Calendar

January

Wed – 9
Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. – noon

Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in fun activities in WINK Playland. 239-948-3766

Tween Depot Study Hall
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
4 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30

If you need a quiet place to study, access to resources and are in grades 5-8, we’re the place for you. Come one, come all and come to prepared to work. 239-479-4636

Special Needs Sensory Storytime
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m.

This storytime emphasizes books, music and sensory experiences designed for children with special needs. The library’s welcoming environment will create a positive experience for children ages 2-5. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver who will be an active
participant in the program. 239-479-4636

Teen Anime Drawing Fan Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., 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 will be provided. 239-479-4636

Thu – 10
Homeschool Exploration: Space
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m.

Join us for a trip into space where you can learn a little history and be challenged with hands-on activities, games and experiments. For children age five and up. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Beginning Butterflies
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
10 a.m.

Join a Park Naturalist for a talk on the butterflies of Lovers Key State Park. Topics will touch on differences between moths and butterflies, butterfly development, plants that support butterflies, netting techniques, tagging and more. Bring your camera to capture a picture of these beautiful creatures. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588. Regular Entrance Fees Apply

Captiva Crab Races
‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort
15951 Captiva Dr, Captiva
6 p.m.

Shows will be family-friendly! Price per crab is $5 for both shows. Crab Race Commissioner Tim begins calling tables at 5:15 so get here early to grab your crab…and then it’s off to the races! 239-472-5161

The Great Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium
City Marketplace,
349 W. Dearborn St., Englewood
January 10 – 13 & Jan 16 – 20
7 – 8:30 p.m.

Step right up! and into an outrageous fantasy where wacky characters from the past invite you into their topsy-turvy world where your imagination is the only limit to lively family fun! This captivating 90-minute extravaganza under a hypnotical Big-Top will immerse you into an unparalleled exhibition of classic vintage entertainment filled with live acrobats and comedy. Be sure to attend one hour prior to show time to relish in the delicious dining, perplexing potions, bitter brews, and mischievous medicines served in Dr. Elixir’s Drink-Ory Garden. Come one, come all for the exceptional entertainment experience impressive for all ages. Visit mrswindles.com for advance tickets and more information. Price: $25 – $45. 888-718-4253

Elephant & Piggie Party
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10:30 a.m.

You are invited to an Elephant and Piggie party. Celebrate with fun games, silly activities and awesome crafts. Elephant & Piggie themselves will even stop by to say hello. 239-479-4636

Fri – 11
Elementary Homeschool
Connection
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
11 a.m.

Homeschoolers, ages 5 – 10, and their caregivers will engage in science experiments, technology, crafting and making of all types. This is also an opportunity to learn about research tools that the library has to offer for home educators and their children. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Sat – 12
Science Saturday
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in WINK Playland

Kids learn by doing interactive science projects. 239-948-3766

Daddy Daughter Date Night
Chick-Fil-A Cypress Lake
13610 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a magical evening with daddy’s little princess. Come celebrate a special evening for dads and daughters. Special crafts and events will be happening during this enchanted evening. RSVP required for either the 5 p.m. seating or the 6:30 p.m. seating. 239-433-9030

Storytime and Activities Featuring Love, Z
Barnes & Noble
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.

A robot named Z discovers a message signed “Love, Beatrice,” and decides to find out what “love” means. They embark on an adventure that leads to Beatrice, and back home again, where love was hiding all along. Get a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4! 239-437-0654

Kids Club: Snowman Canvas
Michaels
13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon

They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy creating a snowman canvas. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $2-$5. 239-215-1730

Family Movie Time
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Families will have a chance to screen family friendly new and classic films. Coloring sheets for adult and children will be available during the event. 239-479-4636

Crafterday Morning: Paper Bead Bracelets (teen)
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
10 a.m.

Craft your own European-style paper bead bracelet from upcycled magazine pages. All supplies provided. 239-479-4636

R.E.A.D. to Dogs
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
11 a.m.

R.E.A.D. companions are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team to help improve the literacy skills of children. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 23, 30

During this special storytime for babies up to 18 months, caregivers and babies learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Special Needs Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m.

Books, music, and sensory experiences for children age 3 – 12 with special needs and their families. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Florida’s Unique Fossils &Geography
Cape Coral Lee County Public
Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
2 p.m.

Ken Follmann, an award winning sculpture artist who uses prehistoric fossils as his medium, will share his passion for paleontology and his knowledge as a professional fossil-hunting tour guide in this engaging presentation on fossils found in Florida. 239-479-4636

National Anthem Auditions
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
1 to 3 p.m. near Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store

Contestants compete to sing the Anthem at a 2019 Minnesota Twins spring training games. 239-948-3766

Mon – 14
Game Night
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
5 p.m.

Try your hand at a variety of Wii games and board games at this monthly drop-in program for all ages. 239-479-4636

Home School Hangout
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
10:30 a.m.

Hang out with fellow homeschoolers and broaden your horizons with great novel studies, STEAM activities, games and more. For grades
3 – 5. Registration is not required but space is limited. 239-479-4636

Junior STEAM Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m.

Welcome to Junior STEAM Club. Each month will feature a different STEAM related theme for children ages 3-5. Get creative with books and activities that feature math, science, engineering, arts and building. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Game Night
Cape Coral Lee County Public
Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
5 p.m.

Try your hand at a variety of Wii games and board games at this monthly drop-in program for all ages. 239-479-4636

Kindness Club
South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
3:30 p.m.

Join us at the library to create kindness in our community. This month we will be having a visit from Bob Votruba and the Kindness Bus. For grades 2-6. Some activities may be messy, so dress for mess. All children attending must be registered. 239-479-4636

Preschool Play Date at the Library
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m.

Run, jump, dance and create in an open space that explores self-paced learning opportunities. Dress for mess. For children up to age five. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Tue – 15
Snow Fun
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
10 a.m.

A fun mix of snow-related activities for children ages 2-5. Dress for mess. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

STEAM Club: Roller Coaster Riding
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.

Get ready for fun experiments and projects as we explore the world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.) Please dress for mess. ​For grades K – 5. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Anime Club
Cape Coral Lee County Public
Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.

For teens and tweens interested in anime, manga and Japanese culture. Watch anime together and make themed crafts. For ages 11-18.
239-479-4636

Draw Your Dream (teen)
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
Jan. 15 – 19

Available during normal library operating hours. Draw a visual of your own dreams for humanity in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Craft paper and color pencils will be provided. 239-479-4636

It is Snowing
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Jan. 15 – 19

Available during normal library operating hours. Browse our book display about snow and experience our snow playdough sensory bin.
239-479-4636

Family Night: Cow-A-Bingo
Chick-Fil-A Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trail Fort Myers
5 – 7 p.m.

Join us for family Bingo, our biggest family night of the month. Come enjoy the fun and win great prizes and food! 239-433-9030

Wed – 16
Moms Appreciation Day
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland

Free treats for moms while their children have fun at Kids Crafts. 239-948-3766

Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. – noon

Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in fun activities in WINK Playland. 239-948-3766

Homeschool Connections:
Ancient China
Cape Coral Lee County Public
Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
11:30 a.m.

Explore a time or place, discover or rediscover art, games and more. Visit the Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library for suggested reading for this very special program. Registration is requested, as space is limited. For grades K-5. 239-479-4636

Lego Storytime
North Fort Myers Public Library
50 Pine Island Rd, N. Fort Myers
10:30 a.m.

Listen to stories and build with Legos at this storytime for all ages. 239-479-4636

Books and Bites for Teens: Winter Reads
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m.

Share your favorite winter read with friends and enjoy tea and cookies. Registration is requested, but not required. 239-479-4636

Thu – 17
Emerging Inventors: Bouncing Bubbles
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Children and parents will learn, play, and gain valuable social skills while exploring the museum and gardens. Ages 1-5. Emerging Inventors learn all about bubbles! The Edison Ford Wild Wizards display bubbles in many forms from snake bubbles to bubbles that are heavier than air! 239-334-7419

St. Andrew Festival
St. Andrew Catholic Parish/School
1509 SE 27th Street, Cape Coral
Jan 17 – 20

Featuring over 20 Midway style rides, attractions, games, and activities that make up a fantastic weekend of carnival fun. Live bands Friday and Saturday Night. 239-772-3922

Preschool Circus
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m.

Come one; come all. Enjoy games and crafts all about the circus. It is sure to be a roaring good time. For ages 3 – 5. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Bubble Disco
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
10 a.m.

If you love bubbles, dancing and music, this is the event for you. Dance to all your favorite tunes amid a bubble wonderland. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 17, 24, 31

For babies up to 18 months. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Discovery Baby
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral.
10:30 a.m.

For babies up to 23 months. This special interactive program is a play-date designed just for babies and their caregivers. Join us to discover literacy activities, rhymes and more. Please dress babies for some messy play. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Positivity Jars
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.

Start 2019 on an uplifting note by making a positivity jar. Each day of 2019, you can leave a positive note in the jar, to be read Jan. 1, 2020, or any time you need a pick-me-up. For ages 11-18. 239-479-4636

National Kid Inventors’ Day
Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers
5:30-7:30 p.m

Children and their parents are invited to be an inventor in the Smithsonian Spark!Lab at Edison and Ford Winter Estates (EFWE) for National Kid Inventors’ Day. The event will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and offers free admission to the museum and Edison’s laboratory. 239-334-7419

Cirque Italia – Gold Unit
JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway S Dr, Fort Myers
January 17 – 20

Don’t miss out on state-of-the-art water fountains and a mesmerizing water curtain! This new stage by itself is enough to amaze the most
demanding audience, and synchronized with the most creative display of superhuman talent – the result is simply out of this world! Combining laser man acts, contortionists that will bend like a pretzel, AN AMAZING WHEEL OF DEATH and more! All above our 35K gallon water stage!!
www.cirqueitalia.com 941-704-8572

Teen VR Roller Coaster Thrill Ride
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4:15 p.m.
Virtual reality has come to the library in the Teen Zone. Build a roller coaster and take it for a spin, VR style. 239-479-4636

Fri – 18
Sensational Sharks
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
10 a.m.

Join a Park Naturalist for an interesting and fun talk about Sharks. Discover why sharks, which are often feared, are an incredible group of animals which are commonly misunderstood. Explore why they’re important to our ecosystem, and learn what you can do to help protect them. Reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588. Regular Entrance Fees Apply

Special Needs Sensory Storytime
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
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 ages 3 – 12 with special needs. 239-479-4636

Cracker Day Rodeo
17401 Palm Creek Dr, N. Fort Myers
7 p.m.

Events: Bull Riding Barrel Racing Pole Bending Team Roping Team Roping & Branding Breakaway Roping Tie Down Roping Steer Wrestling Mutton Busting. 239-410-3498

Garden Bros Circus
Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero
January 18 – 20

The Garden Brothers three ring circus is back at Hertz Arena for 7 amazing shows!
Presenting a fast paced 90 minute show in a Theatrical European 3 ring setting featuring the Human Pyramid, ELEPHANTS, Daring Aerial Artists, 6 Motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, the Crazy Kambarov Horse Riderz, Chinese Acrobats, Death Defying Trapeze, Contortionists, the Funniest Clowns, Jugglers as seen on America’s Got Talen and more! 239-948-7825

Sat – 19
Miromar Outlets Turns 20!
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
January 19 – 20

Party like it’s 1999! Miromar Outlets celebrates its 20th anniversary with a weekend of live entertainment, games, giveaways and fun for the whole family! 239-948-3766

Kids Club: Cool Winter Mugs
Michaels
13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon

They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy creating a paper winter mug. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $2-$5.
239-215-1730

Celebration in the Sky
Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, 506 S. 1st Street, Immokalee
Saturday, January 19 at 9 p.m.

Seminole Casino will light up the sky with The fireworks display will be choreographed to lights and a custom soundtrack. “Celebration in the Sky” is the largest land-based fireworks show in Southwest Florida. A traditional outdoor Zambelli Fireworks production is a complete sensory experience unlike anything else! Their displays include a variety of shells and high-intensity multi-shot devices that awe and inspire. All ages are welcome and admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs to the viewing area for the show. Food and beverage options will be available for purchase at the event. 239-658-1313

Dino Dig Breakfast
Chick-Fil-A Cypress Lake, 13610 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
Saturday, January 19 • 8:30 a.m.

Join us for some roaring fun! Dinosaur fun for all ages. Dig for fossils and make fun crafts. 8:30-10 a.m. while supplies last! RSVP.
239-433-9030

Lego Club
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2 p.m.

Join us for a short story and Lego building activities. Legos provided
for use during this program.
239-479-4636

Storytime and Activities Featuring The Duchess and Guy: A Rescue-to-Royalty Puppy Love Story
Barnes & Noble
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.

When he was a pup, Guy was just like any dog in the shelter dreaming of a forever home, but all that changed when Meghan adopted him. Inspired by the true story of Meghan Markle and her rescue dog, Guy. 239-437-0654

History Saturday
IMAG History & Science Center
2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers
11a.m. – 2 p.m.

History Saturday occurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Interactive experiences above and beyond IMAG’s 60+ exhibits are stationed throughout the center. These activities are included in the price of admission. 239-243-0043

Thomas A. Edison Regional Science & Inventor Fairs
Alico Arena
2181 FGCU Lake Pkwy E, Fort Myers
1:30 – 4 p.m.

Public, private and home-schooled students from Southwest Florida will be competing at the Florida Gulf Coast University Alico Arena for over thirty scholarships from local universities, colleges and other supporters. Approximately 20,000 students from Lee and Charlotte Counties will have competed earlier in local school fairs with the winners advancing to this regional competition. www.edisonfairs.org

Bacon Jam
Centennial Park,
Downtown Fort Myers
11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

You’ll find a variety of creative bacon-based dishes from local restaurants and food trucks from chocolate covered bacon to bacon ice cream! Costs will vary from $1 and $5. Live music from local bands will be playing on the main stage all day. 945thearrow.com

Family Yoga With Kathryn
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. in WINK Playland

A FREE 45-minute beginners’ yoga class for families with toddlers to tweens. Bring your own mat. 239-948-3766

Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
11 a.m.

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Children ages 5-9 will listen to part of the “I Have a Dream” speech, make a craft reflecting their own hopes and dreams and enjoy some birthday cake. 239-479-4636

Movie Under The Stars:
Incredibles 2
Coconut Point, 23106 Fashion Dr, Estero

Showing on the lawn! Enjoy an evening under the stars with movies the whole family will love. Bring your blanket and lawn chair, and pets are more than welcome! Movies begin at dusk. Free and open to the public! 239-992-9966

Dream Craft
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
11 a.m.

Handprints and dreams come together in a craft activity that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech “I Have a Dream.” ​Children under 8 years of age must have an adult caregiver and should dress for mess. 239-479-4636

Special Needs Storytime
Cape Coral Lee County Public
Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
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 age 3 – 12 with special needs. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Alligator Interactive
Everglades Wonder Gardens
27180 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs
2 p.m.

A rare opportunity to interact with dozens of our mature alligators, while having an educational moment with a zookeeper or one of our docents. You purchase a ticket for a bait fish at guest services, we tie it on the end of bamboo pole and you literally feed the alligators. This fun activity is enriching for both our alligators and guests. It also helps with our feed costs, so we can provide the most nutritional diet available. 239-992-2591

Tue – 22
Fishing Clinic
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
10 a.m.

Join a Park Naturalist to learn a variety of tackle and fresh bait rigs, find out the best places to drop a line, and learn about the rules and regulations that pertain to game fishing in Southwest Florida. You might even learn a few of the “secrets” our local fishermen swear by. Reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588. Regular Entrance Fees Apply

Animals in Winter
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Jan. 22 – 26

Available during normal library operating hours. Browse our book display about animal winter survival methods and make a snowy owl. 239-479-4636

Family Night: Craft Fun
Chick-Fil-A Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trail Fort Myers
5 – 7 p.m.

Join us for craft night fun! 239-433-9030

Art Your Way
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4 p.m.

Have fun creating interesting art your way. For grades K – 5. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Wed – 23
Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. – noon

Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in fun activities in WINK Playland. 239-948-3766

Baby Rhyme Time
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 23, 30

During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

“New Year, New You” Vision Board Program
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.

Teens, ages 14-18, are invited to create a vision board . Teens will learn how vision boards can help them create visual goals for the year. 239-479-4636

Cape Coral Kids Book Club: “Tuesdays
at the Castle” by Jessica Day George
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
3:30 p.m.

Travel far, far away to a kingdom where the castle isn’t just magical, it’s alive and helping the royal children outwit a group of scheming invaders. Join us for snacks while we discuss this fantastical story. For grades 3 – 5. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time
Bonita Springs Public Library
26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 23, 30

During this special storytime for babies up to 18 months, caregivers and babies learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Tween Art Club: Papier-Mâché Creatures
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m.

Design and create a fantastical creature out of papier-mâché. All supplies are provided. 239-479-4636

Thu – 24
Teen Book Club: “Alex & Eliza”
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.

This fiction novel is based on the life of Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. For ages 11-18. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
10 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 24, 31

For babies up to 18 months. Space is limited. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Let’s Talk Money
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2:30 p.m.

Suncoast Credit Union will be on hand to inform teens about money management techniques that can last a lifetime. Attendees will learn to manage money effectively, prepare for common bills, open checking and savings accounts, look at investment options and establish and use credit wisely. For grades 9 – 12. Light snacks provided. 239-479-4636

Fri – 25
Captiva Crab Races
‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort
15951 Captiva Dr, Captiva
6 p.m.

Shows will be family-friendly! Price per crab is $5 for both shows. Crab Race Commissioner Tim begins calling tables at 5:15 so get here early to grab your crab…and then it’s off to the races! 239-472-5161

Alligator Program
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
10 a.m.

Join a Park Ranger for an interesting talk about our local Alligators. Learn why alligators are an important part of our SW Florida ecosystem, what makes them so incredible, and why they are so commonly misunderstood. Learn what you can do to safely co-exist with them, and how you can help protect them. Reservations are required. 239-463-4588 Regular Entrance Fees Apply

Cape Coral Daddy-Daughter Date Night
Four Freedoms Park, Cape Coral
6 p.m.

Friday, January 25th, 2019 6pm-9pm Admission: $50 Res / $60 Non-Res per couple $15 Res / $18 Non-Res per additional girl. For daddies and their daughters ages 4 and older, get ready for an enchanting evening which will include music, dancing, door prizes, catered hot and cold appetizers, refreshments and even a special photo by a professional photographer to capture the moment. 239-574-0804

Teen Game Day
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.

Drop in and play Nintendo Wii and board games. 239-479-4636

Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival
Centennial Park, Downtown Fort Myers
Jan. 25 – 26

“Don your Tartan” and bring your family and friends out to enjoy the 16th Annual Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival. Friday Night, January 25th is the Kick-Off from 5 to 10 pm. Traditional Celtic food, drink and merchandise along with performances by our favorite bands! The Jacobite Encampment and the all-female “Blue Skye Pipes and Drums” — the nation’s only all-female pipe and drum corps — launch the evening. Southwest Florida’s own “West of Galway” is up next, followed by Scotland’s “Albannach”, Ireland’s “Screaming Orphans” and international supergroup “Rathkeltair” to round out the evening. The Festival continues on Saturday, January 26th from 11a.m. to 10 p.m. Albannach, Rathkeltair, and Screaming Orphans are three of the most sought-after bands on the Celtic circuit. Marcille Wallis & Friends and House of Hamill bring a unique blend of music and dance from Scotland and Ireland. Be sure to catch the performance by the Kellyn Irish Dancers!
Friday night admission $5.
Saturday admission $12.
2-Day Festival Pass $15
Children under 12 Free – with paying adult. Bring your chairs & blankets but No coolers or dogs. 239-321-7530

Sat – 26
2nd Annual Southwest Florida Strawberry Festival
31 Produce
18672 State Road 31, Alva
Jan. 26-27 • 10 – 4 p.m.

Live Music 10 a.m. -4 p.m. both days!
Photo Booth 10 a.m. -2 p.m. free commemorative
print. Two face painters both days from 10-4 p.m. Balloon twister 10-4 both days. Food Vendors
will include: funnel cakes, pork sandwiches, tacos, strawberry short cakes, cookies, pizza and more.
Petting Zoo & Gem Panning
Whispering Pines Clydesdales Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, noon -3 p.m. 239-313-8213

Kids All American
Fishing Derby
Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral
Saturday, January 26 • 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The Derby is being held at the Yacht Club Pier, and includes instruction and education, fishing, awards and breakfast. Each participant will also receive a rod & reel, compliments of Fish Florida. Space is limited, so register early! Open to children ages 5-15 at a cost of $8 per child. 239-574-0804

Kids Club: Thumbprint Snow Scene
Michaels
13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon

They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy creating a cute snow scene with their thumbprints. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $2-$5. 239-215-1730

Teen Screen
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Screen new and classic teen films. Movies shown during this event will range in rating from G to PG-13. 239-479-4636

Horse Interaction Day
Saddlewood Horse Club,
16111 Saddlewood Ln., Cape Coral
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Come out to a fun-filled day this month for our Horse Interaction Day! Kids from 2 – 15 will be able to enjoy pony /horse riding, brush horses, pet, feed horses, hop in the bounce house, munch lunch, and have a blast with the live horse painting! $20/child, lunch and all activities included, treat bag for every reg. child. Pre-register by phone or online to reserve your spot – limited spots. Prepay by credit card. 239-738-9300

ClamJam of Southwest Florida Seafood
& Music Festival 2019
German American Social Club
2101 SW Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
Jan. 26 – 27

Two full days of Arts & Craft Vendors, Fresh Local Pine Island and Southwest Florida Seafood and other Great Foods, Live Music and Contests for all ages, family event offers Kids Games and Rides. 239-443-4457

Scooter Contest
Eagle Skate Park
315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Come out and show off your scooter tricks and skills. Prizes awarded. $10 per participant (includes admission fee). 239- 574-0490

Get Creative with Your Service Hours
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
2 – 4 p.m.

Explore your creative talents and earn service hours in the process. Drop in to create decorative keepsakes for elderly members of our community. For children and teens in grades 6 – 12. All supplies will be provided. 239-479-4636

Storytime and Activities Featuring Pig the Pug
Barnes & Noble
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.

Pig is a greedy and selfish Pug who has so many toys, yet he refuses to share with his poor friend Trevor. Little does he know that being greedy has its consequences. Will Pig learn to share? Find out at Storytime, plus get a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4! 239-437-0654

Puzzle Party
Barnes & Noble
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
2 p.m.

Celebrate National Puzzle Month with a Puzzle Party! This all-ages event has something for everyone including activities from Curious Jane Magazine, crosswords, word searches, a puzzle tournament, and jigsaw puzzles. 239-437-0654

Conservancy of Southwest
Florida Presents Wildlife Tales
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
11 a.m.

Hear tales from the Conservancy’s von Arx Wildlife Hospital and explore the many causes of injury to wild animals. Students will become junior veterinarians to diagnose and treat an animal patient in a hands-on activity and discover how they can help to prevent injury to wildlife. For grades 1 – 5. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Kids Day
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. – noon in WINK Playland

Toddlers to 12-year-olds participate in fun activities & receive food freebies. 239-948-3766

Sun – 27
17th Annual Gumbo Fest
Shell Factory and Nature Park
2787 N Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Enjoy live entertainment, festival food (including phenomenal Gumbo), reverse raffle and more! 239-995-3999

Mon – 28
Pre-K Superhero STEM
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
10 a.m.

Hero up and get to the library in a flash for super-powered activities. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Middle School Homeschool Connection
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m.

Meet new friends and tackle various STEAM topics in this monthly program designed to spark dialogue and facilitate creative thinking. Registration is required. Space is limited. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m.

For babies up to 18 months. Please pick up a storytime ticket at the youth services desk the morning of the program. Space is limited. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Teen Advisory Group
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.

Need volunteer hours? Want to give back to your community? Join us each month for a different service project at
the library. All materials provided. For ages 11-18. 239-479-4636

Tue – 29
Fandom Therapy: DC Comics
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.

Can’t get enough of Justice League? Share your love of DC Comics by making a terrarium for your favorite DC character. For ages 11-18. 239-479-4636

Make Your Own Sundae Night
Chick-Fil-A Cypress Lake
13610 S. Tamiami Trail Fort Myers
5 – 7 p.m.

Make your own yummy sundae with lots of toppings to choose from. 239-433-9030

National Puzzle Day Craft
North Fort Myers Public Library
50 Pine Island Rd, N. Fort Myers
3:30 p.m.

It’s National Puzzle Day. Make a puzzle piece picture frame with a photo inside. All materials provided. For grades K-5. 239-479-4636

STEAM Club: Surprising Sharks
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
4 p.m.

STEAM is all about science, technology, engineering, art and math. This month we will focus on science with activity stations about sharks. For grades K-5. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Roblox for Middle Schoolers
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
4:30 p.m.

Create adventures through online gaming. Registration is not required but space is limited. 239-479-4636

Nighttime Storytime
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral.
6:15 p.m.

On this starry night, bring out your favorite blankie, stuffed animal and, of course, your pajamas. Enjoy stories and songs and end the evening with a calm and family fun experience. 239-479-4636

National Puzzle Day Drop-In Program
North Fort Myers Public Library
50 Pine Island Rd., N. Fort Myers
Noon – 7:30 p.m.

It’s National Puzzle Day. Help complete a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle in one day. All ages welcome. 239-479-4636

Wed – 30
Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. – noon

Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in fun activities in WINK Playland. 239-948-3766

Thu – 31
Baby Rhyme Time
North Fort Myers Public Library
50 Pine Island Rd, N. Fort Myers
11 a.m.

During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636