. Children will be provided with two snacks but need to pack a lunch. This program is for children ages 5-14 and is only $19 dollars for the day. 
239-242-3950

Home Depot Kids Workshop 
How to Build an EMS Truck
Home Depot, Various locations
9 a.m.  -  noon
Come learn how to build an EMS Truck for Fire Safety Month! 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 to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops

Book Discussion: Wonder by R.J. Palacio (teen)
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane
3 p.m.
Being the new kid in school is a challenge for any student, but if you're a fifth-grader with a serious facial deformity and you've been homeschooled all your life like Auggie, the challenges are huge. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. 239-479-4636

Family Fun Day
Kusa Fencing Academy
12379 Crystal Commerce Loop, Fort Myers
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Looking for a fun activity to do with the kids? Join us for a Taste of Family Day at Kusa Fencing Academy. On family Day October 4th we will offer Fencing and Self Defense demonstrations. Come tour the club, which includes multiple fencing strips with all new equipment and scoring machines, Art room, Game room with Pool Table, Ping Pong Tables and Foosball. Come try your luck at the Raffle and win local products and services and more.  239-222-8440

Greenmarket
Alliance For the Arts, Fort Myers
Saturday mornings 9 a.m. to 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

 
Sunday - 5

We Love Fort Myers - Community Appreciation Event
First Assembly of God
4701 Summerlin Rd., Fort Myers
9 a.m. & 11 a.m.  Outdoor events follow the services
This is a chance for our church family to serve and show Christ’s love to our community! We will have two services on Sunday, one at 9 a.m. and one at 11 a.m. These services will feature many of our community leaders (mayor, police force, firefighters, EMT) and spotlighting how our church serves our community throughout the year. After each service, we will provide a FREE lunch for everyone, as well as lots of fun
activities, including train rides, bungee jumping, rock climbing, bounce houses, and more! 239-936-6277

 
Monday - 6

Fort Myers Library Teen Chess Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
5 p.m.
Enjoy chess? Come to the Teen area and hang out with new friends while playing a game of chess. Open to kids of all ages to play. No registration is needed. Use one of the library’s boards – there are plenty to share! 239-479-4636

Audition - Cultural Park Theater Youth Chorus    
Cultural Park Theater
528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral
Auditions for the new Cultural Park Theater Youth Chorus - Mondays at 4:30 pm. Check out our two choruses: Young Artist Chorus (grades 2-12) Mondays, 5-6 p.m.; Concert Chorus (a show choir for more advanced students - grades 4-12) Mondays, 6-7 p.m. Visit our FB page or website:
www.communityyouthchorus.com  239-772-5862

Chess Anyone?
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
4 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Rise to the chess challenge and join the fun. Chess enthusiasts of all ages are welcome! Bring a chess set or use one of the library’s. 239-479-4636

 
Tuesday - 7

Bully Film
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
6 p.m.
In recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month, the Fort Myers Regional Library will be hosting a screening of Bully, Lee Hirsch's powerful documentary film on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America. A discussion led by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Lee County will follow the screening. Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, disturbing content and some strong language - all involving kids. Registration Required. 239-479-4636

Poetry Club (teen)
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
6 p .m.
Join local poetry writers and enthusiasts as they meet every month to write, share and discuss this literary art form. Meetings may vary to include workshops, speakers and readings. All are welcome. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Family Night
Chick-fil-A at Pine Island Road
790 NE Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
5 - 7 p.m.
We're creating Crazy Masks, 239-242-8748

Family Night: Fall Craft
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Make a Fall photo frame 239-433-9030

Goblin Wails and Monster Tales
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
6 p.m.
Join the library for a spooky good time as we read favorite scary stories and create some creepy crafts. Costumes are welcome! Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Kids Night - Balloon Artist
Chick-fil-A Estero,
21900 S Tamiami Trail
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Come and meet an Estero Fire Dept. Firefighter, and see one of their fire trucks, we will also have a variety of crafts for you to do. 239-498-8700

East County Anime Club (teen)
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
4:30 p.m.
Join a group of teens with an interest in Anime, Manga and other aspects of Japanese culture. Registration is not required but the program is limited to 25 participants. 239-479-4636

I'll Stand Up For You!" An Anti-Bullying Program
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
6:30 p.m.
Age Group: Middle School, High School
Description: Stand up! Be a part of the solution, start now! College students from Thrive FGCU will present a skit about bullying and lead a discussion. For fifth grade and up. Parents are welcome. 239-479-4636

 
Wednesday - 8

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

Teen Reads Book Discussion
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.
Age Group: High School
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Join a group of teens to discuss Teen Ink's, Bulling Under Attack, a collection of true stories written by teen victims, bullies and bystanders. Registration is required.  239-479-4636

Bully Film
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
6 p.m.
In recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month, The Lakes Regional Library will be hosting a screening of Bully, Lee Hirsch's powerful documentary film on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America. A discussion led by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Lee County will follow the screening. Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, disturbing content and some strong language - all involving kids. Registration Required. 239-479-4636

Teen Theater Auditions “Into the Woods, Jr.”
Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs,
10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs
October 8 & 9,  5 - 8 p.m.
Free Youth Theater Program! Ages 12 to 19 are encouraged to audition, there are many roles for young men and women who want to learn the music of Stephen Sondheim from a trained Broadway professional. For the audition all actors should be prepared to sing, dance and act. You must bring in 16 bars of a prepared song, CD accompaniment is allowed without lyrics, or you can sing without music. Nothing complicated or fancy is necessary; Happy Birthday will do just fine for a song. We just need to hear you sing. Please don’t be intimidated. Everyone is welcome to audition. Then you will be paired up with other actors and asked to read from the script. No advance monologue preparation is required. Come dressed to move and dance, no flip-flops or sandals, dresses or skirts. Call to reserve audition time 239-495-8989.  www.artcenterbonita.org
 
 
Thursday - 9

Cardboard Car Drive-In!
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
Thursday, October 9 • 10:30 a.m.
Calling all preschoolers! Race into the library to build a personalized cardboard car! Bring the
creativity and all other supplies will be provided, including the box! Parents act as crew chiefs and help out when needed. Afterward, hop in the car and watch a story on the big screen! Yay! For ages 2 – 5. Registration required
239-479-4636
 
 
Friday - 10

A Little Taste Of Greece
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
8210 Cypress Lake Dr., Fort Myers
Oct. 10 - 11, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Free admission and open to the public. All Indoors & carryout available!! 239-481-2099

Game'n (teen)
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
2:30 p.m.
How many books can be balanced on the head while walking 20 feet? Can your team win the coconut broom race? Enjoy board games, card games or electronic games? Choose a challenge and join in the fun! 239-479-4636

Haunted Walk
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers
October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 - 31
Guests journey on a mile boardwalk through pine flatwoods and cypress swamps. It’s that ghoulish time of year again, when “Freaks of Nature” roam freely at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium in Fort Myers.  SW Florida residents have come to expect the most incredible fright of their life during Halloween at CNCP.  This year won’t disappoint with strange, mutant animals prowling the grounds just as you walk by.  Be sure to dress up in your finest freaky getup; if you blend in maybe you’ll be safe!  Dates are October 10,11, 17, 18, 24-31 at 7:30 p.m. each night, ticket sales start 7 p.m. In addition, there is a kid-friendly version known as the Friendly Forest.  There will be games, crafts and candy to delight our littlest visitors up to about age ten.  Costumes are expected. Dates are October 25 & 26 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 239-275-3435 www.calusanature.org
   
Beans and Scenes
Cypress Lake High School
6750 Panther Ln, Fort Myers
October 10 & 11, 7 p.m.
This Halloween edition will be known as Beans and Screams! Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls take the stage in the haunted version of the original. 239-481-2233


9th Annual Pirate Fest
Docks beside Matanzas Pass, Fort Myers Beach
October 10 - 12
The fest runs all weekend long and begins with a boom.
Opening cannon shots are fired from the fisherman’s wharf at Old San Carlos Boulevard on Friday at 5 p.m. and closing
cannon shots are on Sunday at 5 p.m. Pirate Fest will include live music, events and acts such as the Craic Celtic Fusion Music, Arrr Inc. and the Skeleton Crew Family Fun Theatre, cannon firing from Gulf Coast Black Powder, Black Duck pirate ship rides, live mermaids and pirate groups on stage and interacting with the crowd on Old San Carlos Boulevard. The most exciting event will be the live sea battle at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a 45-minute cruise to view the sea battle at 1:45 p.m. both days leaving from the fisherman’s wharf docks on Old San Carlos Boulevard at Fort Myers Beach. For family fun and a chance to win prizes,
purchase a $5 scavenger hunt map at the Chamber’s Visitors Center on Fort Myers Beach. www.fortmyersbeach.org/piratefest

4th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival
Fleamasters
4135 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers
Oct. 10 - 12,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Highlights include: 3-Days of continuous, live entertainment on Fleamasters’ big 32-ft. Music Hall Stage. This year’s line-up includes dance teams, the Dixielanders and the 30-member Hafenkapelle German Band. Great Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin Painting. Adopt a pumpkin to decorate and take home. Look up, and you’ll see one very tall scarecrow. The amazing Way Too Tall Torrie will navigate Fleamasters’ aisles on stilts, and the talented face-painter, Giggles the Clown, will entertain Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy a wagon ride from the Whispering Pines Clydesdales Sunday afternoon and more activities for the young and young-at-heart. 239-334-7001

Live Animal Show
Cape Coral Yacht Club
5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by Sarasota Jungle Gardens, this is one show you won’t want to miss! This will be an interactive, entertaining and educational show featuring exotic animals. Enjoy the children’s craft and game area from 6:30 p.m. until the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Food & drinks will be available for purchase at the event. $7 per person (Children under 2 are free) 239-574-0806

 
Saturday - 11

Mad Science Saturday
Imaginarium Science Center
2000 Cranford Ave., Fort Myers
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Imaginarium Science Center will host Mad Science Saturday on Oct. 11, with special activities from 10 a.m. 2 p.m., including spooky science, strange science, animal oddities and more for a day like no other. Come in costume and save $2. Staff and volunteers will be dressed as scientists at exploration stations where children can tackle the sometimes surprising science of motion. 239-321-7420

The Creative Theater Workshop’s Annie Jr.
Cape Christian Children’s Theater
2110 Chiquita Blvd. S., Cape Coral
Saturdays, Oct. 11, 18 & 25, 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.
Leapin’ Lizards!” Annie Jr. is coming to Cape Coral! (Adults $10 and Children $7) Tickets can be purchased online at creativetheaterworkshop.com

Kids Club® –  Mummy Madness
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - noon
A graveyard smash! Come by for our Mummy Madness Event ... and take home a completed project. Just $2 per 30-minute session - including supplies. 3 and Up.  239-274-5509

Halloween Spooktacular
Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
2 p.m.
Boyles and Ghouls will enjoy fun, magic and music presented by the Count of Hauntsville. Come and join the library, if you dare, for this non-scary show. Wear a Halloween costume! Kids, family, parents welcome. Recommended age 4 and up. Registration is requested.  239-479-4636

Boo Bash
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.
Join the library for some frightfully fun Halloween games and crafts. 239-479-4636

Open House and 20th Anniversary Celebration    
Lee County Solid Waste Resource Recovery Facility
10500 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers,
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
See what happens to the waste material your family sets at the curb. Tours of the Waste-to-Energy and Recycling facilities, educational displays and giveaways. This family-friendly events free.  Formal presentations at 10 a.m.  239-533-8000

Lowe’s Kid Clinic - Haunted House
Lowe’s Home Improvement Store
Most local locations
10 a.m.
Build and Grow Clinics will teach your kids how to safely complete a variety of projects. www.lowesbuildandgrow.com

Mega Flea Market
Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center
315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral
8 a.m. - Noon
Shoppers will have an opportunity to get great deals and support the youth center.  If you would like to be a vendor you can rent a space to sell children's clothing, toys, household items and much more.  The vendor fee is only $14 Res/$19 Non-Res A table and chair will be provided.  239-242-3950

7th Annual Cops & Joggers 5K
Centennial Park,
2000 West First Street, downtown Fort Myers
6 to 10 p.m.
Benefiting fallen police officers and firefighters and their families, this year’s event will take place during the evening hours with the glow of first responders’ lights lining the race path. The annual event will include food and merchandise vendors, police equipment displays, a vehicle smash, music, and kids fun area with bounce houses, a dunk booth, children’s SWAT obstacle course and other family activities. Beginning at 7:45 p.m., the 3.1 mile run begins and ends at Centennial Park and will cross the Edison Bridge. Participating joggers may register online with the Fort Myers Track Club at www.ftmyerstrackclub.com. 239-321-7698.

Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of
Origami Activity Day
Centers for the Arts Bonita Spring, 26100 Old 41 Rd.
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Enjoy a brief tour of the current exhibition “Folding Paper:  The Infinite Possibilities of Origami” a hands-on, interactive exploration of origami with projects related to the theme of the exhibition. A great afternoon for the entire family. Free and open to the public. 239-495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org
 
 
Monday - 13

Plant and Animal Scavenger Hunt
Everglades Wonder Gardens
27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Make your own discoveries at the Everglades Wonder Gardens with our Plant and Animal Scavenger Hunt. Prize awarded to each child 12 and younger who completes the hunt. 239-992-2591 evergladeswondergardens.com

The 15th Annual Pine Island Elementary School
Fishing Tournament & Derby
Olde Fish House Marina
4530 Pine Island Road, Matlacha
8 a.m.
Great fishing, live music, a fish fry, auctions and kids activities! Registered children are invited to participate in games, face-painting, T-shirt-painting, the fishing derby is in three age divisions. The Shark, Pine Fish and Shrimp. The children's tournament will start at 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each age group will have the opportunity to fish for 1 1/2 hours. Awards ceremony to follow tournament. Cost for non-PIE students is $35; for PIE students, $30 (sponsorship available for those who cannot pay the fee.) Each sponsored child will receive a fishing rod and reel, bait, games, trophies, face painting, free lunch and two sodas, T-shirt and four bike raffles and free lunch.
The adult fishing tournament, which will begin at 7 a.m. and end promptly at 2 p.m. at the docks, is $50 per person with a boat maximum of four anglers. Children can also fish in the adult tournament for $50. For kid’s sponsorship and registration forms or more information about the fishing event or donating auction items, visit www.matlachahookers.org or call Sandy Kerr at 239-424-8219 or DJ Ruscik at 239-910-3829.

Let’s Talk Books - 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (teen)
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
4 p.m.
What could be better than sipping hot chocolate, munching a great cookie and talking about a favorite book? Come on in, join the group. While reading 13 Reasons Why envision which stars should play the main characters. For grades 9 and up.  239-479-4636

Get Your Game On! (teen)
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.
All teens at invited to visit the East County Regional Library to play Nintendo Wii and a variety of board games at this relaxed and fun for all program. Registration is not required but the program is limited to 25 participants. 239-479-4636


Game Night for Teens
Fort Myers Regional Library,
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
5 p.m.
Teens, want to relax and play some games with friends? Come dance or sing with the library’s gaming station in the Teen Scene room. Use drums, guitars, keyboard and a microphone or dance with the Wii! 239-479-4636

 
Tuesday - 14

Light the Night! (teen)
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
6:30 p.m.
Create a luminary! As the nights shorten, light the night with this inspired creation. All materials supplied. For grades five and up. Space is limited so registration is required. 239-479-4636

Family Night
Chick-fil-A at Pine Island Road
790 NE Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
5 - 7 p.m.
Let's make a Bubble Monster - their will be face painting tonight. 239-242-8748

Family Night: Puppet Fun
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Jeff Schafer our friendly dentist will be here with his puppets with promotional items to give away. 239-433-9030

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
October 14, 28 & 31 • 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.  Reservations required, call(239-463-4588.

Kids Night -  Face Painter
Chick-fil-A Estero,
21900 S Tamiami Trail
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Our Face Painter will be with us and the kids will be making a make a cool Top Hat. 239-498-8700

Young Scientist Program:
How does your GREENHOUSE grow?
Imaginarium Science Center
2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m.- noon
Did you know you could harness the power of the sun?  It's easy! Explore the power of the sun and other alternative energy sources and solve the mystery of what makes a greenhouse grow!  They don't call it the Sunshine State for nothing!  (ages 3-8) 239-321-7420

Let’s Talk Books - Gabe and Izzy by Gabrielle Ford (teen)
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
4 p.m.
What could be better than sipping hot chocolate, munching a great cookie and talking about a favorite book? Come on in, join the group. While reading Gabe and Izzy, envision which stars should play the main characters. For grades 6-8. 239-479-4636


Turn Dreams Into Reality (teen)
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
Oct. 14 - 18
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. This Teen Read Week the library will have books on display with the theme of "Turn Dreams Into Reality." Fiction and non-fiction books based on dreams will be available along with a display area for teens to add their dreams!  239-479-4636

 
Wednesday - 15

Mom’s Appreciation Day
Miromar Outlets, Estero
10 a.m. to noon in MundoFox 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

NWRL Performing Arts Club (teen)
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
4 p.m.
Have dramatic flair? A secret passion for singing? A confident speaking voice? Great dance moves? Want to learn or share any of these skills? Enjoy exploring drama, dance, movement, speech, music and other performing arts in an energetic, expressive setting filled with games, exercises, skits, lessons, videos and more! 239-479-4636

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

Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend
Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero
10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special – so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends
welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street.
Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Tickets range from
$20.50 to $36.80 plus fees and parking.
www.ticketmaster.com

 
Thursday - 16

Elementary My Dear
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
4 p.m.
October is Bullying Prevention Month so we have invited a special guest to help with the Elementary My Dear program. Deputy C. Tyus from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office will be presenting tips for bullying prevention and cybersafety. Education and strategies shared here will be age appropriate for children and teens. Learn the risks and speak up! Registration Required. 239-479-4636

Duct Tape Bookmarks (teen)
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount Street, Fort Myers
3 p.m.
Teens are invited to celebrate Teen Read Week by coming in to create a duct tape bookmark. All materials will be provided. 239-479-4636

Preschool S.T.E.M.: Technology
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m.
Calling all curious kiddos! This new program series will explore the fun side of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.)! This month’s session will focus on hands-on technology for children ages 3-5 years with their caregivers. Bring the curiosity; the library will supply the rest!  Registration required 25. 239-479-4636

Fifth Grade Performance
San Carlos Park Elementary School
17282 Lee Rd, Fort Myers
6:30 p.m.
The 5th graders at San Carlos Park Elementary will be singing and dancing through the decades for their last elementary grade level performance. 239-267-7177

 
Friday - 17

Fall Festival & Halloween Extravaganza
Lakes Regional Park
7330 Gladiolus Dr., Fort Myers
October 17 - 31 • 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy the Halloween Express Train Ride through the villages, visit Lee County’s largest pumpkin patch or hop on the hayride. See how our local community displays their creativity in our Scarecrow Contest and vote for your favorite scarecrow. There will lots of food, family friendly activities and games. The Halloween Express Train Ride, Pumpkin Patch, Scarecrow Contest, Activities & Games, bounce houses, hayrides, face painting and photo displays are available: 239-332-2453

23rd Annual Family Fright Night-Haunted House
Bay Oaks Recreation Center
2731 Oak St, Fort Myers Beach
6 -9 p.m.
We will have a ton of ghoulish fun with music, food, games, a bounce house, a coloring contest and other activities for the whole  family. As always we will have our island famous haunted house open to anyone who dares to enter. There will be a costume contest open for all ages from infants to adults with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all age groups. $4/person or $10/family (up to 4 people). Anyone wishing to donate candy or volunteer time for this event please contact Adam or Sarah. All donations are greatly appreciated. 239-765-4222

Cinderella
North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts
1856 Arts Way, N. Fort Myers
Friday, October 17 • 6:30 p.m.
$8. 239-997-2131


Miss Nelson Has a Field Day
Broadway Palm Children’s Theatre
1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
October 17 through November 14
Miss Nelson's students haven't won a single game and are the worst football team in the state. She enlists Coach Viola Swamp to whip the team into shape and save the day! Join the students on a hilarious musical romp that takes you from the classroom to the gridiron.
239-278-4422
   
Fall Festival
Bonita Springs Middle Center for the Arts
10141 W. Terry Street, Bonita Springs
5 - 8 p.m.
Games, music, food, face painting, dunk tank, fun activity booths and more! 239-992-4422

Fall Festival
Gulf Elementary School, 3400 SW 17th Pl, Cape Coral
5:30 - 8 p.m.
Games, inflatables, and a family fun night. 239-549-2726

Oktoberfest 2014
The German American Social Club
2101 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral
October 17 - 19 & 24 - 26
Carnival area for the kids-Featuring rides and games Hand made crafts, vendors and exhibitors, huge tent and outside Biergarten, 3 stages and 2 dance floors
and non-stop live bands.
www.capecoraloktoberfest.com

 
Saturday - 18

Anti-Bullying Storytime
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
10 a.m.
Bullying Prevention. Age Group: Family, 3rd-5th Grade, Grades K-5. A special storytime about encouraging kindness. A craft will follow. 239-479-4636

Movie in the Park 
Four Freedoms Park,
4818 Tarpon Ct., Cape Coral

7:30-10:30 p.m.
Join us for our first FREE "Movie in the Park" this season! Bring blankets, coolers, lawn chairs, etc. for a night under the stars. Light refreshments will also be available for sale. This month's featured movie is "Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl," a Disney production that is fun for the whole family! 239-573-3123

Fall For The Arts
Lee County Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
A free family festival featuring art, music, dance, theatre, education and community. Area performing
groups will dance, sing, play instruments and act in
mini-performance on the outdoor amphitheater
stage. Visual artists will demonstrate their talents in painting, drawing, sculpting and other mixed media demonstrations, while area authors sign & sell their books in the literary area, and there will be interactive art stations for kids of all ages! 239-939-2787

Horsey Halloween Fall Festival
Saddlewood Horse Club
16111 Saddlewood Lane, Cape Coral
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Come out to a fun-filled horsey day. Dress up in costume if you wish - Horses will be in Costume!  Children 2 - 15 will be able to pet and feed horses, enjoy pony/horse riding in the COVERED riding arena, hop in the bounce house and munch lunch. A highlight is the live horse painting! Treat bag for every registered child ! $20/child, lunch and all activities included. Limited spaces! Please pre-register by phone or online to reserve your spot. Pre-pay by credit card recommended or cash at the gate. www.CapeHorses.com 239-738-9300

Miles for Smiles
Bell Tower Shops, Fort Myers
1 - 5 p.m.
The Miles of Smiles ranch was started by Gail and Keith Doxie, who uses Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) to help veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) return to normal civilian life.  The Miles of Smiles fundraiser will include activities for all ages, a kid's play zone, auction, food and drinks courtesy of Cru, and live music throughout the day.
www.thebelltowershops.com

Kids Club® – Fun Frankenstein Mask
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - noon
Create some franken-tastic fun. You're welcome to join us for our Fun Frankenstein Mask Event … and take home a completed project. Includes supplies. Just $2 per 30-minute session - 3 and Up.  239-274-5509

Halloween T-Shirts for Kids and Adults
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
October 18 & 19, 1 - 4 p.m.
Scare up some Halloween fun with Michaels. Create a terror-ific jack-o-lantern, Frankenstein or ghost t-shirt. Offer available, with the purchase of a t-shirt, while supplies last. 5 and Up. 239-274-5509

Lightwire Theater presents DiNO-Light - Live at the Center
Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs
2 - 8 p.m.       
Electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness in an original tale that rocketed Lightwire Theater to the Quarter-Finals on America’s Got Talent. Truly unique and visually dazzling, DiNo Light blends cutting edge puppetry, technology, and dance for an unforgettable show for all ages. Refreshments including beer and wine available. Advance Purchase - $10 youth/$25 adults/ Door- $15 youth/ $30 adults. For further information call
239-495-8989  www.artcenterbonita.org

Special Needs Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
This storytime emphasizes books, music and sensory experiences designed for children with special needs. The library's welcoming environment will create a positive experience for children. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver, who will be an active participant in the program. Class size is limited to 10 children, plus their parents or caregivers. For children from 3 to 12 years old with special needs. Registration begins 3 weeks prior to event. 239-479-4636

Dancing Classrooms Fall Exhibition
Miromar Outlets, Estero
11 a.m. to noon
Fifth grade students from four Lee county public schools exhibit their ballroom dancing skills lakeside near the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766

Howl'oween-Pawsitively Amazing Pet Parade
Santini Marina Plaza
7205 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
9 a.m. 239-463-3600

ZombiCon - Voodoo Nightmare
Downtown Fort Myers
4 - 11 a.m. www.zombicon.com

Go Away, Big Green Monster!
Four Freedoms Park, 4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Join us for a day of fun with the popular story book “Big Green Monster” by Ed Emberly. We will be making ooey gooey slime and crafts, as well as playing music and games.  Child needs to bring lunch and a snack will be provided. (3-6 yrs.) $20 Res / $30 Non-Res.  239-574-0806

Customize a Coconut
Vino's Picasso
15250 S. Tamiami Trail, #109, Fort Myers
3:30 p.m.
Join us for a family, paint session on October 18! Paint your own coconut for your desk, yard, or a "welcome rock" for your front door. Ages 7+. $25 includes supplies and instruction.  Must RSVP at www.vinospicasso.com. 239-288-6953.

Estero Community Park Yard Sale
Estero Community Park
9200 Corkscrew Palms Boulevard, Estero
7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
It’s time to dig into your closets, garages, and storage bins for those unwanted items.  Make some extra money selling old clothing, electronics, house wares, furniture, or anything else you no longer want.  If you do not have anything to sell come out and shop for some great bargains.   A limited number of spots are available to purchase for $5 per parking space if you are planning on selling any items at the yard sale.  Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your space! You can reserve spots by calling 239-498-0415 or by visiting us in person at the recreation center.  There is no charge to come out and shop the day of the sale.   

Boo at the Zoo
Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples
3 to 7 p.m.
Kids up to age 12 can have a wildly good time celebrating Halloween at the Naples Zoo. With regular paid admission or zoo membership, kids can trick or treat from 3 to 7 p.m., join in a fun kids costume contest, and watch animals having a good time “carving” pumpkins and other holiday treats with tooth, hoof, and claw. Dress up for half off admission - A deep discount on admission will be given to visitors who come in costume to help celebrate the day. With at least one child in costume, the whole family will receive half off regular admission. 239-262-5409

 
Sunday - 19

Ding” Darling  Days
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Oct. 19 - 25
www.dingdarlingsociety.org  239-292-0566

 
Monday - 20

Free Nature & Wildlife Seminars - Lizards
Rotary Park Environmental Center
5505 Rose Garden Rd, Cape Coral
1 - 2 p.m.
This is a fascinating program for anyone who is interested in learning about native and exotic species found in Cape Coral. This talk is free and open to all ages. 239-549-4606

Tech Tear Down
Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4:30 p.m.
This fun program will feature interesting inventions and will give young inventors an up close look at many modern machines as they take them apart. For grades K-5.  Registration required!  239-479-4636

Teen Book Discussion: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE., North Fort Myers
2 p.m.
Being the new kid in school is a challenge for any student, but if you're a fifth-grader with a serious facial deformity and you've been homeschooled all your life like Auggie, the challenges are huge. In a world where bullying among young people is an
epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. Middle and high school students are invited to join in a discussion of Wonder, an inspiring and unforgettable book by R.J. Palacio. 239-479-4636


Junior Rangers! Animal Tracks
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
10 a.m.
Hey Kids! Join a park ranger for a fun program to discover more about animal tracks. All participants will have the chance to create their very own track from plaster to take home! After the program, kids can begin their journey to become a Florida State Park Ranger through the new self-guided Junior Ranger Program. Reservations required, call 239-463-4588.

Preschool Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
11 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 20, 27
Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) attend this storytime independently while parents or caregivers wait nearby in the library building. This storytime includes activities that require more participation and a longer attention span. Each preschool storytime lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required.  239-479-4636

On the Table: Blinking Eye (teen)
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
Oct. 20 - 31
Available during normal library operating hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday: Noon – 8 p.m.; Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Learn how to make a blinking eye, in the blink of an eye. Have fun with this easy origami project. 239-479-4636

Pop! The A-Maize-Ing Science of Popcorn Archaeology
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
2 p.m.
People have been snacking on popcorn for more than five thousand years. Learn how archaeologists study popcorn to discover more about people who lived long ago. Try different a-maize-ing experiments that are perfect for understanding archaeology, science and good snacky fun! Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 
Tuesday - 21

Help Stop Bullying
Pine Island Public Library
10700 Russell Road NW, Bokeelia
3:30 p.m.
Age Group: Grades K-5, Family
October is National Bully Prevention Month. Deputy C.Tyus
from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office will be presenting tips for bullying prevention and cybersafety. Education and strategies shared here will be age appropriate for children. Learn the
risks and speak up! 239-479-4636

Family Night: Pumpkin Decorating
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Decorate a pumpkin for Halloween. 239-433-9030

Kids Night
Chick-fil-A Estero, 21900 S Tamiami Trail
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Come and make a fun Magic Color Scratch Animal Mask.
239-498-8700

Books-n-Bricks with Bricks4Kidz
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
6 p.m.
Children will experience hands-on engineering fundamentals as they build motorized models (provided by the Bricks4Kidz organization) that coordinate with and enhance the fantastic stories presented by the library staff. Program is limited to 30 children in grades K-5. Registration is required.  239-479-4636

Family Night
Chick-fil-A at Pine Island Road
790 NE Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
5 - 7 p.m.
Terrific Trick or Treat Bags with candy! 239-242-8748
 
 
Wednesday - 22

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

Preschool Storytime
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 22, 29
10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 23, 30
Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) attend this storytime independently while parents or caregivers wait nearby in the library building. This storytime includes activities that require more participation and a longer attention span. Each preschool storytime lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Spooktacular Stories and More
North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE, North Fort Myers
4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22
Have a frightfully fun time with spooktacular stories and grisly games. Children in grades K-5 welcome.   239-479-4636

Preschool Storytime
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 22, 29
Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) attend this storytime independently while parents or caregivers wait nearby in the library building. This storytime includes activities that require more participation and a longer attention span. Each preschool storytime lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Anti-Bullying Family Storytime
Bonita Springs Branch Library
26876 Pine Avenue
10:30 a.m.
Age Group: 3-5 Years, 2 Years, 0-2 Years
Come join the Bonita Springs Library at Family Storytime! Every program holds a new avenue of fun and reading exploration through stories, songs, and fingerplays ages 1 to 5 will love. This session will feature stories about making friends and bullying. Instructor: Dana Brown. 239-479-4636

 
Friday - 24

Smuggler's Presents Haunting on the Harbor
At the corner of US 41 & US 17, Punta Gorda
Festival & Haunted House on October 24 - 26 &
Haunted House Only on October 30 - 31.
Thrills & Chills for all! Voted Best Haunted House!
Kids play area & bounce house. New not so scary kid's fun house. Hayrides through downtown Punta Gorda, Carnival Games & Rides , Pumpkin patch & scary photo booth, nightly costume contests, live music every night, awesome fair food & beverages. puntagordahaunting.com

Movie in the Park: Monsters University
Centennial Park, 2000 West First Street, Fort Myers
7:30 p.m.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating. 239-321-7524

Fall Festival
The North Fort Myers Community Park
2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers
6-9 p.m.
This is a free event for the community. Up to 200 children in costume will receive a free bag of safe candy after the costume contest. Enjoy Inflatable bouncers, family entertainment, costume contest, give-a-ways, and more. The North Fort Myers Knights concession stand will be open for food and drink purchase..  All local area businesses are invited to set up a 10 X 10 booth area decorated with a fall theme and the ability to advertise for free.  Businesses are encouraged to have small give-a-ways for the children such as candy, key chains, coupons, etc.  The sale of items at the Fall Festival is prohibited. 239-533-7200

Tricks and Treasures
Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Pl, Cape Coral
6 p.m.
This is a private event, by invitation only. This Halloween come and enjoy Tricks and Treasures with Pathways Connect of SWFL! Everyone is invited to join us in a safe FOOD FREE Halloween get together! Come in costume with a decorated vehicle to compete for the best decorated trunk. Before hunting for all of the treasures, we will be making treasure chests to carry all of your precious gems home in! www.facebook.com /Pathways Connect SWFL Trunk or Treat!

Bonita Springs YMCA Fall Festival
27200 Kent Road, Bonita Springs
6:15 - 8:15 p.m.
The event is a low-cost, family-friendly evening open to the public. This is an event that is open to the public $1 entry will also get you a ticket for the raffle. There will be face painting, carnival games, costume contests and other family friendly activities. Food and drinks are available for a nominal fee of $3-$6. 239-221-7560 www.bonitaspringsymca.org

Astronomy For Amateurs
Hickeys Creek Mitigation Park
17980 Palm Beach Blvd, Alva
7:30 p.m.
This free program is designed to show beginning astronomers how to easily find stars, constellations and planets. Bring binoculars, water, bug spray, a flashlight and a lawn chair or something to sit on. We will meet in the parking lot. This program is free with paid parking but may be cancelled due to inclement weather, clouds, Registration is required.  For more information, call Kelly at 239-822-5212.

 
Saturday - 25

City of Fort Myers Trunk and Treat
Fort Myers Aquatic Center,
1750 Matthew Drive, Fort Myers
7 - 9 p.m.
Join us for a fun, community event offering a safe alternative to Halloween traditions. Bring the kids in costume and trick or treat from car to car or join in on the festivities by becoming a "Trunker." Trunkers arrive early, park and decorate your trunk with your favorite decorations, then hand out goodies to the kids! TRUNK & TREAT also features holiday themed games, a bounce house, special guests, face painting, and prizes for winners of the "Best Trunk" contest. Admission is ONLY $1; Trunkers and their passengers enter FREE!!! 239-321-7553

Kiddo Picasso Paint Session
Vino's Picasso
15250 S. Tamiami Trail, #109, Fort Myers
12:30- 2 p.m.
Bring your child to Vino’s Picasso Fort Myers for a guided Kiddo Picasso paint session!  Ages 7+. $28 includes all supplies! Classes available every month! Seats are limited. RSVP at www.vinospicasso.com. 239-288-6953

Halloween Party
Southern Starz Gymnastics
915 Southeast 14th Place, Cape Coral
7 - 11 p.m.
Ages 4-14.  Includes pizza, drinks, and goodie bags.  We will have costume contests with prizes for each age group  as well as games and open gym. Tickets will go on sale Oct. 1,  & can be purchased at the door. $18 per child. 239-574-0034

Safe Trick or Treat
Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
3 - 7 p.m.
Costume contest with prizes for first, second and third place. 239-992-0311

Fall Festival
Harns Marsh Elementary School
1800 Unice Avenue N., Lehigh Acres
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Games & food! 239-690-1249

9th Annual Quail Forever Youth Day
Camp Miles Boy Scout Camp
38751 Bermont Rd., Punta Gorda
7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Youth ages 9-16 are invited to the South Florida Flatwoods Quail Forever Chapter’s 9th Annual Free Youth Day! Join us for a fun-filled day of kayaking, fishing for catfish and tilapia in a stocked pond, Swamp Buggy rides with trained bird dogs, clay pigeon shooting, and 3D archery with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) certified hunter safety instructors, and interactive bird dog demonstrations. A free lunch with hot dogs, burgers, chips, and drinks will be served. Safety equipment will be provided, and kids are asked to wear sturdy shoes, outdoor attire, and sunscreen. Pre-registration is recommended, and check-in is from 7:30-8 a.m. Walk-ins are taken on a first come/first serve basis only. A parent or guardian must be present during youth participation in this event. For more information or to download a registration form, visit the Quail Forever South Florida Flatwoods Chapter website at www.qfflatwoods.org. Submit a completed registration form via fax: 941-637-1963 or email: cayocostadentalxray@daystar.net


Art & Textures (teens)
Bonita Springs Public Library. 26876 Pine Avenue
3 p.m.
Come out to the Bonita Springs Library for an hour of creating art with textures. All supplies will be provided to develop an unusual and custom-made art piece. 239-479-4636

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

The SW Florida Reptile Expo
Bonita Springs/Estero Elks Lodge
3231 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Presented by the Calusa Herp Society is in it's 3rd year and promises to be even better than before. Lots of vendors will be present with a variety of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids, feeders and supplies. Talk to the breeders to learn the best way to keep your pets. Stock up on supplies at low prices. You won't want to miss this! 239-810-9425

Cape Coral Kiwanis Fall Kids Fest
Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Pl., Cape Coral
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Kidsfest is a health, safety, and fun fair dedicated to serving our local youth. Great fun, free items for the kids, rides, and entertainment make this event one to look forward to for over 5,000 people every year! 239-542-4733

Haunted Happening
Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center
315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral
5 - 8 p.m.
Join us for a night of spooky music, games, dancing, food and prizes. Dress up for a chance to win a spooktacular prize for the best costume. The cost for this event $5 per person (K-5). For more information,  call 239-242-3950

Fall Fest 2014
Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church
8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Everything is free excluding certain foods. Bounce house, face painting, crafts, puppet show, food and candy, mini golf, playground and an appearance by WAYFM are just some of the exciting things happening this year. Grab your treat bags and come join us for a fun filled evening. 239-481-3233

Health Fair
Miromar Outlets, Estero
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Near The Gap Outlet
Meet local experts and learn ways to start a healthier lifestyle. 239-948-3766

RiverFest Autumn Festival
Bonita Springs Riverside Park, old US 41 Road
1 p.m.
A day of fun for all ages. Activities include live music, hayrides, pony rides, pumpkin patch, Imperial River canoe and kayak races, pumpkin decorating contest, petting zoo, cornhole
contest, old-fashioned fish fry, rubber duck race and more.
239-949-6262

Spooktacular
Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center
315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral
5 - 8 p.m.
Youth Services is hosting a "Spooktacular Event" at the Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center. Join us for spooktacular art projects, finger plays, cookie decorating, and more!  Don't forget your little one's costume. This event is for ages 3-5 and is $10 Res/$15 Non-Res.  Registration is required.  239-242-3950

Kids Halloween Bag Decorating
Bonita Springs Public Library
26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs
1 p.m.
Join the group at the Bonita Springs Library and decorate a Halloween bag for candy or treats using Halloween paint colors and decorations. 239-479-4636

Kids Club® – Halloween FUN
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - noon
Celebrate Halloween with Michaels. Enjoy crafting treat bags, sharing candy, having your face painted and participating in a spooktacular Halloween parade. Stop by for our Happy Halloween Craft Event. Includes supplies. Just $2 per 30-minute session - 3 and Up.  239-274-5509.

Friendly Forest
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers
Oct 25 & 26 • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Come and trick-or-treat along our Friendly Forest Trail! This safe alternative to nighttime trick-or-treating is perfect for beginner and novice candy collectors. Children ages 0 - 8 will also enjoy games, crafts, face painting, sensory play, planetarium shows and live animal programs! Great for active youngsters and budding scientists. Admission: Children and Adults $5, 2 and under FREE! 239-275-3435

Fifth Annual Harvest Fest
Bonita Springs Charter School
25380 Bernwood Dr. Off of Old 41, Bonita Springs
Noon - 5 pm.
Please join us for an afternoon of fun, food, rides, games and live music. 239-992-6932

Halloween Celebration
Seminole Campground
8991 Triplett Road. North Fort Myers
1 p.m.
Games & crafts, Trick or treating, pumpkin carving, buggy rides, costume parade, decorated RV contest, haunted hike from 8:30 - 11 p.m.  and frightfully fun family activities more. 239-543-2919

5th Annual FREE Candy Carnival
Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkway, Fort Myers
5 - 8 p.m.
Games, hayrides, live music, food, pony rides, clydesdales, inflatables and lots of candy!! 239-689-9000

 
Sunday - 26

Mall Wide Trick-or-Treating
Gulf Coast Town Center
9903 Gulf Coast Main Street, Fort Myers
2 to 5 p.m.
www.gulfcoasttowncenter.com

Gulf Coast Symphony Family Concert Symphony Spooktacular
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers
Sunday, October 26 • 1 p.m.
Costume contest, safe trick-or-treating, ghoulishly good music.
$10 Box Office:  239-481-4849
More Information: www.gulfcoastsymphony.org

Howl-o-Ween Hounds
Fleamasters
4135 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Fort Myers
2 p.m.
A Costume Contest for Dogs (and their humans), 2 p.m. at Fleamasters’ Music Hall Stage. Dress up and enter your costumed canine. Whether spooky, funny, or a mix of styles, this contest is your pup’s chance to strut their stuff. Earn bonus points: Dog owners can add to the fun by dressing themselves up, as well. Entry fee $10, all of the money raised supports the Gulf Coast Humane Society.  All entries will receive a free Howl-o-ween bandana for their dog. 239-334-7001

Halloween Festival
Zoomers Amusement Park
17455 Summerlin Rd  Fort Myers
2 - 6 p.m.
Costume Contest, Trick or Treating, arts & crafts, games, face painting & lots of fun for all ages. Free admission. 239-481-9666

Annual Italian Fest
Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Restaurants will be dishing up a great menu of Italian food at affordable prices! Fun family activities are plentiful and will include a coloring contest, spaghetti eating contest, bounce houses, slides, and more! For event details visit www.FortMyersItalianFest.org or call 239-332-8158.

 
Monday - 27
 
Music Together
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
10 a.m.
The library's friends from Family Music Time will create a relaxed, playful environment where children and their caregivers can share songs, play instruments and learn rhythm patterns. Registration is required. Please be on time. Reservations are good until the start time of the program. 239-479-4636

 
Tuesday - 28

Things That Go Bump in the Night! (teen)
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
6:30 p.m.
Halloween is the perfect time for witches, ghosts and goblins. Create a Halloween decoration. Find some spine-tingling stories and share favorites. For grades five and up. Supplies are limited so registration is required. 239-479-4636

Family Night: 15th Annual Chick-fil-A Fall Festival
Chick-fil-A at Pine Island Road
790 NE Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
5 - 7 p.m.
Come decorate a pumpkin! 239-242-8748

Halloween Grossology
Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
6 p.m.
Just in time for Halloween, a program about yucky, creepy and disgusting things. Get grossed-out with activities, games, crafts and maybe a few tricks and treats. Costumes welcome! For grades K -5. Registration begins Oct. 7. 239-479-4636

Kids Night Night -  Face Painter
Chick-fil-A Estero, 21900 S Tamiami Trail
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Our Face Painter will be with us and the kids will be making an amazing Kaleidoscope. 239-498-8700

Family Night: Halloween Craft
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Choose from several that we have to celebrate Halloween. 239-433-9030

 
Wednesday - 29

Spooktacular Magic Show
Pine Island Public Library
10700 Russell Road NW, Bokeelia
4 p.m.
Boyles and Ghouls will laugh and scream as the Count of Hauntsville present a fun, non-scary show full of surprises. Join the Count in a "Spooktacular" show guaranteed to please even the scariest ghosts and goblins.  239-479-4636

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

Wacky Wednesday: Scary Stories Around the Campfire
Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First Street, Fort Myers
4:45 p.m.
Who You Going to Call to Welcome all the Boos and Ghouls? ...the Fort Myers Taletellers! They will be spinning spooky stories around the campfire. A spooky good time sure to make you jump, scream and giggle. For children 6 and up. Registration is requested. 239-479-4636

Fall Festival
First Christian Church of Fort Myers
2061 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
6 - 8 p.m.
Join us for a great family event. Games, food, music and lots of CANDY! For more information, call 239-334-0316.

 
Thursday - 30

23rd Annual Safe Trunk or Treat
Mike Greenwell's Bat-A-Ball & Family Fun Park
35 NE Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
5 to 8 p.m.
Free Event for Kids 12 & Under, Dress in Costume & bring
your goodie bags!  Donations of Pet Food accepted for
local shelters $2 special Event Parking. 239-574-4386


Fall Orchestra Concert
Cypress Lake High School, 6750 Panther Ln, Fort Myers
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Welcome to the first orchestra concert of the school year! Our incredibly talented students have prepared music from some of the world’s most influential composers. 239-481-2233

 
Friday - 31

4th Annual KIDding Around HOWL-O-WEEN
Bell Tower Shops, 13499 US HWY 41 SE, Fort Myers
6 - 8 p.m.
Join us for Trick or Treating, FREE face painting by Merica's Fun Face-Painting, photos by Uastar Promotions Photo Booth, Cheshire Cat Fine Toys, T.G.I. Friday’s Fort Myers, Live entertainment by Laughing Jack the clown, Family Music Time, FREE bounce house and more! This will be so much fun it's SCARY! www.thebelltowershops.com

Fall Festival
Daniels Road Baptist Church,
5878 Daniels Pkwy, Fort Myers
6 – 9 p.m.
Join DRBC for their annual Fall Festival.  This event is free! Games, candy, and hot dogs/chips provided.  239-481-2416

Boo! Halloween Storytime
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
10 a.m.
Join Ms. Kat for spooky stories and ghoulish fun this Halloween! Stories, songs, crafts and more! Costumes without masks are encouraged. For ages 3-6. Registration required and supplies will be limited to registered participants. 239-479-4636

Mall–O–Ween
Miromar Outlets, Estero
5 - 8 p.m.
Children come in costume and trick-or-treat at participating stores while supplies last.  Music, karaoke, and contests in MundoFox Playland. 239-948-3766

Children’s Costume Contest
Miromar Outlets, Estero
6 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded for the best costume in each age category up to 12 years old.  (Age categories 0-4 years, 5-8 years, and 9-12 years) 239-948-3766

Pet Costume Contest
Miromar Outlets, Estero
7 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded. 239-948-3766

6th Annual Royal Palm Scare
Dellutri Law Group,
1436 Royal Palm Square Blvd, Fort Myers
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Professionals from our area will line Royal Palm Square Blvd once again for a night of games, candy, prizes and fun. The street will be blocked off so the children can safely Trick or Treat. Food venders will be here, and families can purchase dinner and snacks at the event. A professional photographer will be taking pictures of the children which will be made available to the parents. Parents can also take pictures of their children with pirates! Children begin at the Dellutri Law Group Office, and are given a “Scareport” which is stamped at each of the sponsor tables. The completed “Scareports” will then be put in a drawing for a $100 gift card to Toys R Us. A costume contest for the funniest, scariest, most original and over all best costumes. The firm will award a $100 gift card to Toys R Us in each of those categories. 239-939-0900

Kidgits Halloween Event
Coconut Point, 23106 Fashion Dr., Estero
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
families and furry friends can enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by trick or treating through Coconut Point's retail shops to show off costumes.  Our four legged friends will be able to parade and be judged on the "Cutest," "Scariest" and the best "Trick for a Treat."  239-992-9966

Terror on 20th
2812 SW 20th Ave, Cape Coral
Dusk until 10 p.m.
This “home haunt” is open Halloween night from dusk until 10 p.m. The tour is free however a canned food donation for local charities is requested. The home haunt is complete with pneumatic props, actors, monsters, chainsaws, smoke machines, music & scares around every corner! terroron20th.com

Fall Family Carnival and Hay Ride
The Sanibel Community House
2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island
5 - 7 p.m.
All families are invited to dress up and trick or treat in this fun environment. One bag of candy per family is the admission. Costume Prizes,Family friendly food pricing, many games, crafts, hayride (additional cost) and more. 239-472-2155

Pee Wee Halloween
Four Freedoms Park, 4818 Tarpon Ct., Cape Coral
11 a.m. - Noon
You and your child will enjoy one hour of Halloween fun with story time, crafts, games and a snack. Parent must attend with child. (2-3 yr. olds) $10 Res / $15 Non-Res.  239-574-0804

Drop-In Halloween Spooktacular
Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Drop by for fun activities guaranteed to get you in the spirit! Wear costumes! For ages 2 to 12 years old.  239-479-4636

Trunk or Treat
Cape Coral First United Methodist Church
4118 Coronado Pkwy., Cape Coral
6 - 8 p.m.
Free to the community.  Free candy, popcorn, cotton candy, bounce houses, music, and Fun for children of all ages.   www.capecoralfirst.org  239-542-4051

Annual Harvest Fest
Kings Kidz Academy, 330 W. Mariana Ave., N. Fort Myers
Friday, October 31 • 6 – 8 p.m.
Kings Kidz Academy and North Shore Alliance Church are hosting their annual Harvest Fest, There will be tons of fun, including FREE hot dogs, drinks, cotton candy, hayrides, balloons, games and CANDY!! Rain or Shine!  239-656-1551

Kidgits Mall-O-Ween
Edison Mal, 4125 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
6 - 8 p.m.
Mallwide trick-or-treating & halloween activities. 239-939-1933
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