July Family Friendly Events!!!

So much fun going on in July!!!

Summer Movie Express: Despicable Me 3 & Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
Regal Cinemas Bell Tower and Regal Gulf Coast & IMAX, Fort Myers
July 2 – 3 • 10 a.m.

Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Each week both movies play on both days.

4th of July Freedom Fest
Downtown Fort Myers
Thursday, July 4 • 6-10 p.m.

Festivities include, live entertainment (DJ Tom’s Tunes and Thunder Beach Band), food trucks and vendors, kids activities, rock wall, face painter, stilt walker and balloon artist will culminate with a spectacular fireworks show over the Caloosahatchee River. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com

Ft. Myers Beach Fireworks & Parade
Times Square, Fort Myers Beach
Thursday, July 4 • 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Festivities kick off with a 10 a.m. parade up Estero Boulevard. Then, 15 minutes after sunset, one of the region’s most spectacular fireworks shows shoots off from the Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier. Times Square will have patriotic activities from noon to 2 p.m. Activities include patriotic crafts, a watermelon eating contest and a dunk tank. That’s the main event, but restaurants and others step up the festivities with music and activity in the Times Square & beach. 239-454-7500

Red White and Boom
Cape Coral Parkway, Cape Coral
Thursday, July 4 • 4:15 – 10 p.m.

Entertainment Schedule:
6 p.m. – Neon Summer
8 p.m. – LoCash
9:30 p.m. – Fireworks Spectacular
Kids Patriot Park is open to all. The park will close at 9:15 p.m. as the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Ride tickets will be for sale at the event. The attractions in the park are: Mechanical Meltdown, Toxic Twist Obstacle Course, 27′ 2 Lane Slide, Basketball, 52′ Toxic Jump, 26 Ft. Rockwall. The Cape Coral Bridge and Cape Coral Parkway from Del Prado Blvd to the bridge, will be closing at 3 a.m. on July 4. www.capeboom.com

Summer Movie Express: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World & Lego Movie 2
Regal Cinemas Bell Tower and Regal Gulf Coast & IMAX, Fort Myers
July 9 – 10 • 10 a.m.

Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Each week both movies play on both days

Jurassic Quest – Out of Extinction
Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Rd., Fort Myers
July 12 – 14

HUGE, NEW 24 ft Carnotaurus & T-rex rides! Walking Dakotaraptors and NEW walking Dilophosaurus! fossil digs, paleontology, and fossil stations! -New toddler petting zoo! -New small child (current requirement 5 and under) dino scooters! Jurassic Quest has been the largest dinosaur event in North America since 2013 and is now even bigger! Our exhibit features: Now over 100 life-size dinosaurs! Including a life-size T-rex, Spinosaurus, Triceratops and Giginotosaurus! See the Pinochiorex, Drakorex, Quetzacotlus, Anzu wyllei, Ouranosaurus, Velociraptors, Stegasaurus, Utah Raptor, Therizinosaurus, Allosaurus, Albertosaurus, Edmontosaurus and many more moving, breathing and even walking dinosaurs! -Incredibly realistic baby dinoaurs exclusive to Jurassic Quest! Science stations, Cinema, dinosaur bounce houses, and bungee pulls! Crafts, face painting, green screen photo, and dinosaur Jeopardy and more! Friday, 3 – 8 p.m. Saturday. & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Purchasing tickets online before the event will guarantee access! Parking: $5. 239-543-8368 www.jurassicquest.com/fortmyers

MangoMania
German American Social Club
2101 SW Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
July 13-14

Two days of food, drink, and fun. Vendors from our locale and local musicians. Cooking contests, hat making contests, tasting table, arts and crafts, tropical plant sales and of course MANGOS. Gates open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. rain or shine. Starts at $6. 239-283-0888

Free Parks & Recreation FUN Day!
William Austen Youth Center, 315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral
July 13 • 9 a.m.-noon

This event will feature free activities for all age including games, inflatables, arts and crafts, a trackless train, live critters, prize giveaways and much more! Plus, get a chance to see the Parks & Recreation Fun-Mobile in action! In addition, community partners will be on hand to offer free services like child fingerprinting and tours of a fire truck, and to showcase other recreation opportunities in Cape Coral. 239-242-3950

Christmas in July
The Shell Factory & Nature Park
2787 N Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers
July 13 • 9 a.m.

Pancake Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. Santa will have gifts for the kids! Kids $3.99, Adults $7.99 (plus beverages) Reservations Only. RSVP by July 12th by noon to Sandy at 239-995-2141 x110

Summer Movie Express: Secret Life Of Pets & SmallFoot
Regal Cinemas Bell Tower andRegal Gulf Coast & IMAX, Fort Myers
July 16 – 17 • 10 a.m.

Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Each week both movies play on both days.

Cirque du Soleil: Corteo
Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero
July 17 – 21

Cirque Du Soleil returns to Hertz Arena with its most enchanting production yet, Corteo! Corteo, which means “cortege” in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. 239-948-7825.

Back to School Brick Bash
Creative World School
19671 Cypress View Dr, Fort Myers
Sat, July 20 • 9 a.m.

Bring your families and experience our out of the box crafts, art projects and structured & unstructured builds all using LEGO as a medium. Build and race your own LEGO cars down our 32ft track, experience a timed build with your friends an family or just relax in our LEGO sensory room targeted for those working towards developing healthy sensory growth. There will also be free-build stations, LEGO games and a DUPLO play area for children 2-5 years old. 239-415-7845

Summer Movie Express: Captain Underpants: The First Move & Lego Movie
Regal Cinemas Bell Tower and Regal Gulf Coast & IMAX, Fort Myers
July 23 – 24 • 10 a.m.

Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Each week both movies play on both days.

20th Annual Big Backpack Event
Fort Myers Skatium, 2250 Broadway, Fort Myers
Sun, July 28 • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Admission is free! Live entertainment: hip hop, salsa, Irish step dance and more. Facepainting, book mobile, giveaways, vendors, free haircuts and fingerprinting (given away on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last) The first 2,000 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. www.multicultural-centre.org

PAW Patrol Live!Race To The Rescue
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers
July 30 – 31

It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. 239-481-4849

Summer Movie Express: How To Train Your Dragon 2 & Sing
Regal Cinemas Bell Tower and Regal Gulf Coast & IMAX, Fort Myers
July 30 – 31 • 10 a.m.

Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Each week both movies play on both days.

— familynews

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