Monday, May 31, 2010
Saturday, June 5
Orange Dome, Winter Haven
210 Cypress Gardens Blvd.
9 am until 3 pm
The hurricane expo is an educational event that will enable the entire family to educate and prepare themselves for exposure to potential hazards. The event will include: guest speakers, safety demonstrations, a Kids in Disaster Korner, emergency vehicle displays and much more!!
The boys thought it was great because we saw so many new things that you don't see everyday in your ordinary grocery store.
In the produce section, we found so many new and different fruits and vegetables including a Jackfruit which my son Jack thought was cool. On top of finding fresh vegetables, there was many kinds of pickled vegetables to try.
The meat section was cool and gross at the same time. We saw pig's feet (including the leg and hoof), pig's intestines, stomach and uterus!! EWWW!! But the boys thought it was cool. We also saw packages of chicken's feet; claw and all; not sure what you do with those.
The seafood market was fun because they had tanks of live fish, shrimp, eel and more and the customers were picking things out and having them cut up right there in front of them.
I think it is fun to get out and check out new and different cultures and foods and we are blessed that our boys are usually adventurous eaters. So get out there in your own community and explore!!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
One activity any child can enjoy:
Take spot on vacation or just around the town, then post photos from your adventure on the interactive map at www.funwithspot.com/us/.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Avenue
The Sam Griner Pool will open for summer swimming June 10th and be open every day, 10 am until 6 pm.
The daily cost is $3 for residents and $4 for non-residents.
Seasonal passes also available for up to 6 people; $80 for residents and $90 for non-residents.
For more information about programs at the Sam Griner Pool, call 863-534-0120.
Packets are available now at the Bartow library.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
- Go to www.kidsbowlfree.com/amf to register each child
- Receive the Free bowling passes every week by email.
- Come and Enjoy Bowling all Summer
Family pass option available.
For a limited time families that register at least one child in the "Kids Bowl Free" Program qualify to purchase a family pass good for up to four family members to qualify for 2 games each per day all summer also!
FREE Community Speaking Engagement
Parenting Expert John Rosemond
June 5, 2010
RSVP to www.heartlandforchildren.org
Highland Park Church of the Nazarene
Saturday, June 5th 2010
9:30-10:30 am Check in
10:30 am until noon Parenting the Strong Willed Child
Noon until 1 pm Lunch and book signing
1-2:30 pm Parenting the Strong Willed Teen
Event is FREE. Lunch is optional and available for $10.
Pre-registration at www.heartlandforchilren.org is required.
Strengthening and Supporting Families Community Speakers Series
Monday, May 24, 2010
June 5 and 6, 2010
Kids 10 and under FREE
Over 10 Tickets just $15!
Saturday @ 7:30 pm
Sunday @ 2:00 pm
Silver Spurs Arena
1875 Silver Spur Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744
Kids show your report card with at least 2 As and receive a free popcorn and free small drink.
Limit one per student.
The Knack FREE Family Event- American Girl Craft™ Flower Card
5/29/2010 10:00 AM - 1:00 PMMake a beautiful vase of flowers card for someone special at this free event. While supplies last.
Come build a racecar!!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
- Friday, June 4th is First Friday; The theme is Bicycle Night.
- Friday, July 2nd is First Friday; The theme is Sundown Celebration.
- Saturday, July 3rd is Red, White and Kaboom!!
Event details and more...
Free Fish Fry from 7-10 pm and entertainment that night.
May Day Festival from 10 am until 7 pm
All events FREE.
Location: 1601 Third street S.W., Winter Haven
Friday, May 21, 2010
Cool Off With Ice Cream
Get a free ice cream sundae at a Walmart near you.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
11:00AM - 4:00PM
Come have a free ice cream sundae* with Breyers new and exclusive flavors, and Blue Bunny Premium Ice Cream and new All Natural Frozen Yogurt topped with Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, Reddi-wip, and Fresh Strawberries.
*While supplies last.
For more information, call (863) 519-0508.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Here’s a list of the FREE Rewards for kids who bring home good report cards this year.
Chuck E. Cheese – Chuck E. Cheese believes in the value of a good education. Have your child bring in their most recent report card and they will receive FREE tokens for good grades.
Krispy Kreme - Get a free donut for each A (up to 6 A’s).
Pizza Hut – Each marking period, any child who has 3 A’s or the equivalent thereof, will receive one Personal Pan Pizza and a small soft drink or carton of milk by presenting his or her report card to the manager. This offer is good for Elementary and Middle School students. Dine-in only. Student must be present and the original report card must be presented. Available at participating locations.
Sbarro Pizza – Sbarro restaurants across the United States are giving elementary schoolers a delicious reason to get good grades… any student with A’s and B’s on his or her report card automatically becomes one of our PizzAchievers! Sbarro will then provide every PizzAchiever and an accompanying adult with a free slice of cheese or peperoni pizza and a small soda!
McDonalds – If your child has a straight “A” report card, he/she can receive a FREE Happy Meal. This may vary by location so call ahead first!
Topps – Getting good grades in school is always a priority. Now there’s an extra reward for studying hard. The Topps of the Class program has been created to give you a great trading card gift when you put your mind to work. Every time you bring in a report card to this store, the manager will award you with a gift. Work hard in school, receive cards. It’s that simple.
Limited Too – Report cards may be taken in to any Limited Too retail store within 30 days of issuance and receive $5 off their purchase that day. This may vary by store so call ahead.
I suggest calling ahead to be sure that your area business is participating.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Enter for a chance to win a trip to Pixar studios to have lunch with your favorite Toy Story 3 characters.
3-2-1 Lunchtime! sweepstakes
You could win a trip to the Pixar Animation Studios to have lunch with your with your favorite Toy Story 3 characters.
Enter a 10 digit UPC code from participating Sara Lee Soft and Smooth Bakery Products.
- Sectioned plate
- Breakfast set
- Light up lunchbox
For ordering instructions, visit: Sara Lee - Toy Story 3
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Florida Library Youth Program
June 12- July 24th
Join us for summer fun at the
Winter Haven Public Library
325 Ave. A NW
Downtown Winter Haven
Make a Splash
Saturday, June 12 (10 a.m. to noon) Florida Youth Library Program Kick-Off
Wow! the Wonder of Water
Monday, June 14 (10 a.m.) “Wow! the Wonder of Water” (K-5th)
Tuesday, June 15 (10 a.m.) “Water Conservation” (K-5th)
Rachelle Selser, Lakes Program Coordinator Wednesday, June 16 (2 p.m.) “Seascapes Crafts” (K-5th)
Thursday, June 17 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.) “John Storms and the World of Reptiles”
Friday, June 18 (2 p.m.) Movie Day “The Water Horse” (PG)
Monday, June 21 (2 p.m.) “Giving Tree Music” (all ages)
Tuesday, June 22 (10 a.m.) “Freshwater & Wetlands” (K-5th)
Rachelle Selser & Erin Tilghman
Wednesday, June 23 (10 a.m.) “Squish-Squash” (Pre-K)
Thursday, June 24 (2 p.m. ) “Seascape Crafts” (Pre-K)
Saturday, June 26 (2 p.m.) Movie Day “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (PG)
Monday, June 28 (10 a.m.) “Splish, Splash!” (K-5th)
Winter Haven Teen Drama Club
Tuesday, June 29 (2 p.m.) “Jiggleman: A Jumping, Joking, Juggling Show” Wednesday, June 30 (10 a.m.) “Fun with Ronald McDonald”
Thursday, July 1 (2 p.m.) “Beach Sand Crafts” (K-5th)
Rock the Boat Teen Week
Monday, July 5 Independence Day Holiday—Library Closed
Tuesday, July 6 (10 a.m.) “Set Sail” Kayaking Cleaning-up* (ages 12-17 only) Rachelle Selser, Lakes Program Coordinator
Wednesday, July 7 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) Teen Reward Pizza & Movie (invitation only)
Thursday, July 8 (2 p.m.) “Candy Sushi” Teen Craft (ages 12-17)
An Ocean of Fun
Monday, July 12 (10 a.m.) “Bonnie Charyn’s Puppet Palace”
Monday, July 12 (2 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.) “Mad Science Neutron Nick “
Tuesday, July 13 (10 a.m.) “An Ocean of Fun” (Pre-K)
Thursday, July 15 (2 p.m.) “Ahoy! Mate” Pirate Crafts (Pre-K)
High Seas Adventures
Monday, July 19 (10 a.m.) “High Seas Adventures” (K-5)
Tuesday, July 20 (10 a.m.) “Arrr!” Pirate Stories (Pre-K)
Wednesday, July 21 (2 p.m.) Movie Day “The Little Mermaid” (PG)
Thursday, July 22 (2 p.m.) Game Day
Friday, July 23 Check-Out-A-Book Day
Additional Activities Include: Summer Craft Contest Summer Search (Library research for the family) Excellence in Reading Program (year-round reading program) Book Logs will be available for ages 2-17
As you develop your plans, please keep in mind the following:
Some programs may be subject to change.
Programs will last approximately one hour, unless otherwise noted.
Due to limited space, groups are encouraged to bring a maximum of 25 people.
Please be mindful of age-appropriate programs.
Caregivers, please do not leave young children unattended during programs.
If you have questions, or if you are interested in arranging a Library program for your group this summer, call 863 291-5880, or see Youth Services’ staff.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Just read 10 books and fill out the form and mail in for a free T shirt and other prizes.
(Last year we got a cool shirt, pencil, stickers and a bookmark, with a cool completion certificate.)
10 am until 3 pm
- Free Car Wash
- Bouncy Fun House
- Kowboy Ken's Barnyard Extravaganza Petting Zoo and Pony Rides
- Free Food and Drinks
All proceeds to benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Lakeland and Mulberry.
Location: Bartow Buick
255 West Van Fleet Drive
Bartow, FL 33830
Friday, May 14, 2010
The Polk County Public Schools Foodservice Department will provide free meals to eligible children this summer at approximately 100 sites across the county.
For more info. please call 863-534-0588.
Please pass the word if you know of a family who could use this program.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Kids read any 8 books and earn a free book.
Download form below.
Read any 10 books get one free.
For kids 12 and under.
Download form here.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Fridays at 10 am
Call 863-834-4268 for details
Groups welcome-No reservations needed
The following programs will be held in the Lake Mirror Center on Lake Avenue
- June 18: John Storms and His "World of Reptiles"
- June 25: Mad Science "Fire and Ice"
- July 2: The Grimy Brothers "Interactive Improv"
- July 9: Giving Tree Music "500 Musical Instruments"
- July 16: The "Really Big Show" by Miss Angel and Miss Connie
- July 23: Katie Adams: "Pirates! and other Seafaring Tales"
- July 30: This last program will be in our library meeting room; Children's Educational Theater: "Whales, Tails & Fairytales"
In the meeting room children can enjoy a 60-90 minutes feature film. Film Titles are available by calling the Youth Services Room at 863.834.4268.
The summer movie dates are:
Mondays @ 10 in the Meeting Room
June 14, 21, 28
July 12, 19,
August 9, 16
Summer Movie Saturdays
Saturdays @ 1:30 in the Meeting Room
Ask the Children's staff for Movie Titles. All programs are FREE.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Bartow Public Library
2150 S. Broadway Ave.
Bartow, FL 33830
All shows begin at 2 pm. Shows featuring a guest speaker last one hour. Films run between 1 ½ to 2 hours.
June 16 – John Storms and his World of Reptiles *
June 23 – Family Film: Shark Tale
June 30 – Katie Adams' Make Believe Theater Presents: “Stories from the Sea”
July 7 – Family Film: Surf's Up
July 14 – Grimy Brothers Comedy Improv
July 21 – Ronald McDonald Magic Show
July 28 – Florida Bat Conservancy Presents: “Our Florida Bats” *
* indicates the program features live animals
Sunday, May 9, 2010
May 15th, 8 am until 8 pm
May 16th, 10 am until 6 pm
5202 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City
Free Kid's Zone
- U-pick blueberries ($3 per pound)
- Kid's zone
- Face painting
- Arts and crafts
- Food including blueberry shortcake
- Live Music
Thursday, May 6, 2010
2010 Sumer Camps: Click here for the 2010 Summer Camp schedule and registration form. Print out and return the completed form with your check to the church office. Call Kenny Ellis, 686-7187, if you have any questions.
• Golf Camp (2) for all children who have completed grades 1st through 8th.
August 2-5; 9am until noon, 1st-8th grade, $55
• Kids Klub Camp for all children who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade.
July-12-16; 9am until noon, Kindergarten through 5th grade, Putt-putt golf, Roller skating, Bowling, and movies. $55
• Five-Days-of-Sports Camp for all children who have completed Kindergarten through 2nd grade. July 26-30, 9 am until noon, $55
• Fine Arts Camp for all children entering grades 3rd through 8th. July 18-23, 8:30 am until 5pm; Drama, Dance, Music and Art with a Production at the end of the week. $100
• Fit Kids Camp for all children who have completed Kindergarten through 6th grade. August 2-6, 9 am until noon, Games, Activities, Nutrition and Fitness. $55
Call 686-7187 for information about any of our camps.
175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
High Seas Expedition Vacation Bible School!
9am until noon
ages 4 through 5th grade
Oceans of fun with songs, games and crafts, movies and Bible stories.
Registration forms available online and in the Church office.
- First United Methodist Church:www.firstumc.org (863) 686-316372 Lake Morton Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801-5345
JUNE 21 - 25
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: GALATIC BLAST!
Plans are already in full force for our VBS Galatic Blast!!
We are ready to blast off into our Cosmic Adventure Praising God!
VBS is for all children who are 3 and potty trained through
children who are currently in fifth grade.
VBS registration for children will be April 4th - June 13th.
The registration fee this year is $20 per child, with $50 max per family.
The registration fee includes a t-shirt, VBS music and game CD-ROM,
frisbee and all snacks and supplies. Scholarships are available.
Please contact Theresa for more information.
- ST PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH 4450 Harden Blvd
Lakeland, Florida 33813-1433
Phone: 863-644-7710Take a journey back to ancient Egypt..without leaving the neighborhood! Experience Joseph’s incredible faith journey from prison to palace—with Joseph himself! Sign up today for this adventure of a lifetime! We look forward to seeing you this year at St. Paul's VBS! Don't forget to invite a friend to join you on this adventure.
Dates: June 14, 2010 - June 18, 2010
Location: 4450 Harden Blvd, Lakeland
Registration Deadline: June 11, 2010; FREE
Roundin’ Up Questions, Drivin’ Home AnswersSunday, June 27, 2010 at 6:00pm
End Time:Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 8:30pm Location:Scott Lake Baptist Church Street:5811 Scott Lake Rd City/Town:Lakeland, FL
Saddle up for VBS 2010 where kids will be ridin’ the range and roundin’ up questions like: “What is God’s plan for me?” and “How can I be like Jesus?” At the end of the day, they’ll discover that God’s Word has all the answers.
Starting Sunday Night June 27 - July 1.
Each night 6:00 - 8:30
VBS is for children 4 years of age (as of January 1, 2010) to 5th grade.
Each night will consist of an opening celebration, crafts, music, missions, recreation games, and Bible study. One of the greatest nights will be Thursday night. Thursday night is the closing celebration where we will give away some prizes, food and drinks, horse rides, face painting, jump house, and laser tag. This will be a fun time to close out V.B.S. for the whole family.
For preregistration follow the link to the CrossTown Children's page and follow the link under VBS to register. This will help will traffic flow and time during the opening night.
trinitychristianacademy.com4416 East County Road 540a
Lakeland, FL 33813-3978
VBS June 13th -18th 6:30-8 pm; Pre-K through 5th grade
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Located in the Old 1908 Polk County Courthouse
100 E. Main St., Bartow, FL 33830
Admission to the museum is free to the public.
Special Event May 8, 2010, 6-8 pm
Classic Games Night
Here is a good opportunity to create new family memories and reminisce over a few of the great classic games. Traditional board and card games include Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Sorry, Uno, Yahtzee and more.
Monday, May 3, 2010
May 7, 2010 6-9 pm
"Above, Below and All Around You"
- Public works will showcase information about each division
- Register for prize drawings from the various divisions
- Learn about our education programs and see a variety of equipment in use
- Participate in children's activities, give-a-ways and games
- Check out area shops and restaurants which will remain open late
- Enjoy music and entertainment that will be featured along the streets
Sunday, May 2, 2010
- May8 Build a Trellis Planter
- May 22 Build a Catapult
- June 12 Build a Swivel Picture Frame
- June 26 Build a Monster Truck