Fun Family Events in July

Tuesday - 1

Reading at the Refuge
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel
Every Tuesday and Saturday at 11 a.m.
Attendees of each 45-minute reading-and-crafts session will receive a free Nature Journal (one to each child) in which to record impressions of their refuge visit and future nature encounters. Meet in the Education Classroom. For more information on the refuge summer programs, call 239-472-1100 ext. 236.

Family Night: Patriotic Craft
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Make a Patriotic craft in recognition of Independence Day.. 239-433-9030 

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

Family Night
Chick-fil-A at Pine Island Road
790 NE Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
5 - 7 p.m.
Lets make some pasta jewelry! 239-242-8748

Kids Night
Chick-fil-A Estero,
21900 S Tamiami Trail
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Our Balloon Artist will be with us and the
kids will be making Cowboy Finger Puppets.
239-498-8700

 
Wednesday - 2

Sunset Celebration on the Pier
Cape Coral Yacht Club
5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral
5 - 8 p.m.    
Experience the beauty of Southwest Florida's amazing sunsets at the Cape Coral Yacht Club for the Sunset 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

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

Weird Science Wednesdays
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
2 p.m. Wednesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
The YS study room will be converted into a
science lab, where kids can watch as the staff
of the Northwest Regional Library demonstrate
the wonderful weirdness of simple science.
239-479-4636

Retro Game Day (teen)
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
Teens, come play favorite retro games. Bring in one to play or use one of the library’s. The Wii, PS3, PS2 and standard board games will be available. No registration is required but space is limited. 239-479-4636

Free Popcorn and soda
Edison Park 8 Cinemas
2235 Winkler Ave. Fort Myers
KIDS come on down and enjoy free popcorn & soda every Wednesday at Edison Park 8 Cinemas. 239-334-7661.

Family Beach Walk
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel
Every Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m.
The one-hour program convenes at Gulfside Park for of the refuge’s gulf-front Perry Tract. (City parking fees apply.)  239-472-1100 ext. 236

Passport to Imagination
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - noon
On today's imaginary road trip, we visit the Pima Air and Space Museum and craft aviation-inspired projects like Flying Fighter Plane and Origami Plane. For kids between 5 - 12 years old. 239-274-5509

 
Thursday - 3

Independence Day Celebration
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
6 p.m.
Children’s activities begin at 6 p.m. with face painting, balloon animals and more. Live music with The Mark Kobie Trio and Keep the Faith - Bon Jovi Tribute Show.  Fireworks display over the lake at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. 239-948-3766

The Little Mermaid
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
July 3 through Aug. 2
This is the classic story of a young mermaid who dreams of
living above the sea. She strikes a deal with a wicked sea witch
and exchanges her voice for the chance to live as a human.
239-278-4422

 
Friday - 4

Independence Day and Hot Dogs
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers
Come celebrate the 4th of July with us and enjoy fun holiday activities and a hot dog, free with admission. Don’t forget to wear your Red White and Blue!   239-275-3435

4th of July Freedom Fest
Downtown Fort Myers
Block Party from 5 - 11 p.m.
Free event for all ages! Keep your eye on the sky for a spectacular fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Face Painting, Bounce Houses and Children’s Art Contest!  Snow Cones, Ice Cream, Funnel Cakes, Kettle Corn and more! Take part in the free live music, food, and children’s activities throughout the River District. www.riverdistrictevents.com

Great American Picnic
Marina at Cape Harbour, Cape Coral
10:30 a.m.
At 11:30 a.m. pets and owners can line up between the towers for the Patriotic Pet Parade!  We are giving the pets a break this year and they don’t have to compete they can just show off their outfits as they parade along the promenade.  Each one will have their picture taken for the Cape Harbour website!  No registration needed. Immediately after the parade the “Best Patriotic Hat Contest” will begin center stage!  People of all ages can participate and show off their patriotic creations!  So put your thinking caps on, get out the red, white & blue bling and let’s show America your talent!  Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Our celebrity judges Lois Thome and John Woods are excited about the new contest and looking forward to choosing the winners! Patriotic Contests that will begin around 1:30 p.m.!!! Water Balloon Tossing Contest, For Kids Ages 5 - 16. Watermelon Eating Contest, For Kids Ages 5 - 16. Best Patriotic Cupcake Contest.  239-541-0800

4th of July Parade
Downtown Naples, 5th Ave South
10 a.m. - noon
239-213-7120

Naples 4th of July Fireworks
Downtown Naples, Naples Pier
9 p.m.
The presentation will feature a twenty minute display with special effects musically choreographed to patriotic selections that will be simulcast on radio station WAVV 101.1 FM.  Naples residents are
invited to bring chairs or blankets to viewing spots in town, as the fireworks can be seen all along the Naples beach.

Star-Spangled Bonita
Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs
9 a.m.
2014 Bonita Springs July 4th Parade “Celebrating Faith, Freedom, & the future” will begin at 9 a.m. Bonita Spring’s 54th annual parade moves along Old 41 Road starting at 9 a.m. The Party in the Park will begin at 4 p.m. and include a kids’ amusement area, the annual old-fashioned bed race, eating contests and live entertainment from The Sarah Hadeka Band and Railhead. The children’s amusement area includes, a giant water slide, bounce house, amusement rides, slip-n-slide, water tag, train rides, face painting, wrecking ball, high striker and more. Watermelon, hot dog and ice cream eating contests will also take place throughout the afternoon. The City of Bonita Springs will light up the night sky with a spectacular fireworks display and laser light show after dark.  www.cityofbonitasprings.org 239-949-6262

Fort Myers Beach 4th of July
Fort Myers Beach
Festivities kick off  at 10 a.m. with a parade up Estero
Blvd. Then, 15 minutes after sunset, one of the region’s most spectacular fireworks shows shoots off from the Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier. That’s the main event, but restaurants, lounges, and others step up the festivities with music and
activity in the Times Square area and the length of the beach. Pick a seat anywhere gulf-front for an eyeful of sparkly skies. www.fortmyersbeachchamber.org

4th Fest 2014
Laishley Park, Punta Gorda
11 a.m.
This year’s event features Water-Mania - a group of 12 giant waterslides - to be erected in Laishley Park. There are slides of all types and sizes for the littlest kids to grownups too. In addition to the Water-Mania Water Slides there will be a large Kid’s Fun Zone with plenty to keep the young ones excited. Live Music will fill the park all day on July 4th with bands performing on the stage throughout the day.  Live music starts at noon. The Boogiemen are a July 4th tradition in Punta Gorda and a show not to be missed!  As a bonus local recording artist Jack Michael will present a bonus one hour concert with his band Drive 31 immediately following the fireworks finale.  9 p.m. - Fireworks. $3 admission for fireworks at the gate (Kids under 12 - Free Gate Admission) All rides/food/beverage require tickets, except waterslides & bounce houses which accept tickets or an all day wristband. An all day wristband for waterslides and bounce houses is $10 per day. All proceeds go to support the Punta Gorda Fireworks.  941-637-5953

Red White and Boom
Cape Coral Parkway, Cape Coral
4 - 10 p.m.
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks
The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department is proud to bring you the largest single day event in the city. Join us for 2014 Red, White, and Boom. Over 30,000 people come to the heart of Cape Coral and see Southwest Florida's largest fireworks display. SkyZone - Patriot Kid - Free, Obstacle Course, Giant Slide, Velcro Wall, Bungie Jumper, Face Painting, Balloon Art. 239-573-3128. www.CapeBOOM.com

Independence Day Celebration
Various Sanibel Island locations
9:30 a.m.
Enjoy an old-fashioned hometown parade down Periwinkle Way starting at 9:30 a.m. Paraders treat the crowd to free gifts and candy. Community picnics with free food and beverage follow at Bailey’s and Jerry’s Shopping Centers. Then join islanders for the noontime Road Rally, a scavenger-type hunt through the island. At 4 p.m. at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, magnificent fireworks mark the coming of nightfall at the Sanibel Causeway. www.sanibel-captiva.org.  239-472-1080

 
Saturday - 5

Kids Club
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - noon
Summer Ice Cream Fun powered by Perler. Yum, yum, summer fun. Join us for our Kids Club Summer Fun Perler Event. Including supplies. 3 and Up. $2. 239-274-5509

Midnight Skate
Eagle Skate Park,
315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral
10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
239-573-0206

Home Depot Kids Workshop 
Build a Bug House
Home Depot, Various locations
9 a.m.  -  noon
Come learn how to build bug house and discover the outdoors. 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. www.homeimproverclub.com/kidsworkshops

ReptiDay
Crowne Plaza Fort Myers At Bell Tower Shops
13051 Bell Tower Dr., Fort Myers
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Join us in Ft. Myers as the Repticon team brings you ReptiDay, the one-day reptile show and sale! See live animals from around the world, purchase pets and pet products direct from the experts at amazing prices you won't find anywhere else, and learn more about reptiles and exotic animals at live seminars and demonstrations. ReptiDay is one reptile day that you can't afford to miss!  www.reptiday.com

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!  So grab the whole Family and come
 join all the excitement! All equipment provided. 239-461-7800

Greenmarket
Alliance For the Arts,
10091 McGregor Blvd, 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.   239-939-2787

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

Babysitting Course
Four Freedoms Park,
4818 Tarpon Court, Cape Coral
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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 care via classroom training and hands-on procedures. Participants must bring lunch. 9 years to under 16 years 239-574-0804
 
Monday - 7

Chess Anyone? (teen)
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
4 p.m. Mondays, July 7, 14, 21, 28
Rise to the chess challenge and join the fun. Chess enthusiasts of all ages are welcome! Bring your own chess set or use one of ours. 239-479-4636

Fort Myers Library Teen Chess Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
5 p.m.
Do you enjoy chess? Come to the Teen area to hang out with new friends and play a game of chess. Open to kids of all ages to play. No registration is needed. Space is limited. 239-479-4636

On the Table: Shoe Polish Batik
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
July 7 - 22
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. These pictures are captivating. Supplies provided. 239-479-4636

 
Tuesday - 8

Family Night: Fun with the Dentist
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Jeff Schafer from Pediatric Dentistry will  be here to entertain you with his puppets, coloring sheets and info on dental care. 239-433-9030

Kids Night
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 foam Pirate Sword Craft. 239-498-8700

 
Wednesday - 9

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 the Playland. 239-948-3766

Passport to Imagination
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - noon
On today's imaginary road trip, we visit The Perot Museum and craft science-inspired projects like Zeotrope and Optical Illusion Art. For kids between 5 - 12. 239-274-5509

Preschool Storytime
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30
Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) attend this storytime independently while parents or caregivers wait nearby in the library building.  Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 
Thursday - 10

Family Storytime
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
10 a.m. Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24
This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Family Storytime
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
10 a.m. Thursdays, July 10, 17
Fizz! Boom! Read! During the summer, this special storytime includes a craft. 239-479-4636
 
 
Friday - 11

Dog Daze
Hammond Stadium
14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers
7:05 p.m.
Bring your pup to the park! Man's best friend is welcome at Hammond Stadium for a barking good time! Miracle vs Dunedin.  239-768-4210

Cow Appreciation Day
Estero Chick-fil-A, 21900 S Tamiami Trail
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake, 13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
Friday, July 11 • All Day   
Dress like our Chick-fil-A Cow and win free chicken.
239-498-8700

Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day
Chick-fil-A Estero
21900 S. Tamiami Trail
Dress up like our cow and receive free
chicken. See more details at the restaurant.
239-498-8700

Cow Appreciation Day
Chick-fil-A at Pine Island Road
790 NE Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
Come dressed in your best cow attire and receive FREE Menu Items.  Dress from head to hoof and receive a FREE MEAL.  One cow item will receive a Free Item from our menu.  Join us for a day of fun with the cow!  We'll have a balloon artist, a Real Cow to get your picture with and the Real Chick fil A Cow!!!! Don't Miss the Fun. 239-242-8748

 
Saturday - 12

Beer, Baseball and Boom!
Hammond Stadium
14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers
6:05 p.m.
Craft Beer Fest is back! Sponsored by Killebrew Root Beer and Gator Country, get to the ballpark early to sample the finest craft beers. After the game, enjoy a spectacular fireworks show!  Miracle vs Dunedin. 239-768-4210


Saddlewood Horse Interaction Day
Saddlewood Horse Club
16111 Saddlewood Lane, Cape Coral
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Come out to a fun-filled day this month for our Horse Interaction Day.. Children 2 - 15 will be able to pet, groom, and feed horses, enjoy pony/horse riding in the covered riding arena, hop in the bounce house, munch lunch, and have a blast with the live horse painting! $20/child, lunch and all activities included.  Pre-register by phone to reserve your spot. Pre-pay by credit card or cash at gate. 239-738-9300

Family Fun Night
Sun Splash Family Waterpark, Cape Coral
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Sun Splash Family Waterpark will open its doors after hours for families to partake in an evening full of slides, pools, music, and fun at the discounted admission prices. The special event will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and will feature music, food specials and prize drawings. Park visitors can also experience over 14 acres of slides, tubes, and attractions, including Sun Splash’s three thrilling speed slides, Main Stream River, and a Tot Spot for the little ones. Visit www.SunSplashWaterpark.com.  239-574-0558

Special Needs Storytime
Lakes Regional Library,
15290 Bass Rd, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
This storytime emphasizes books, music, and sensory experiences designed for children with special needs. 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

Simon Kidgits Club Dino Days
Coconut Point,
23106 Fashion Dr., Estero
2 – 4 p.m. near Hollywood Theater
Event brings dinosaurs to life with fun, interactive activities! Are you ready to dig down and have some fun?  Little archaeologists are invited to time travel back to the Prehistoric Era with us at Simon Kidgits Club Dino Days! Join us for a great adventure where kids will discover great games and great fun to be had with some of the most ferocious creatures to walk on the Earth. Activities will include digging for dinosaur bones, crafts and games. The event is free to Simon Kidgits Club members.  Kids can join the club and join the fun for a $5 annual membership fee. 239-992-9966

Kids Club
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - noon
Summer Souvenir Chest. Create a special place for all of your summer keepsakes. Join us on July 12 for our Summer Souvenir Treasure Box Event. Includes Supplies. 3 and Up. $2. 239-274-5509

Lowe’s Kid Clinic - Turbo with pullback motor
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

More Mud - More Destruction
Lee Civic Center
11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers
Gates open at 10 a.m. for all day events
Truck, Buggy, and Airboat Show presented by the Airboat and Buggy Conservation Club of Southwest Florida. Tuff Truck Competition, Mud Races, Back to Back Truck. Adult $13 - Youth 3-12 $7 www.thunderslamseries.com
 
 
Tuesday - 15

Family Night: Paper Bag Puppet
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
 Create a fun and entertaining puppet using a paper bag and other craft items. 239-433-9030

Family Night
Chick-fil-A at Pine Island Road
790 NE Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
5 - 7 p.m.
Lets make some pasta jewelry! 239-242-8748

STEM Program: Space Racers!
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
All children ages 3-8 years are invited to attend a program in the planetarium theater to watch a video segment of ‘Space Racers,’ receive instruction about the concept shown, and do a hands-on activity.   ‘Space Racers’ is a new animated TV series for young children produced by Maryland Public Television that we’re partnering with locally.  WGCU airs ‘Space Racers’ every Sunday morning at 9:30 am.  Members are free for this program, non-members $5 per child.  Pre-payment and registration required. RSVP: 239-275-3435 www.calusanature.org

Calling Dr. Who Fans (teen)
Captiva Memorial Library,
11560 Chapin Lane.
3 p.m. 
The Captiva Memorial Board is sponsoring an
art workshop with DiVitto Kelly. Come make a Dalek or a space rocket. Registration is required. 239-479-4636


Kids Night
Chick-fil-A Estero,
21900 S Tamiami Trail
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
The kids will be making a 3D Submarine craft. 239-498-8700

 
Wednesday - 16

Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., 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

Moms Appreciation Day
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. to noon
Moms, enjoy a coupon for a free drink and
treat from le macaron french pastries while your kids enjoy a FREE craft in MundoFox Playland! 239-948-3766

Passport to Imagination
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - noon
On today's imaginary road trip, we visit the Denver Art Museum and craft art-inspired projects like Modern Art with Foam and Impressionism Pastel Lily Pad. For kids between 5 - 12 years old. $2. 239-274-5509

 
Thursday - 17

Pop: Bubbles and Balloons Storytime
North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE, North Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. 
All ages are invited to enjoy stories and activities about bubbles & balloons. Registration is requested. 239-479-4636

 
Saturday - 19

Kids Club
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - noon
Mount a fun toy bug on a miniature plaque that you decorate yourself. Join us for our Fun Bug Display Mount Event - powered by Toobs®. Includes supplies. 3 and Up. $2. 239-274-5509

Wild Weeds Herb Walk
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Join us on the trails to learn about the wonderful edible plants that Florida has to offer! 239-275-3435

Crafters for CrittersTM Workshop -
Summer Crafts
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Come on out and learn about new nature crafts.  Guest instructors will demonstrate a variety of crafts for all ages and abilities.  239-275-3435

Ice Cream Social
William “Bill” Austen Youth Center,
315 NW 3rd Ave, Cape Coral
6 - 9 p.m.
Build your own ice cream sundae while dance to the newest music. 239-242-3950
 
Mangomania Tropical Fruit Fair
German-American Social Club
2101 Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral
July 19 - 20
Mango Mania is a summer festival and celebration of Pine Island's Mangos  and other tropical fruits. It is a festive, informal and incredibly fun family event. Activities, Games Contests and more! Mr. Mango Head, Precision Mango Toss ( children and Adults ), Mango Pie Eating, Mango Hat Parade,  Mango Hat Judging, Bounce houses, Generation Gap Relay, World's Largest Mango Contest, Mango Juggling, World's Longest Mango Throw, Climbing towers, face painting and more! Win Fabulous Prizes! 239-283-0888 www.floridascreativecoast.com

 
Sunday - 20

National Ice Cream Day
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium,
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
In 1984, President Ronald Regan designated July as National Ice Cream Month. He also declared that the third Sunday in July would be National Ice Cream Day. Calusa is a cool place on a hot day! Enjoy a free cup of ice cream with paid admission. 239-275-3435

 
Monday - 21

Baby-Parent Rhyme Time
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
10 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

 
Tuesday - 22

Family Night: Duct-tape craft
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Decorate and personalize your very own
water bottle with duck-tape and other craft items. 239-433-9030

Kids Night
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 Flyer Jet craft. 239-498-8700

 
Wednesday - 23

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

Big Splash
Hammond Stadium
14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers
Hammond Stadium converts to a wet and wild waterpark beginning at 9 a.m. First pitch is at 11:35 a.m. Miracle vs Brevard County.  Teachers and camp counselors interested in bringing out a group, call 239-768-4210.

Passport to Imagination
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - noon
On today's imaginary road trip, we visit the Fashion Institute of Technology and craft fashion-inspired projects like Fashion Doll and Fashion Inspiration Board. For kids between 5 - 12 years old. $2. 239-274-5509

 
Friday - 25

Aqua Theatre Night at Sun Splash
Sun Splash Family Waterpark, Cape Coral
6 - 10 p.m.
Sun Splash will host its final “Aqua Theatre Night” of the season featuring the movie “Cloud 9” on a giant inflatable movie screen at dusk. “Aqua Theatre Nights” showcase special evening hours, family friendly movies and discounted event prices of $8 for Cape Coral residents, $10 for non-residents, and $5 for same day park guests (excluding sales tax and parking fees). Sun Splash season pass holders are admitted for free. For more information on Sun Splash including admission rates, summer camp opportunities, learn to swim lessons, birthday party packages and more, 239-574-0558  www.SunSplashWaterpark.com.

Pirate Fest!
Fishermen’s Village
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
July 25 - 27
Friday - Noon - 6 p.m.,
Saturday - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday - 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fun for the entire Family! Pirates Parade,
Pirate Flotilla Invasion.  Pirate theatrical antics, Children’s costume contest, and a Treasure Hunt throughout the Village. There will be lots of live music and pirate themed vendors.
 941-575-3067

Christmas in July
Sun Splash Family Waterpark, Cape Coral
July 25 - 31
Celebrate summer with Santa Claus! Holiday decorations & music, and specialty food items. Plus, register to win great prizes! 239-574-0558

Beauty and the Beast
(Summer Camp Production)
Florida Repertory Theatre,
2267 1st St., Fort Myers
“Be our guest” and step into the enchanted world of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman, who yearns for something more than her provincial life.  239-332-4488

 
Saturday - 26

Lowe’s Kid Clinic - TurboTaco Truck
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

Kids Club
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - noon
Let your creativity bloom. Learn to paint a textured flower on canvas. Join us from 10 am to noon for our Summer Wildflower Painting Event. Just $2 per 30-minute session. Includes supplies. 3 and Up. 239-274-5509

Fun in the Summer Sun Weekend
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium,
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers
July 26 & 27•11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Beat the heat at Calusa Nature Center with some old fashion fun backyard games.  If you’re feeling really adventurous, we will have a scavenger hunt in the woods!  Lemonade and iced tea will be provided to quench your thirst. No RSVP needed, just come and enjoy the festivities. 239-275-3435

Kids Day
Miromar Outlets, Estero
10 a.m. to noon
Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in fun activities. Kids will receive a free slice of pizza from Luna Pizza and a coupon for a free 3-ounce FroYo from Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, while supplies last. 239-948-3766

Backpack Giveaway
Miromar Outlets, Estero
Tickets distributed at 11 a.m.
Backpack Giveaway at 1 p.m.
Location: between Neiman Marcus Last Call and Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store Receive a ticket for a FREE Backpack, while supplies last. 10 lucky winners will receive $25 gift cards to one of Miromar Outlets’ stores, randomly placed in 10 of the backpacks. 239-948-3766

 
Sunday - 27

Big Backpack Event
Harborside Event Center, Fort Myers
Sunday, July 27 • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Lee County Families are Invited to join us to celebrate back-to-school and multiculturalism! Admission is free! Enjoy live multicultural youth entertainment on the main stage that includes hip hop, salsa, Irish step dance and more. Kids will enjoy inflatable bounce houses and slides, face painting, book mobile, giveaways, Kona Ice, vendors, and more. Kids will receive free haircuts, eye exams, and fingerprinting (given away on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last) The first 2,500 or more children age 5-12 will receive free backpacks and school supplies or while supplies last. Children must be present with parents or guardians to receive the free supplies.

 
Monday - 28

Baby and Me!
Lakes Regional Library,
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
This special interactive program is a play-date designed just for babies and their caregivers. Come discover lots of fun new literacy activities, rhymes and even a craft that you and your baby can continue to enjoy at home! For ages 0-23 months. Registration begins July 7. 239-479-4636

 
Tuesday - 29

Family Night: Ice dream Sundae/
Coloring with the Cow
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Create a yummy sundae using 10 delicious toppings. Color a picture with the cow. 239-433-9030

Kids Night
Chick-fil-A Estero,
21900 S Tamiami Trail
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The kids will be making a Native American Totem Pole Craft. 239-498-8700

Family Night
Chick-fil-A at Pine Island Road
790 NE Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
5 - 7 p.m.
In celebration of pasta craft month, we will make some Pasta Pets! 239-242-8748

International Tiger Day
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens    
1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Celebrate the planets largest cats with special presentations and activities! 239-262-5409
 
 
Wednesday - 30

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 - 31

KOHL'S Backpack Giveaway
Hammond Stadium
14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers
7:05 p.m.
The first 500 fans age 12 and under receive a backpack filed with supplies and other great deals to get ready for school. The backpack giveaway is sponsored by KOHL'S. Miracle vs Clearwater. 239-768-4210

Music Together
Lakes Regional Library,
15290 Bass Rd, 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 July 10. 239-479-4636

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