September Calendar

 

Friday – 1
It’s National Chicken Month
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Sept. 1 – 9
Available during normal library operating hours. Drop-in anytime the library is open. There will be books featuring chickens and roosters, activity sheets and a rooster cone craft. 239-479-4636

Family Storytime
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
9:30 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 1, 15
Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of prereading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories. First come, first served. 239-479-4636

Drop-In Teen Activities: Hogwarts Express
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
Sept. 1 – 30
Available during normal library operating hours. Drop in all month long for fun activities about Harry Potter. 239-479-4636

Sea Turtle talk
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
10 a.m.
Join a Park Ranger to learn about the fascinating life-cycle and journeys of the marine turtles that visit Lovers Key each summer. Learn about their nesting behavior and find out what you can do to help protect them. 239-463-4588.

Saturday – 2
Kids Club: Sprout Alien Windsock
Michaels
13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers 239-215-1730
8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero 239-949-4299
10 a.m. – Noon
Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $2

GreenMarket
Lee County Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
Every Saturday from 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 and live cooking by local chefs. The GreenMarket hosts neighbors and small growers who bring seasonal, very limited crops to market. Do you have fruit from a few backyard trees, a good tomato crop from the kitchen garden, or some berries gathered in an outing? If so, we’d like to help you bring it to the community. Barter is encouraged, trade your small crop for market items you may need! 239-939-2787

61st Annual Pioneer Days
Pioneer Park, Englewood
Sept 2 – 4
Englewood Pioneer Days is an annual celebration, which includes: a parade, Rockin’ Kidz Zone with creative craft & art tent, live music, history tours, diaper derby, cardboard boat races and more! Parade: Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. www.englewoodpioneerdays.com

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True Storytime
Barnes & Noble
23130 Fashion Drive, Estero • 239-947-8724
Barnes & Noble – Marketplace SC
13751 Tamiami Tr, Fort Myers • 239-437-0654
11 a.m.
Join us for Storytime and activities featuring the sequel to Uni the Unicorn. Follow Uni and the little girl who believes in unicorns, as they finally meet and work together to save a magical land and its inhabitants!

Home Depot Kids Workshop: Pencil Box
Home Depot, Various locations
9 a.m. – noon
Join our hands-on Kids Workshop and you and your child can build a handy pencil case just in time for back to school. Once the pencil box is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. 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 Apron, commemorative pin & certificate of achievement. workshops.homedepot.com

Lakes Regional Park Miniature Train Village
Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday! 239-267-1905

Labor Day Weekend Celebration
Gulf Coast Town Center
9903 Gulf Coast Main Street, Fort Myers
5 – 9 p.m.
Join us in Market Plaza on Saturday, September 2 for a fun, family friendly event featuring live music from Spark Notes, FREE face painting by Faces by Joelle and balloon twisting by Melody Merrymaker the Clown from 5-8 p.m. Foster’s Grille Fort Myers will be serving burgers and hot dogs in Market Plaza for only $2! 239-267-5107

Free Kids Fishing
Bass Pro Shops
10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Join Bass Pro Shops of Ft. Myers for Free Kids Fishing on the first Saturday of each month! We provide everything you need to have a good time with your family, you provide the family! 239-461-7800

Alligator Interactive!
Everglades Wonder Gardens
27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs
2 p.m.
Every Saturday at 2 p.m. join us for Alligator Fishing! For $5 on top of regular admission prices, you get a cane pool with a hot dog on the end of it to feed our
37 gators. 239-992-2591

Sunday – 3
EAA 66 Young Eagle Rally and Pancake Breakfast
Page Field Airport Ft. Myers
Captain Channing Page Dr, Fort Myers
8 – 10 a.m.
Kids 11-17 come explore aviation with us. We will be giving a mini aviation lesson followed by a flight in a general aviation aircraft. When the flight is over you will get a participation certificate, flight log book, and a code to go online and take ground school. It is the ground school you need to become a pilot. The YE
rally is free. The all you can eat pancake breakfast is $6. Message Via our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/EAA-Young-Eagles-) if you are interested in attending.

Tuesday – 5
Family Storytime
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
10 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26

South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
10 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26

Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
11 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26
Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of prereading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories. An age appropriate craft or activity will be provided following the storytime. 239-479-4636

Family Night- Robotics with Sylvan
Chick-fil-A Cypress Lake
13610 S. Tamiami Trail Fort Myers
5 – 7 p.m.
Sylvan Learning will encourage your child’s talents with a fun, hands-on project building and animating robots. Children work together in pairs to plan and build a robot, letting their creativity and imaginations loose, all while learning STEM concepts. 239-433-9030

Toddler Tales
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26
This interactive and active time for toddlers and their caregiver is designed to advance prereading and social skills. They’ll experience storytelling, wordplay, felt board stories, fingerplays, puppets, singing, music-making, socializing, dancing and, of course, books. 239-479-4636

East County Anime Club
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 5, 19
For teens and tweens interested in anime, manga and Japanese culture. We watch anime together and make themed crafts. Program limited to grades 6-12. 239-479-4636

Preschool Storytime
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
11 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26
Your preschooler will continue to build relationships with other kids, books and the library in a storytime designed specifically for them. The stories and activities are more complex, but just as fun. First come, first served. 239-479-4636

Chess Anyone?
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26
Rise to the chess challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. 239-479-4636

Writers’ Workshop
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
6 p.m.
Join local writers as they meet each month to practice, share, and discuss various literary art forms. Meetings may vary to include classes, speakers and readings. All are welcome. Registration is requested. 239-479-4636

Family Game Night
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
5 p.m.
All ages are welcome for this fun night at the library. Bring your own game or try one of ours. Registration not required. 239-479-4636

Crazy Eights Math Club for Grades 3-5
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26
Children in grades 3-5 are invited to join us for hands-on games and activities that will have them fired up about math. Kids will build, run and jump, make music and participate in other over-the-top fun activities. Registration is required. Space is limited. Crazy 8s meets for eight weeks. Children that sign up will be registered for all 8 programs. 239-479-4636

Wednesday – 6
Baby Rhyme Time
Bonita Springs Public Library
26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
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

Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets, Estero
10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. 239-948-3766

After School Crew: Silly Science
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
Weekly stories and activities featuring hands-on science. For grades K-5. 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 are provided.
239-479-4636

Toddler Tales
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
10 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27

Bonita Springs Public Library
26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs
11 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27

Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
10 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
This interactive and active time for toddlers and their caregiver is designed to advance prereading and social skills. They’ll experience storytelling, wordplay, felt board stories, fingerplays, puppets, singing, music-making, socializing, dancing, and, of course, books. First come, first served. 239-479-4636

Family Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
For children up to age 5. Please pick up a Storytime Ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. Space is limited. Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of prereading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories. 239-479-4636

Preschool Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
11 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
For ages 3 – 5 years. Please pick up a Storytime Ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. Space is limited. Children attend this program independently while the caregiver waits nearby. Your preschooler will continue to build relationships with other kids, books, and the library in a storytime designed specifically for them. The stories and activities are more complex, but just as fun. 239-479-4636

Preschool Storytime
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
10 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27

Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27

East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
Your preschooler will continue to build relationships with other kids, books and the library in a storytime designed specifically for them. The stories and activities are more complex, but just as fun. 239-479-4636

Thursday – 7
Baby Rhyme Time
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
10 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

Baby Rhyme Time
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
10 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28
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

Preschool Storytime
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10:15 & 11:15 a.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28
For ages 3 to 5 years. Registration is required each week and space is limited. Your preschooler will continue to build relationships with other kids, books, and the library in a storytime designed specifically for them. 239-479-4636

Family Storytime
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28
Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of prereading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories. 239-479-4636

Toddler Tales
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
10 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28
This interactive time for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregiver will include storytelling, wordplay, fingerplays and music-making designed to advance prereading skills. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Bubblemania
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Location: North Cornog Plaza. Go nuts over these soapy spheres and dance to some favorite kid tunes. For all ages. 239-479-4636

Friday – 8
Engineering Mystery Bag Challenge:
Marble Run (teen)
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Sept. 8 – 16
Available during normal library operating hours.
Drop-in anytime during opening hours. Take a paper bag and use the materials inside to create a three-dimensional, free-standing marble run. Test out your marble run using the marbles provided. 239-479-4636

Secret Keeper Girl
McGregor Baptist Church,
3750 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers
Friday, September 8 • 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Does your daughter know her value as a daughter of the King? Is she confident of where her true beauty lies? Join us for the most fun a mom and daughter will ever have connecting and talking about true beauty and modesty. 800-691-8312

Saturday – 9
R.E.A.D. to Dogs
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, 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

Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake Rock Painting Fun
13610 S Tamiami Trail Fort Myers
9-11 a.m.
Kids join us for a morning of fun rock painting. We have all the supplies, just bring your creative spirit! LuLaRoe Amber Cebull Mobile Boutique will be on hand for Mom’s to shop! 239-433-9030

Science Saturday
Miromar Outlets, Estero
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in WINK Playland
Join Mr. Glen and his Science and Engineering team and the Sylvan Learning Center for interactive science projects. activities. 239-948-3766

Lakes Regional Park Miniature Train Village
Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday! 239-267-1905

Wet Walk
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Friends of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is again hosting off the boardwalk wet walks on a trail that is closed to the public. The invigorating, beautiful path is immersed in the watery heart of the Slough. Group size limited to 16. A $10 donation to the Friends Education Fund is suggested. A reservation is required. Guests must be at least 10 years old because of the possible water depth. Email a reservation request to Charles O’Connor at rcoc77@embarqmail.com

PJammin For Kids With Cancer
Gulf Coast Town Center
9903 Gulf Coast Main Street, Fort Myers
5 – 8 p.m.
Join us on Saturday, for our PJammin event as we light Gulf Coast Town Center GOLD in honor of children with cancer. The entire community is invited to come out in your favorite pajamas for our grand lighting ceremony to help us raise awareness and funds to support this important cause. There will be face painting by Faces by Joelle, balloon twisting and stilt walking by Way Too Tall Torrie, appearances by superheroes such as Wonder Woman and Superman, a children’s craft table, music and more! www.acco.org

Kids Club: Clay Pot Critters
Michaels
13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers  239-215-1730
8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero 239-949-4299
10 a.m. – Noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $2

How to Catch a Monster Storytime
Barnes & Noble
23130 Fashion Drive, Estero • 239-947-8724
Barnes & Noble – Marketplace SC
13751 Tamiami Tr, Fort Myers • 239-437-0654
11 a.m.
Is there a monster in your closet? Are you brave enough to catch him? Parents & children will love this fun, inventive picture book, which reminds us that things aren’t always as scary as they seem. Join us for Storytime, with activities to follow.

Grand Opening
Sit Means Sit of SWFL
28400 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs
11 a.m.
Lots of vendors, games, and prizes! FREE event! Bring the kids! Live demonstration at 1:00pm with a Sit Means Sit Trainer. Special promotions on Dog Training when purchasing a package during event hours.. Winner of “Worst Dog Contest” will be revealed! *This is a non-dog event.* Asides from service and SMS Demo Dogs. 239-494-1436

Parade for Heroes
47th Terrace SE in Cape Coral
10 a.m.
The parade — which coincides with the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks –features First Responder EMS, military and law enforcement. Participants in the parade include the Whispering Pines Clydesdales; both the Cape Coral Republican and Democratic Party Clubs; plus, both the Cape Coral and Ft. Myers Corvette Clubs. Music includes the marching bands from the Ida S. Baker High School, Mariner High School, and the Trifalger Middle School; plus, the Blue Dirt Dixieland Band and the Guns and Hoses bagpipes. In addition to the horses, children would especially enjoy the Cape Coral Fire Department firetruck, plus the Araba Shriners clown float and their Flintstone miniature cars. debra.vetsfoundation@gmail.com

Lego Club
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2 p.m.
Join us for a short story and Lego-based games and activities. Children can build and share a Lego creation that will be displayed in the library. Legos provided, no registration required. 239-479-4636

Celebrate Literacy Day
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Learn about the library and the Friends who help make things happen. Activities and refreshments from available. 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 to 12-years-old with special needs and their families. Registration begins Aug. 19. 239-479-4636

Curious George: The Golden Meatball
Florida Repertory Theatre
2268 Bay St, Fort Myers
Sept 9 – 10 • 2 p.m.
Join in on the fun as Curious George and his friends sing and swing their way into the hearts of audiences young and old alike! Tickets are $10 and include the performance, a Q&A with our actors, and a post-show activity! Recommended for PK-4th. 239-332-4665

Baby Rhyme Time
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
10 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

Sunday – 10
Children’s Auditions – A Christmas Story
Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
1 p.m.
Broadway Palm is holding open children’s auditions for their upcoming production of A Christmas Story. Auditions are on a first-come, first-served basis. A sign-up sheet will be available at Noon. No appointments will be taken. A Christmas Story, plays November 23 – December 25. Casting the roles of: Boys and girls for youth ensemble actors. Dance/movement skills preferred (tap dancing a plus). Age range of 7-15 (must be under 5’2” tall). Particularly looking for boy singers. For information, visit www.BroadwayPalm.com or call 239-278-4422.

Monday – 11
On the Table: DIY Stress Balls (teen)
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
Sept. 11 – 15
Available during normal library operating hours.
For teens in grades 6-12. Drop by the Teen Zone and make your own stress ball. Not only are they fun to make, but they can relieve stress through squeezing, smashing and tossing. 239-479-4636

Toddler Tales
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
11 a.m. Mondays, Sept. 11, 18, 25
For ages 18 to 36 months. Please pick up a Storytime Ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. Space is limited. This interactive and active time for toddlers and their caregiver is designed to advance prereading and social skills. They’ll experience storytelling, wordplay, felt board stories, fingerplays, puppets, singing, music-making, socializing, dancing and, of course, books. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. Mondays, Sept. 11, 18, 25
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

Wii and Board Games (teen)
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.
A variety of Nintendo Wii games and board games will be available at this drop-in program. First come, first served. Program limited to high school students.
239-479-4636

Toddler Tales
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10:15 & 11:15 a.m. Mondays, Sept. 11, 18, 25
This interactive and active time for toddlers and their caregiver is designed to advance prereading and social skills. They’ll experience storytelling, wordplay, felt board stories, fingerplays, puppets, singing, music-making, socializing, dancing and, of course, books. Registration is required each week and 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 crafts and activities that feature math, science, engineering, arts and building. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Tuesday – 12
Down on the Farm
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Sept. 12 – 16
Available during normal library operating hours.
Explore a book display about farm animals, complete activity sheets and make farm animal paper masks. 239-479-4636

Chick-fil-A at Cypress 3rd annual Wendy Kay Day for pediatric cancer awareness
13610 S Tamiami Trail Fort Myers
6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate our opening anniversary by hosting a Spirit Day honoring the memory of our very own Wendy Kay Romeis. The proceeds will benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital. From 5-7 p.m., Way Too Tall Torrie will be on stilts making balloons, Coding Workshop with Sylvan Learning will introduce children to the concept of coding using fun animation and coding blocks. Through interactive puzzle games, students will learn coding language that prepares them to learn how to code animation, video games, music videos and more… LuLaRoe Amber Cebull Mobile Boutique will be on hand for Mom’s to shop!
239-433-9030

National Video Games Day
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
3 – 6 p.m.
Video Games Day celebrates popular video games that stormed onto the market, and changed the way your kids play games. From Atari to Nintendo to Xbox, video games provide all too many hours of playing time on your television set. Let’s make this a marathon day for video games. 239-479-4636

TED Talks and Teens: Share Your Opinion
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
6:30 p.m. Tuesdays
Sept. 12: Social Media
Sept. 26: Procrastination
TED Talks are videos filmed at the annual Technology, Entertainment, Design conference that offer great ideas presented by some of the world’s most engaging speakers. At each session, we will view two TED talks and react to the featured topics in a safe and open environment. 239-479-4636

Wednesday – 13
Life-Size “Angry Birds”
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.
Play an “in real life” version of the popular video game “Angry Birds.” Program limited to high school students. 239-479-4636

Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets, Estero
10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. 239-948-3766

Thursday – 14
Homeschool Exploration: History
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Homeschoolers, explore fascinating world history with hands-on activities and games. For children age 5 and up. Registration begins Aug. 24. 239-479-4636

Fishing Clinic
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
10 a.m.
Join Park Naturalists 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 regarding fishing in Southwest Florida waters. 239-463-4588

Baby Rhyme Time
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 14, 21
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

Friday – 15
Friday Fun Storytime
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
1 p.m.
Fridays are a fun day at the library. Join us as we read aloud a fun, family-friendly picture book and participate in an easy end of week activity. 239-479-4636

Almost, Maine
Lee County Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
Performances are September 15 & 16 at 8 p.m.
and September 17 at 3 p.m.
Alliance Youth Theatre Presents Almost, Maine by John Cariani. On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream. The play, a series of nine vignettes about love, is knee-deep in whimsy. 239-939-2787

Kidspace On the Table Craft: Hispanic Heritage Month
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
Sept. 15 – 31
Available during normal library operating hours. Join us for simple crafts in the kidspace that celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. A different craft will be available each Friday starting Sept. 15 – Oct. 14. All supplies provided. 239-479-4636

Giveaway Days
Eagle Skate Park
315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral
3 – 10 p.m.
Come out to Eagle Skate Park with your skate boards, bikes, and scooters to enjoy our ramps and giveaways. We will be giving away food, skate park products, $10 per participant. 239-242-3950

Find it Fridays!
Everglades Wonder Gardens
27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Spring
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Kids enjoy a scavenger hunt all day! Ask for more details at the ticket counter. Cost: Regular Admission Fees. 239-992-2591

Saturday – 16
Six Wags Over Fort Myers Pet Carnival
Iona-Hope Episcopal Church
9650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
A celebration for pets and their humans featuring doggie and people café, pet photos and keepsakes, silent auction, spa experience including chair massage for humans and pampering for pups, pet rescue adoptions, petting zoo, gift shop, homemade pet treat sale and more. Most activities will be indoors so the show can go on rain or shine! Free. www.ionahope.org

21st Annual Kids All American Fishing Derby
Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral
Saturday, September 16 • 9 a.m. – Noon
Open to children ages 5-15 at a cost of $8 per child, this year’s fishing derby will include
angler education, bait, one hour of fishing time, awards, and lunch for participants. In addition, each participant will receive a complimentary rod and reel to take home at the end of the derby! Please note: Children must bring their own fishing rod and tackle to the event, as time will not permit us to get gear ready that morning. Additional lunches for parents or siblings can be purchased for $4 each. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. To register, call 239-574-0806.

Out of This World Day
Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center
5 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us in a galaxy far, far, away at the rebel’s headquarter for an out of this world mission. Participants will enjoy out of this world space snacks, games, and trivia. Don’t’ forget to dress as your favorite Knight, Princess or hero. 239-242-3950

Dora and Diego Return to Naples Zoo
590 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Naples
September 16 – 17 • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Guests will be able to enjoy the entire zoo as usual this weekend but we will be having a party as well! The party will include games and music to dance the weekend away! Join us and get your pictures taken with our special guests! This will be a wonderful family event and special opportunity to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Naples Zoo! Meet and greet opportunities are included in regular admission costs. Purchase tickets online to save! 239-262-5409

Lakes Regional Park Miniature Train Village
Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday! 239-267-1905

Wet Walk
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Friends of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is again hosting off the boardwalk wet walks on a trail that is closed to the public. The invigorating, beautiful path is immersed in the watery heart of the Slough. Group size limited to 16. A $10 donation to the Friends Education Fund is suggested. A reservation is required. Guests must be at least 10 years old because of the possible water depth. Email a reservation request to Charles O’Connor at rcoc77@embarqmail.com

Family Yoga with Kathryn
Miromar Outlets, 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

Kids Archery
Bass Pro Shops
10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers
11 a.m.
If you have ever wondered if archery was for you, come on down! We have an instructor in the range who will help you to shoot a bow and arrow. Take 3 shots and see if it is something you may be interested in turning into a hobby! Event is held on the third Saturday of every month! 239-461-7800

Kids Club: Fall Leaf Sign
Michaels
13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers 239-215-1730
8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero 239-949-4299
10 a.m. – Noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $2

Princesses Wear Pants Storytime
Barnes & Noble
23130 Fashion Drive, Estero • 239-947-8724
Barnes & Noble – Marketplace SC
13751 Tamiami Tr, Fort Myers • 239-437-0654
11 a.m.
In their debut children’s picture book, Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim team up for a savvy, imaginative story that celebrates fashion and girl power. Join the unflappable Princess Penelope Pineapple as she finds a clever way to get the job done while staying true to herself. Activities to follow.

Mariposa Martinez and More Tales from Latin America – Shadow Puppet Show
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
11 a.m.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with storyteller and puppeteer Katie Adams. Stories include “How Color Came to the World,” an Aztec myth about the origin of the rainbow and “Mariposa Martinez,” a favorite tale from Cuba about a butterfly. For ages 3 and up.
239-479-4636

Nick’s Kids Show
Fishermen’s Village, located on Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda
Saturday, September 16 • Noon – 4 p.m. (Center Court)
Fishermen’s Village is proud to announce the addition of a new, off season event for kids and adults! Nick’s Kids Show will present a musically entertaining show for the entire family! At Nick’s Kids Show, everyone is a STAR! Nick invites kids from the audience to be in the rock ‘n roll band! Jump on board and be in the Locomotion train! Nick’s Kids Show brings enjoyment and laughter to all ages. Come early to shop, dine and get a good seat! Free admission. Free parking. 941-639-8721

Sunday – 17
Nam Jam Fort Myers
The Shell Factory & Nature Park
2787 N Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers
Noon – 6 p.m.
The Shell Factory is honored to partner with the Invested Cape Coral Veterans Foundation to Salute our Vietnam Veterans and Honor all Veterans. Admission is free, and the event will feature BBQ Cookout from noon – 3 p.m., live music with Chuck Peterson, a special Color Guard Ceremony, Nam Jam will also be recognizing several WWII Veterans who reside right here in our community. All Vets will get into The Nature Park free. www.shellfactory.com

Monday – 18
Baby Rhyme Time
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
10 a.m.
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. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Tuesday – 19
Vegetables Give Our Bodies Energy
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Sept. 19 – 23
Available during normal library operating hours.
Drop-in anytime the library is open. Explore books on vegetables with a focus on vegetables harvested in Florida during September. There will be activity sheets and an eggplant person craft to make. 239-479-4636

College Night 2017
Suncoast Credit Union Arena at FSW
8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers
6 – 8 p.m. www.leeschools.net

Game Night for Teens
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m.
Play Super Mario, NHL, Sonic, FIFA, Madden and many other games. 239-479-4636

Pirates of the Golden Age
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers
6 p.m.
Steven Valdespino from Have Lecture will Travel will help us examine the golden age of piracy. 239-479-4636

Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake Family Night -Bingo
13610 S Tamiami Trail Fort Myers
5 – 7 p.m.
It’s Cow-A-Bingo time! Bingo for the entire family and great prizes. 239-433-9030

Wednesday – 20
Teen Screen
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
3:30 p.m.
Join us at our big screen for a fun and exciting blockbuster hit. All are welcome for this free movie viewing. 239-479-4636

Moms Appreciation Day
Miromar Outlets, Estero
10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland
Moms receive a coupon for a free drink and treat from le macaron french pastries when you bring your kids to free Kids Crafts. 239-948-3766

Tween Art Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m.
Each month Ms. Kathleen will teach a few skills in different areas of art. This is your chance to show off your skills and display your work in the teen room. All supplies are provided. 239-479-4636

Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets, Estero
10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. 239-948-3766

Homeschool Connections: Multiculturalism
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
11:30 a.m.
Share a book, play a game from another country and learn about the resources your library has to offer. Visit the Cape Coral Library for suggested reading for this special program. Registration is requested as space is limited. For children ages 5-12. 239-479-4636

Thursday – 21
Paint Your Way Around the World
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
2 p.m.
Celebrate International Peace Day with a special craft. All supplies provided by the library. Register online or in the library. 239-479-4636

Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake
Milkshakes and Masterpieces
13610 S Tamiami Trail Fort Myers
6 – 8 p.m.
Moms grab your friends and enjoy a night out! $25 Includes a large milkshake, all the materials and full instruction from artist, Alicia Caminos Repun. Space is
limited to first 25 to RSVP. Pre-paid spots only. Reservations required. 239-433-9030

Preschool Bug Bonanza
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m.
Get buggy with it. Join us as we explore the wild world of For ages 2 to 5 years old. Registration begins Aug. 31. 239-479-4636

Peace Day Fun
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.
Learn about and celebrate Peace Day with cooperative games and a craft. 239-479-4636

Saturday – 23
Teen Advisory Group
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
2 p.m.
Do you have ideas to help improve the library for teen patrons? If so, join the advisory group. We need your input so don’t be shy. 239-479-4636

Tropical Fun-Shine Polynesian Show
Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Rd, Cape Coral
Saturday, September 23 • 7 p.m.
This Polynesian dance show will have your heart pounding to tantalizing Tahitian beats. Swaying hula dancers will mesmerize you as they tell a story with their hula hands to music of the islands. Come watch some of the finest Polynesian performers in Southwest Florida. Luau-type refreshments are included, BYO wine, if you like. $25 Tickets in advance, $35 at the door. For more information or to RSVP, call Rotary Park at 239-549-4606.

The Giver
Florida Repertory Theatre
2268 Bay St., Fort Myers
2 p.m.
The Giver invites audiences to experience a new society: a colorless Utopian world without pain. But when Jonas turns 12 and is given a special role, he learns of the former world and must make a choice that will change his life forever. Tickets are $10 and include the performance, a Q&A with our actors, and a post-show activity! Recommended for 5th-8th grade. 239-332-4665 x2041

2017 Color Splash 5K2.0 – Free
Wa-Ka Hatchee Community Park
16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers
6:45 a.m. check-in, 7:30 a.m. start
You can walk or you can run, but you don’t want to miss the Florida Department of Health in Lee County and Lee County Parks & Recreation’s 2017 Color Splash 5K2.0 This fun, family friendly 5K encompasses three laps within Lee County Park & Recreation’s beautiful Wa-Ke Hatchee Community Park. Registration and participation is FREE and limited to the first 500 registrants. Registration: www.surveymonkey.com/r/XFN2W5S

Lakes Regional Park Miniature Train Village
Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday! 239-267-1905

Big Words for Little Geniuses Storytime
Barnes & Noble
23130 Fashion Drive, Estero • 239-947-8724
Barnes & Noble – Marketplace SC
13751 Tamiami Tr, Fort Myers • 239-437-0654
11 a.m.
In this clever picture book by James and Sue Patterson, each letter of the alphabet provides an impressive new word for children to learn. Join us for this special Storytime, with activities to follow.

Kids Club: Craft Stick Characters
Michaels
13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers 239-215-1730
8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero 239-949-4299
10 a.m. – Noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $2

Alive at Night – Snores & Roars – Family Camping
The Shell Factory and Nature Park
2787 N Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
6 p.m. – 9 a.m.
An overnight camping adventure in the Nature Park. Includes: dinner, snacks & continental breakfast, guided tour of the park with close animal encounters, tents & chairs provided, campfire activities & more! $49 per person for campers & parents of kids 5 – 12.
239-995-2141

End of Summer – 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 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, and munch lunch. A highlight is as well our Live Horse Painting! $20/child, lunch and all activities included. Please pre-pay by phone or here to reserve your spot or cash at the gate. Please pre-register by phone or e-mail to reserve your spot – limited spots. Pre-pay by credit card (recommended) or cash at gate. 239-738-9300 or Fun@CapeHorses.com www.CapeHorses.com

Sunday – 24
Peace Day in the Park
Jaycee Park, Cape Coral
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Live music, meditation, yoga, fashion show, support food drive, blood drive, art and artisans, food, crafts, face painting, diverse community events, health and wellness workshops, one of a kind raffle and more Pets welcome! www.peaceday-in-thepark.com

Monday – 25
STEAM Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m.
Welcome to STEAM Club. Each month will feature a different STEAM related theme for children in grades K-5. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Tuesday – 26
DIY Teen Crafts
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.
Perler beading is back. Arrange beads into whatever design you’d like, then iron them together to make keychains or magnets. For grades 9-12. 239-479-4636

Coding Club
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4 p.m.
Come discover computer coding with fun activities and technology. All materials will be supplied. For grades 3-5. Registration begins Sept. 5. 239-479-4636

Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake Family Night
13610 S. Tamiami Trail Fort Myers
5 – 7 p.m.
Join us for Family Night – Kids make your Own Sundaes just the way you like it and coloring with the Chick-fil-A Cow!
239-433-9030

Fantastic Fruits to Eat
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Sept. 26 – 30
Available during normal library operating hours.Drop-in anytime when the library is open and check out the books on display. The focus will be on fruits harvested in Florida during September. Enjoy activity sheets and a fruit stick puppet craft. 239-479-4636

TED Talks and Teens: Share Your Opinion
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
6:30 p.m. Tuesdays
Sept. 12: Social Media
Sept. 26: Procrastination
TED Talks are videos filmed at the annual Technology, Entertainment, Design conference that offer great ideas presented by some of the world’s most engaging speakers. At each session, we will view two TED talks and react to the featured topics in a safe and open environment. 239-479-4636

Wednesday – 27
Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets, Estero
10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. 239-948-3766

Thursday – 28
Hang Out at Hogsmeade with All Things Harry Potter
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4 p.m.
Welcome to the world of Harry Potter. Enjoy some Fizzing Whizbees (levitation not allowed in the muggle world) and Harry Potter themed activities and crafts. Materials provided. For grade 6 and up. Registration begins Sept. 7. 239-479-4636

Saturday – 30
Tween Saturday: DIY Games
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
11 a.m.
Make your own cheap and easy games. There will be balloon rockets, DIY bouncy balls, building games and more. Program limited to tweens in grades 5-8.
239-479-4636

Friendly Forest Festival
The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers
Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Come celebrate the fall season at our family friendly weekend event. Sat., Sept 30 and Sun., Oct 1. from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. each day. Activities include decorated trail hikes, nature themed crafts and games, animal presentations, and special planetarium shows. All included with regular admission. Members free. 239-275-3435

Kids Day
Miromar Outlets, Estero
10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland
Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in fun activities. Kids will receive a free slice of pizza from Luna Pizza, a coupon for a free regular pretzel from Mr. Pretzels, and a coupon for a free kids’ cone from Dairy Queen/Orange Julius, while supplies last. 239-948-3766

Lakes Regional Park Miniature Train Village
Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday! 239-267-1905

Kids Club: Pom-Pom Pumpkin Banner
Michaels
13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers 239-215-1730
8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero 239-949-4299
10 a.m. – Noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $2