Fun Family Events in January

Friday - 2

 
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Presents: Built To Amaze!
Germain Arena, 
11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero
January 2 - 4
Experience all the things you know and love and be amazed by things you’ve never seen before! Witness superhuman stunts so close, you can feel it! Astonishing performers, awe-inspiring athletes and amazing animals from around the globe have been assembled in one place providing a riveting display of unimaginable proportions that are Engineered for Excitement and Custom Built for Family Fun! 239-948-7825
 
 
 
Saturday - 3
 
Family Storytime
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is requested.  239-479-4636
 
Free Jr Golf Clinic 
Coral Oaks Golf Course
1800 Northwest 28th Ave., Cape Coral
Saturday, January 3 • 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Presented in conjunction with the Youth Crime Intervention Program, Coral Oaks Golf Course is offering a FREE weekly Kids Golf Clinic every Saturday through May 16, 2015. This program is open to children aged 7-17 with instruction and balls included for free; however participants will need to supply their own golf clubs. This year's instructor is PGA Professional Jim Dunn who is an accomplished player and a former Director of Instruction from the Southern California PGA Section. Register in advance by calling Coral Oaks at 239-573-3100.
 
Midnight Skate
Eagle Skate Park 
315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral
10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Come out and skate under the stars and enjoy the cool weather.  $5 for members/$7 non-members.  239-242-3950
 
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 & live cooking by local chefs. 239-939-2787 
 
KIDding Around
Bell Tower Shops
13499 US HWY 41 SE, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - noon
Vrooooom, Vrooooom! Join us and Ruff Ryder's Bike Club for a very special KIDding Around. Children of all ages will have the chance to meet & greet with the Ruff Ryder's. Enjoy beautiful bikes, cars & dogs along with a free bounce house, face painting, balloons animals by Laughing Jack the clown, musical fun with Family Music Time, Rock climbing wall, fun with Cheshire Cat Fine Toys and more! 239-489-1221
 
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
 
ReptiDay Ft. Myers Reptile & 
Exotic Animal Expo
Crowne Plaza Fort Myers At Bell Tower Shops
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
ReptiDay Ft. Myers is a one-day reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone! Adults - $10, Children 
(5-12) - $5, Under 5 - Free Visit our website for special offers on Early Entry VIP tickets RepticonEvents@repticon.com www.reptiday.com/ftmyers.html  
863-268-4273
 
FREE Family Activity Day
Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 
Old 41 Road, Bonita Spring 
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 & open to the public. 239-495-8989
 
Improv Cafe' - Youth Improv
Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium 
10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs
3 – 5 p.m.
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! Adults: $12 member $15 non-member $17 at door. Youth: $6 member $9 non-member $12 at door: 239-495-8989 
 
Home Depot Kids Workshop  
How to Build a Mini Sled
Home Depot, Various locations
9 a.m.  -  noon
Come learn how to build a mini sled. 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 & certificate of achievement. workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids
 
On the Table: Braided Bookmarks
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
Jan. 3 – 10
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. A fast, easy and awesome DIY craft project.  239-479-4636
 
 
Library Scavenger Hunt
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
The Lee County Library System is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a scavenger hunt that explores library resources! A reward for each participant.  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
 
 
 
Monday - 5
 
Chess Anyone?
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 
4 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 5, 12, 19
A venue for beginners and aficionados alike to rise to the chess challenge. Sets provided, but players are welcome to bring their own.   
239-479-4636
 
Teen Chess Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
5 p.m.
A venue for beginners and aficionados alike to rise to the chess challenge. Sets provided,  
239-479-4636
 
Baby and Me!
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
A play-date designed just for babies and their caregivers with rhymes and fun literacy activities. For ages 0 to 23 months. Registration begins Dec. 15.  239-479-4636
 
Baby-Parent Rhyme Time
South County Regional Library 
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
10 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 5, 26
Be prepared to tickle, jump and fly with your baby! These rhymes and songs are for infants, up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. This 20-minute program is filled with songs designed to introduce rhyming and movement to infants. Registration is required. 239-479-4636
 
 
 
Tuesday - 6
 
Anime Drawing Fan Club (teen)
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
5 p.m. 
Anime drawing fans share what they have created, discover content and connect with other fans. Colored pencils, pens and paper supplies are provided.   239-479-4636
 
East County Anime Club (teen)
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 20
For teens interested in anime, manga and Japanese culture.  239-479-4636
 
Poetry Club (teen)
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
6 p.m.
Local poetry writers and enthusiasts gather every month to write, share and discuss this literary art form. Meetings may vary to include workshops, speakers & readings. 239-479-4636
 
R.E.A.D. to Patches
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
4 p.m. 
Patches, a Reading Education Assistance Dog, will be on hand to listen to children read. First come, first served.  239-479-4636
 
Family Night: Watercolor Painting
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Let’s see what kind of masterpiece you can paint using  watercolors.  239-433-9030 
 
 
 
Wednesday - 7
 
Story Corner
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28
Stories for elementary-age students ages five and above. First come, first served. 239-479-4636
 
Sunset Celebration
Cape Coral Yacht Club 
5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral
4 - 7 p.m.
Experience the beauty of Southwest Florida's amazing sunsets at the Cape Coral Yacht Club for the Sunset Celebration on the first Wednesday of every month. Listen to live music on the beach by Barbara Dexter, shop from over 40 vendors selling unique crafts, jewelry and other gift items, or take a stroll on the pier. 239-574-0806
 
Nature Mysteries Preschool Program 
Caloosahatchee Regional Park 
18500 North River Road in Alva
10 – 11:30 a.m.
3 – 6 yr. olds. Preschoolers will learn about insect galls, lichens, seeds that look like bugs, bugs that look like leaves and other unusual and mysterious things.  We will play an observation game to warm up, go on a hike as nature detectives and make a craft to take home. We will meet at the main entrance of the park at 18500 North River Road.  The cost is $5 per preschooler. A parking fee is required. For information, call Kelly at 239-822-5212. 
 
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
 
 
 
Thursday - 8
 
Baby-Parent Rhyme Time
North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE, North Fort Myers
11 a.m. 
Be prepared to tickle, jump and fly with your baby! These rhymes and songs are for infants, up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. This 20-minute program is filled with songs designed to introduce rhyming and movement to infants. Registration is required. 239-479-4636
 
 
 
Family Festival and Carnival
NE 7th Place & Pine Island Road south of 
Golden Coral in Cape Coral
Jan. 8 - 11 • starting at 6 p.m.
Come out for a fun filled evening brought to you by Temple Beth Shalom. Midway rides & games plus plenty of concession food!  
239-772-1763
 
 
 
Friday - 9
 
Outdoor Family Movie Night – 
The Life of Pi
Lee County Alliance for the Arts 
10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
7  - 9:30 p.m. 
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and coolers and enjoy a family friendly movie under the stars. The January film is Life of Pi. A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. $5 Suggested family donation.  239-939-2787 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday - 10
 
Winter Designs
Bonita Springs Public Library 
26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs
11 a.m. 
Artful designs for children using a variety of mediums.  239-479-4636
 
Florida Everblades Heroes and Villains Night
Germain Arena
11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero
5 - 9 p.m.
There will be bounce houses, face painting and live music, as well as a performance by Fur Circus during the game. After the game there 
will be a special jersey auction to support the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. 
239-948-7825
 
Circus Pages
Charlotte County Fair Grounds
2333 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte
We've got fun for the whole family! Animals are always the biggest attraction at the Circus, and our show-owned  animals include elephants, rare white tigers, camels, acrobatic dogs, liberty ponies,  horses, and Rare White Lions!  These highlight our fabulous aerial, juggling and  clown acts to complete the family experience. www.thecharlottecountyfair.com 941-629-4252
 
Frozen Snow Princess Party
Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center 
315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral
Noon - 3 p.m.
Join us at for princess games, stories, and princess punch with snowflake cookie decorating.  Don't forget to dress your little one in their favorite Frozen Snow Princess outfit!  Parents and guardians are not required to stay. This event is $12 Resident/$17 Non-Resident and is for ages 3-8.  Call 239-242-3950 to register.
 
Free Musical Discovery Series: Strings
Lee County Alliance for the Arts 
10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
10 - 11 a.m.
The Musical Discovery Series offers children the chance to engage with musicians and their instruments in a fun, relaxed program. Children enjoy a “Musical Discovery Zone,” then the program moves into the Foulds Theater for a brief concert and presentation by the musicians. The musicians explain how their instruments work and the sounds they can make, followed by a question-and-answer session. Each part of the series features a different instrument family-percussion, strings, woodwinds, and brass-for a more in-depth look at the various types and sounds of symphonic instruments. Recommended for grades K-6. 239-939-2787 
 
Special Needs Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Books, music, and sensory experiences for 
children with special needs and their families. Registration begins 3 weeks prior to event.  
239-479-4636
 
Winter Art (teen)
Bonita Springs Public Library 
26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs
Noon 
Fabric spray paints and other mediums are used to create winter art.  239-479-4636
 
Kiwanis Medieval Faire
Lakes Regional Park
7330 Gladiolus Dr. Fort Myers
Jan. 10 & 11 and 17 & 18 • 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Continuous Entertainment! Jousting by New Riders of the Golden Age, A multitude of Merchants & Artisans, Jugglers, Magicians, Minstrels, Live Combat Chess Match, Live Sword Fighting, Medieval Arts and Crafts, Royal Court and Procession, Children's Games and Rides, Medieval Clothing and Weapons, Period Food and Beverages & MEADE! www.medieval-faire.com
 
LEGO Block Party
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
A drop-in program full of LEGO fun!  
239-479-4636
 
Kids Club -  Stitched Felt Bag
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers 
10  - Noon 
Sew much fun! Come by on Saturday, January 10, from 10 a.m. to noon, for our Stitched Felt Bag Event. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per 30-minute session - including supplies. Ages 3 and up.  239-274-5509
 
 
Just Dance! 
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers
1 p.m. 
Awesome dance video games for all ages.  
239-479-4636
 
Going Bananas at the Library
The Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
3 p.m. 
Children monkey around with primate tales and a fun, monkey-themed craft. 239-479-4636
 
 
 
Monday - 12
 
Chosen Film Screening (teen)
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. 
Screening of Chosen, the true story of two ‘All-American’ teenage girls tricked into slavery. Discussion led by Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships will follow. Registration is required.  239-479-4636
 
Preschool Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
11 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 12, 26
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. Registration is required.  239-479-4636
 
Baby-Parent Rhyme Time
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 12, 26
Be prepared to tickle, jump and fly with your baby! These rhymes and songs are for infants, 
up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. This 20-minute program is filled with songs designed to introduce rhyming and movement to infants. Registration is required. 239-479-4636
 
 
 
Tuesday - 13
 
Family Storytime
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
10 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 13, 20, 27
10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28
This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes.  239-479-4636
 
Family Night: Puppet Fun
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Jeffery Shafer the dentist with puppets  will be here sharing his puppets and teaching us about how to care for our teeth. 239-433-9030 
 
Everything Is Awesome! LEGO Movie Party
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4:30 p.m. 
Games and crafts based on the popular movie. For kindergartners to fifth-graders. Registration begins Dec. 23.  239-479-4636
 
Teen After School Games
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 – 3 p.m. 
A variety of Nintendo Wii games and board games are available for this drop-in program. First come, first served.  239-479-4636
 
Skull ID 101
Six Mile Slough
7751 Penzance Boulevard, Fort Myers
1:30 p.m.
Discover what animals eat, how developed their senses are and more just by looking at their skulls. Participants will learn basic identification of animal skulls. Same information covered each week. Free with paid parking fee of $1 per hour. Pre-registration is not required. 239-533-7556
 
Family Storytime
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 13, 20, 27
10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15, 22, 29
This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes.  239-479-4636
 
Preschool Storytime
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
11 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 13, 20, 27
11 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28
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
 
Toddler Storytime
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 
Tuesdays, Jan. 13, 20, 27
Children 2 years old and their caregivers participate in song, fingerplays and short stories. The success of this age group depends on adult participation and encouragement. Toddler storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes. Registration is required.  239-479-4636
 
 
Express Yourself!
South County Regional Library 
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
6:15 p.m. 
Dance, instrumentals, karaoke or poetry! For fifth grade students and older.  239-479-4636
 
Game'n
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
3 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 13, 26
A venue for all types of games: board, card or electronic.   239-479-4636
 
 
 
Wednesday - 14
 
Family Storytime
Bonita Springs Public Library 
26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28
This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes.  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
 
Family Storytime
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount Street, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28
This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes.  239-479-4636
 
Family Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
11 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28
This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required.  
239-479-4636
 
Toddler Storytime
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28
Children 2 years old and their caregivers participate in song, fingerplays and short stories. The success of this age group depends on adult participation and encouragement.  239-479-4636
 
Preschool Storytime
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28
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
 
After School Crew: Mad Scientist
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28
Weekly stories and activities featuring hands-on science all month long. For kindergartners to fifth-graders.  239-479-4636
 
Toddler Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28
Children 2 years old and their caregivers participate in song, fingerplays and short stories. The success of this age group depends on adult participation and encouragement. Registration is required.  239-479-4636
 
Family Storytime
South County Regional Library 
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28
10 a.m. & 11 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15, 22, 29
This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required.
239-479-4636
 
Preschool Storytime
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28
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
 
Family Storytime
North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE, N. Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28
This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. 
 239-479-4636
 
 
 
Thursday - 15 
 
Saint Andrews Festival
Saint Andrew Catholic School, 
2628 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral
Jan. 15 - 18
Midway rides, carnival games, festival and local restaurant food, live music, silent auction, performances and a $10,000 raffle. The Saint Andrew Festival begins Thursday, Jan. 15, and runs all weekend, ending Sunday, Jan. 18.  The festival runs 6-10 p.m. Jan. 15, 6-11 p.m. Jan. 16, noon-11 p.m. Jan. 17 and noon-10 p.m. Jan. 18 on the grounds of Saint Andrew Catholic School, about a block south of the Midpoint Memorial Bridge. Prices vary but you can buy a four-day ride bracelet for $55 in advance online or at the school.  www.saintandrewfestival.com.
 
Baby-Parent Rhyme Time
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
10 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15, 22, 29
Be prepared to tickle, jump and fly with your baby! These rhymes and songs are for infants, up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. This 20-minute program is filled with songs designed to introduce rhyming and movement to infants.  239-479-4636
 
Emerging Inventors Early Learning Classes-
Smarts in Art & Science
Edison & Ford Winter Estates 
2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers  
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Emerging Inventors learn colors and science while experimenting with polymer, milk, paints and more. 239-334-7419
 
Guided Nature Walks at the Slough
Six Mile Slough
7751 Penzance Boulevard, Fort Myers
9:30 a.m.
Walks are limited to the first 20 people who check in. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. at the trail entrance and closes at 9:30 a.m. Walks begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Wear comfortable shoes, dress to be outside and bring binoculars. Parking fee of $1 per hour per vehicle. No groups of six or more allowed. Group tours call 239-533-7556.
 
Family Storytime
Pine Island Public Library
10700 Russell Road NW, Bokeelia
11 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15, 22, 29
This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. 239-479-4636
 
Elementary My Dear
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
4 p.m. 
Fabulous stories and activities designed for elementary school students. Registration is required.  239-479-4636
 
Baby-Parent Rhyme Time
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15, 22
Be prepared to tickle, jump and fly with your baby! These rhymes and songs are for infants, up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. This 20-minute program is filled with songs designed to introduce rhyming and movement to infants. Registration is required.  239-479-4636
 
Book Club for Kids - Author Tom Angleberger
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
4 p.m. 
Children share their favorite Tom Angleberger book and learn more about the author. Craft and snacks provided. Registration is requested. 
239-479-4636
 
Toddler Storytime
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
11 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15, 22, 29
Children 2 years old and their caregivers participate in song, fingerplays and short stories. The success of this age group depends on adult participation and encouragement. Toddler storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes.  239-479-4636
 
Baby-Parent Rhyme Time
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
10 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15, 22, 29
10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24
Be prepared to tickle, jump and fly with your baby! These rhymes and songs are for infants, up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. This 20-minute program is filled with songs designed to introduce rhyming and movement to infants.  239-479-4636
 
Family Storytime
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
11 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15, 22, 29
This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. 
239-479-4636
 
Lunchbox Theatre Series: Journey to OZ
Florida Repertory Theatre
2267 1st St Fort Myers
Thursday, January 15 • 11 a.m.
Transported on the wings of a cyclone to the magical Land of Oz, Dorothy and Toto, must find the Wizard before it’s too late. This ALL-NEW adaptation puts the audience in the middle of the action as Dorothy and her friends travel down the Yellow Brick Road, battle the Wicked Witch to find the brains, the heart, and the courage they never knew they had! Your $12 admission includes: The performance, discussion with the actors, interactive workshop and lunch. Free Parking!.  239-332-4488
 
 
 
Friday - 16
 
Games 'n Bricks
South County Regional Library 
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
1 – 3 p.m.
The meeting room will be open to build with LEGOs and play board games. All materials provided.    239-479-4636
 
Babysitting Course
Four Freedoms Park, Cape Coral
10:30 a.m. - 5 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 child care via classroom training and hands-on procedures. Participants must bring lunch. $40 Res / $60 Non-Res (6 hour class)
239-574-0804
 
Family Storytime
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 16, 23, 30
This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required.  
239-479-4636
 
 
 
Saturday - 17
 
Opposite Celebration
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. 
Fun opposite stories, a game of opposites and a craft.  239-479-4636
 
Free SW Florida Twins Youth Clinics
The free clinics offer youth throughout Southwest Florida the opportunity to learn more about the games of baseball and softball. Twins instructors will use drills to teach the fundamentals of throwing, hitting and fielding at each clinic. All elementary and middle school aged boys and girls are welcome. who are accompanied by an adult. 
 
Saturday, Jan. 17
Tony Rosbough Community Park
Little League Road, Immokalee
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Juan Garcia, 239-628-2549
 
Saturday, Jan. 17
Three Oaks Community Park
18251 Three Oaks Pkwy, Fort Myers
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Lisa Holton, 239-770-6691
 
 
 
Baby-Parent Rhyme Time
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
9:30 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 17, 24, 31
Be prepared to tickle, jump and fly with your baby! These rhymes and songs are for infants, up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. This 20-minute program is filled with songs designed to introduce rhyming and movement to infants. Registration is required.  239-479-4636
 
Kids Club - Freeze Frame
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers 
10  - Noon 
Snowflake it yourself!! Come by on Saturday, January 17, from 10 a.m. to noon for Freeze Frame Event and take home a completed project. Just $2 per 30-minute session - including supplies. Ages 3 and up. 239-274-5509
 
Rubber Band Jewelry Craft
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers
1 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 17, 31
Colorful rubber band jewelry. All supplies provided.  239-479-4636
 
Teen Programs
Pine Island Public Library
10700 Russell Road NW, Bokeelia
How Very Pinteresting: Cross Stitch +
1 p.m. 
Pixel People Star Wars cross-stitch by weelittlestitches for beginners and pros. A second quick Pinterest craft to follow, depending on time and interest.   239-479-4636
 
Young Artists Awards Auditions
Lee County Alliance for the Arts 
10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
January 17, 18, 24, and 25 
Dance, drama, instrumental music, classical voice, contemporary voice or musical theatre. Students must be preregistered to participate. Visit the Young Artists Awards website to learn more. www.youngartistsawards.org
 
 
National Anthem Auditions
Miromar Outlets, Estero 
1 p.m. Near Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store 
Audition to perform the National Anthem at a Minnesota Twins Spring Training game. 
239-948-3766
 
Family Music Playdate
Cape Christian Fellowship
2110 Chiquita Blvd S, Cape Coral
Fellowship Park Pavilion 3
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
We will partner with Family Music Time to have a free Family Music playdate. Bring the kids for this fun musical event! Lunch will be provided. Limited space available so RSVP. 239-205-8186
 
 
 
Monday - 19
 
On the Table: Shoe Polish Batik
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
Jan. 19 – 28
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. Step-by-step directions on how to make a batik picture using paper, crayons, shoe polish and paper towels.   239-479-4636
 
 
 
Tuesday - 20
 
Game On!
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4:30 p.m. 
Children will create a board game and play a life-size version of a classic game! For kindergartners to fifth-graders. Registration begins Dec. 30. 239-479-4636
 
Family Night: Cow-a-Bingo
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Play bingo and win a prize.  239-433-9030 
 
Books-n-Bricks with Bricks4Kidz
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
6 p.m. 
Hands-on engineering fundamentals and motorized model building (provided by Bricks4Kidz) with fantastic stories from library staff. For kindergarteners to fifth-graders. Registration is required.  239-479-4636
 
 
 
Wednesday - 21
 
Wacky Wednesday Crafting: Book About Me
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
4:45 p.m. 
Make-and-take craft. Supplies provided. For kindergarteners to fifth-graders. Registration is requested.  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
Pine Island Public Library
10700 Russell Road NW, Bokeelia 
3:30 p.m. 
Favorite books and creative crafts designed specifically for elementary school-aged children.  239-479-4636
 
 
 
Friday - 23
 
Daddy/Daughter Date Night
Cape Coral Yacht Club Ballroom
5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral
6 - 9 p.m.
Join us at the Cape Coral Yacht Club for a night to remember! The Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Dept. is proud to bring you an enchanting evening for girls and their dads including music, dancing, door prizes, catered hot & cold appetizers, refreshments and even a special photo by a professional photographer to capture the moment. Pre-registration required. 239-574-0804
 
All-County Md./High Orchestra in Concert
North Ft. Myers High School Auditorium
5000 Orange Grove Boulevard, Fort Myers
7 p.m.
Middle and high school top strings players gather together from around Lee County Schools, to present musical selections under the direction of special clinicians brought in to work with these two very talented groups. 239-995-2117
 
 
 
Saturday - 24
 
Fairy Tales from Asia
The Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
3 p.m.
Asian stories and a Chinese Dragon puppet craft. 239-479-4636
 
Playing with DNA (teen)
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.
Strawberry DNA experiment and DNA candy models for tweens.  Registration is required.  239-479-4636
 
 
Monopoly Mania
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers
Noon 
A marathon of Monopoly that can go on all afternoon.  239-479-4636
 
Western Horse Interaction Day
Saddlewood Horse Club 
16111 Saddlewood Lane, Cape Coral
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Come out to a fun filled day. Children will be able to pet, groom and feed horses, enjoy pony/horse riding in the COVERED riding arena, hop in the bounce house, and munch lunch. A highlight is the real live horse painting! $20/child, lunch and all activities included. Please pre-register by phone or e-mail to reserve your spot. Pre-pay by credit card or cash at the gate. 239-738-9300
 
Saturday Splatter Painting for Tweens
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
2 p.m. 
Painting craft, terrific results.  239-479-4636
 
Kids Club - Mardi Gras Mask
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers 
10  a.m. - Noon 
It’s a piece of (King’s) cake! Come by on Saturday, January 24th, from 10 a.m. to noon for our Mardi Gras Mask Event and take home a completed project. Just $2 per 30-minute session - including supplies. 239-274-5509
 
Family Camp Out 
Jaycee Park
4125 Southeast 20th Place, Cape Coral 
January 24 - 25 • 2 pm 
A fun night of camping with your family under the stars at this beautiful riverfront park. All of the riverfront parking spaces at Jaycee Park will be used as temporary "camp sites" just for this evening and that is where you will be able to set up your tent. There will be activities for the children to participate in and a community camp fire for s'mores after dark. Gather some friends or family and rent a few spaces together. Join in on the activities or just do your own thing and enjoy the park.  The Southwest Florida Astronomical Society will also be available with their telescopes for night sky observing. Bring your own camping supplies, food, and tent.  No drop offs - children must have a parent or guardian.  Call 239-549-4606 to register for this fun event. The deadline to register is 1/20/15.  Cape residents: $20 per tent site. Non-Cape
 residents $30 per tent site.
 
 
Carnival in the Sky
Seminole Casino Immokalee
Saturday, January 24 • 8 p.m.
Largest Land-Based Fireworks Show “Carnival In The Sky” Will Light Up The Skies At Seminole Casino Immokalee Saturday, January 24 Seminole Casino Immokalee invites guests of all ages to experience the largest land-based fireworks show in Florida light up the skies of paradise. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs for the one-hour show. The casino’s Lucky Gator food truck will provide food during the event. 8 p.m.: The Golden Gate High School and Golden Gate Middle School jazz bands will perform at 8 p.m., and the fireworks show will follow at 9 p.m.
  seminoleimmokaleecasino.com
 
Movie Night at the Pool
Earth To Echo
Yacht Club Pool
5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral 
Saturday, January 24 • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Lights, Camera, Action! Grab your sleeping bag and cozy blanket for a movie night at the Yacht Club Pool. Enjoy a night of laughter along with some delicious popcorn, candy and refreshments. Food & Refreshment will be available for purchase. Adults-$5 & Child-$3.
239-574-0806
 
Free SW Florida Twins Youth Clinics
The free clinics offer youth throughout Southwest Florida the opportunity to learn more about the games of baseball and softball. Twins instructors will use drills to teach the fundamentals of throwing, hitting and fielding at each clinic. All elementary and middle school aged boys and girls are welcome. who are accompanied by an adult.
 
Saturday, Jan. 24
Buckingham Little League
9800 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. to Noon
Paul Bode, 239-340-4301
 
Saturday, Jan. 24
Lehigh Little League
1400 West 5th Street, Lehigh Acres
1 to 3 p.m.
Tonya, 239-462-8167 
 
 
 
 
Sunday - 25
 
Gumbo Fest 
The Shell Factory and Nature Park, 
2787 North Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.                
Live entertainment, free admission, great Gumbo, family fun and more. www.shellfactory.com
 
Gulf Coast Symphony-Animal Tales
Messiah Lutheran Church, 
2691 NE Pine Island Road, Cape Coral
3 p.m. 
A Free family performance. 239-481-4849
 
 
 
Monday - 26
 
DIY Teen Crafts
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.
Adventure Time, Star Wars or Justice League characters cross-stitch! Patterns from weelittlestitches.  Registration is required.  239-479-4636
 
LEGO Building Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
5 p.m. 
Build and share LEGO creations. LEGOs provided. Registration is required.  239-479-4636
 
 
 
Tuesday - 27
 
Symphony Storytime
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
10 a.m. 
A tuneful twist on family storytime, offered in partnership with the Gulf Coast Symphony. Registration is required.  239-479-4636
 
When Life Gives You O.J. craft
South County Regional Library 
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
6:15 p.m. 
Teens will make a "practice dog” from an 
orange juice jug, just like in the book. For fifth grade students and older.  239-479-4636
 
Fantastically Fun Fractured Fairytales
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
6 p.m.
Fractured fairytale fun and crafts with special guests, Girl Scout Troop # 154. Registration is required.  239-479-4636
 
Family Night: Ice Dream Sundae
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Create your own delicious ice dream creation using 10 of our yummy toppings. Color a picture with the Chick-fil-a Cow.  239-433-9030 
 
 
Wednesday - 28
 
Teen Beading Project
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
5 p.m. 
Blue ice crystal and African-American bracelets. Registration is required.  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
 
 
 
Thursday - 29
 
Music Together
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. 
Musical exploration for young children presented by Family Music Time. For ages 0 to 5. Registration begins Jan. 8.  239-479-4636
 
All-County Dance Performance
North Ft. Myers High School Auditorium
5000 Orange Grove Boulevard, Fort Myers
7 p.m.
High, middle and elementary school top dance teams gather together from around Lee County Schools, to perform specially choreographed selections. 239-995-2117
 
National Puzzle Day
North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE, North Fort Myers
3:30 p.m. 
Jigsaw puzzle challenge for kindergarteners 
to fifth-graders. Registration is requested. 
239-479-4636
 
 
Friday - 30
 
Seussical the Musical
Lehigh Senior High School
901 Gunnery Rd N, Lehigh Acres
7 p.m.
$2.  239-693-5353
 
 
Charlotte County Fair 
Charlotte County Fair Grounds, 
2333 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte
Jan. 30 through Feb. 8
Fair rides, food, music, livestock and agricultural displays, Live Shark Encounter Show and contests! Take a walk through the corral of animals from horses to llamas and be sure to stop by the petting zoo too. A variety of livestock and agriculture shows will be happening daily.
941-629-4252
 
 
Saturday - 31
 
Musical Discovery Zone
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
Location: Amphitheater
In the Musical Discovery Zone, kids interact with musicians from the Gulf Coast Symphony and get to play a variety of instruments.  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
 
Kids Club - Valentine's Frame
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers 
10  - Noon 
You wood love it! Come by on Saturday, January 31, from 10 a.m. to noon for our Wooden Valentine’s Frame event ... and take home a completed project. Just $2 per 30-minute session - including supplies. 239-274-5509
 
Annual Six Bends Chili Cook Off
Six Bends, 
9501 Thunder Road, Fort Myers 
11 a.m. 
Anyone can enter, and guests will have a chance to taste it all and determine the winner! The spiciest chili entries will be on outside at The Pit, while the remainder will be set up within the Six Bends Harley-Davidson. The event will last until 2 p.m. and is appropriate for all ages. To register your chili in the cook off, contact Hospitality at 239-275-4647 by Jan. 30.
 
Free SW Florida Twins Youth Clinics
The free clinics offer youth throughout Southwest Florida the opportunity to learn more about the games of baseball and softball. Twins instructors will use drills to teach the fundamentals of throwing, hitting and fielding at each clinic. All elementary and middle school aged boys and girls are welcome. who are accompanied by an adult.
 
Saturday, Jan. 31
Rutenberg Park
6500 S. Pointe Blvd, Fort Myers 
10 a.m. to Noon  
Howard Gold, 239-851-2554
 
Saturday, Jan. 31
Hancock American Little League
2211 Hancock Bridge Pkwy, Cape Coral 
1 to 3 p.m.
Jason Hause, 239-265-3795 
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