Calendar

January

Wed – 1
Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. – Noon
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun
activities in WINK Playland. 239-948-3766
 
Thu – 2
Where is the Snow?
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane
Jan. 2-4
Available during normal library operating hours. Check out the book display featuring snow. Complete fun activity sheets and use your imagination to dream up a winter wonderland. Make a shredded white tissue paper snowman craft. 239-479-4636
 
Fri – 3
Fort Myers Seafood & Music Festival
The River Downtown Fort Myers
January 3-5 
Join us for the 2nd Annual Fort Myers Seafood & Music Festival held on the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Myer. Festivities begin Friday evening 4-10 p.m. and continue Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. General admission is free. www.seafoodfestivals.com
 
Game Nights at the Youth Center
William Austen Youth Center  
315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral
6 p.m.
Participants in grades 2-8 will enjoy playing the latest video games, Foosball, dancing, and more. Game Nights also include laser tag and now, on select nights, Nerf wars! The cost is just $10 per person and includes a pizza dinner. Advanced registration is not required and parents are not required to stay. Every Friday Night from 6-9:45 p.m. 239-242-3950
 
Cosplay Ice Skating
Fort Myers Skatium Recreation 
2250 Broadway, Fort Myers
8 p.m.
Because we were born to make history! Suit up and get ready to hit the ice again – this time at a rink much closer to home. Group rate is $8 per person (minimum 20 people) – this includes skate rentals.
239-321-7510
 
Annual Florida Gulf Coast Police K-9 Competition
Island Coast High School, 2125 De Navarra Pkwy, Cape Coral
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Includes a Police K-9 Obstacle Course, Hardest Hitting Dog Competition, Fastest Dog Competition, K-9 / S.W.A.T. Demo & Display, Vendor Expo, Family Activities, a food truck rally and more! sscrobe@capecoral.net
 
Sat – 4
Home Depot Kids Workshop: 
Mini Hockey Game
Home Depot, Various locations
9 a.m.  –  noon
Face off with fun in this Mini Hockey Game Workshop. Kids develop hands-on skills by sanding, nailing, painting and more. With help from parents and Store Associates, your child will create and own their own game. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. www.homedepot.com/workshops
 
Storytime and Activities 
Featuring Grumpy Monkey 
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace 
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood and has a bit of a meltdown when everyone starts giving him advice as to what makes THEM happy. Sometimes everyone just needs a day to be GRUMPY! This book shows kids they are allowed to demonstrate their feelings without hurting others in the process. Activities to follow! 239-437-0654
 
Kids Gym & Fitness Indoor Playtime
Kinderdance of SWFL 
1315 Homestead Rd, Lehigh Acres
Jan 4 – 5
Kids to have fun-based leaning Face Painting, Jumping, Tumbling, and doing Kids Gym Fitness age-appropriate before going back to school. 239-910-5024
 
Science Saturday
IMAG History & Science Center
2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Science Saturday is going to be out of this world! Complete special training missions in the Be the Astronaut exhibit. Learn about our solar system in a special Science on a Sphere show. Build and launch different types of rockets. Explore the physics of flight and space travel at our IMAG Live! Show! 239-243-0043
 
Cape Coral Historical Museum Children’s Event – Police Appreciation
544 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral
10 a.m.
Children’s events are free and held from 10 – 11 a.m. the 1st Saturday of the month from September to June.  Activities include a craft, storytelling,
exploration of the museum grounds and more.
239-772-7037
 
Parent’s Night Out at Sky Zone
Sky Zone Fort Myers
14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
6 – 10 p.m.
Parents, do you hate leaving your kids at home with the babysitter to just stare at the TV? Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park is redefining Parent’s Night Out. Drop off the kids at Sky Zone for a fun night of games and activities while you are out on the town! Kids get to participate in Open Jump, all our cool attractions like Warrior Course, Free Climb Rock Wall, Warped Wall & more, AND they get to jump during Glow! $34.99 to jump Includes 2 slices of pizza and a soft drink along with a Sky Camp shirt, and kids can hang out in a Sky Zone room when they’re not jumping to do arts & crafts, play video games, or watch a movie! For children ages 7-13. 239-313-5448
 
Sun – 5
Dia de Los Reyes Festival
Bell Tower Shops
13499 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
1 – 5 p.m.
Celebrating the Hispanic tradition of Three Kings day featuring our local heroes: Police, Fire and the Lee County Sheriff. This event will celebrate the Hispanic culture with; ️local dance groups, ️domino tournament, ️food, ️music & fun for all ages! 239-489-1221
 
Mon – 6
Chess Anyone?
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 6, 13, 27
Rise to the chess challenge and join the fun. Chess enthusiasts of all ages are welcome. Bring your own chess set or use one of ours. 239-479-4636
 
Tue – 7
Chess Anyone?
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,  921 S.W. 39th Terr. 
5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 7, 21
Rise to the chess challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. 239-479-4636
 
Arctic Mammals
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane
Jan. 7-11
Available during normal library operating hours. Check out display books featuring arctic mammals. Complete fun activity sheets and make a polar bear out of newspaper and blue construction paper.239-479-4636
 
Emerging Inventors: Out of This World Space Science
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Children and parents will learn, play, and gain valuable social skills while exploring the homes, gardens, and museum. First & Third Tuesdays. For ages, 1-5. 239-334-7419
 
Game On
North Fort Myers Public Library 
2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE
5 p.m.
Join in the fun and challenge your friends to a variety of board, card and video games. Games change monthly. For adults and teens in grade six and up. 239-479-4636
 
Babysitting Course
Four Freedoms Park
4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The new Child and Babysitting Safety (CABS) program gives teenagers and young adults, (11-16 yrs), everything they need to know for safe and successful babysitting. From getting started with their business to dealing with parents and children, to key safety, caregiving, and first aid tips, the magazine-format CABS guide, and vlogger-style video make learning fun. $40 (4-hour class)   239-574-0804
 
Wed – 8
Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. – Noon
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities in WINK Playland. 239-948-3766
 
Black Light Bingo
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8
2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11
It’s a fun spin on classic bingo. We turn the black lights on and everyone and the game will glow. Bring the family. 239-479-4636
 
Thu – 9
Open Mic Teen Time
Riverdale Branch Library 
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
2 p.m.
Students ages 12-18 can share age and audience appropriate performances. Sing a song, read a poem, play an instrument, tell stories or jokes or dance. Bring your groupies. Performers need to sign up for a five-minute spot upon entry. 239-479-4636
 
Fri – 10
Teen Game Day
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.
Teens are invited to kick off the weekend with fun and games. Play Uno, Scrabble, Jenga & more. 239-479-4636
 
Sat – 11
Japanese Language and Culture
North Fort Myers Public Library 
2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE
10 a.m.
For adults and teens ages 12 and up. Learn fun facts about Japanese culture and language from translator Ian Verhine. 239-479-4636
 
STEM WARS: The F=m(a) Awakens
IMAG History & Science Center, 2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers
Saturday, January 11 • 5:30 p.m.
For the first time ever, on January 11, both Sith and Jedi will be able to train in the same location under a temporary peace treaty at The IMAG’s STEM Wars: The Force Awakens event.  The Force Awakens event. Join the IMAG’s intergalactic training team for a family friendly evening of dining at Mos Eisly Cantina; assisting the Mandalorian with finding The Child; light saber building and training on Endor with myself and Obi-Wan Kenobi; shopping and bartering on Jakku with Rey and Finn; building and racing droids on Tatooine with Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8; learning how to use the Force with Yoda and Darth Maul on Dagobah; pilot training in our flight simulators in our Star Wars Launch Bay with Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Poe Damaron; exploring the planets and moons of the Star Wars’ universe with Princess Leia; and learning how to use Nitrogen Carbonite with the IMAG’s Resident Jedi Master. 239-243-0043
 
Animal Day
Southern Fresh Farms
8500 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Come on out for a day full of fun and animals during our first Animal Day of the year.Parking and admission are free.
We ask $1 donation per person. 100% of this goes to Wild at Heart Animal Rescue. 239-768-0309
 
Storytime and Activities Featuring The Return of Thelma the Unicorn
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace 
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Thelma the Unicorn is reluctant to share her horn and sparkles again, but with the help of her best friend Otis, she realizes the importance of spreading love and joy no matter what people think. Activities to follow. 239-437-0654
 
Fairy Tea Party
Rotary Park
5505 Rose Garden Rd, Cape Coral
11 a.m.
Children will enjoy tea sandwiches, treats, and punch in the butterfly garden. Feel free to wear fairy or butterfly wings. Registration is required in advance as there are limited spaces available. $15 per person.  239-549-4606
 
New Kids’ Garden Adventure 
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Children can win prizes in the garden scavenger hunt, create botanical art, explore kid-friendly garden vendors, climb the historic Banyan tree (additional cost), jump into green science activities, stretch their imagination with wellness activities, and learn about bees and other local animals.
239-334-7419
 
Science Saturday
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in WINK Playland
From making slime to constructing the solar system,
kids learn about science and engineering. 239-948-3766
 
National Anthem Auditions
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
1 to 3 p.m. near Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store                                               Compete to sing the Anthem at a 2020 Minnesota Twins Spring Training game on February 26. *Registration will take place prior to start time. 239-948-3766
 
Crafterday Morning: Handmade Bookmarks
Riverdale Branch Library 
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11
Mark your page this year with a handmade bookmark. All supplies will be provided. This program is not intended for children under 13. 239-479-4636
 
Sun – 12
Little Leapers: PJ’s with PJ Masks
Sky Zone Fort Myers
14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
Jan. 12 • 9 a.m.
Jan. 15 • 10 a.m.
Join us for our Little Leapers PJ’s with PJ Masks! It’s a Pajama Party, so wear your favorite PJ’s! Watch them discover the joy of being active. They will have a blast bouncing under the supervision of their parents, without interference from the big kids!  It’s $12.99 per toddler plus one parent plays free; it’s $5.99 for an additional parent to play on the trampolines. Parents & Grandparents are always welcome to watch – it’s free! Ages 7 and under, if they can walk they can jump!  239-313-5448
 
Mon – 13  
PAW Patrol & Friends
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,  921 S.W. 39th Terr. 
10 a.m. 
No job is too big, no pup is too small. Join us for a PAW-tastic time as we celebrate our favorite neighborhood rescue dogs. At this special storytime, we’ll read PAW Patrol books, play games and make some PAW Patrol-inspired crafts. For ages 2-6. Registration is required. 239-479-4636
 
Baby Rhyme Time
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13
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. An informal playtime will follow the program.
 Registration is required. 239-479-4636
 
Junior STEAM Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13
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 science, technology, engineering, art and math for preschoolers. 239-479-4636
 
Baby Rhyme Time
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 13, 27
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. Please pick up a Storytime Ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. Space is limited. 239-479-4636
 
Teen Volunteer Service Projects
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,  921 S.W. 39th Terr. 
4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13
Do you need volunteer service hours and 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
 
Quest Adventure in Virtual Reality
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 13-24
Leave the two-dimensional world and immerse yourself in a 3-D, 180-degree VR experience with our Oculus Quest headsets. For ages 11-18.
239-479-4636
 
Kindness Club
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13
Join us at the library to create kindness in our community. Kids can participate in fun activities designed to encourage kindness and help make the world a better place. All children attending must be registered. For ages 7-11. Some activities may be messy, so dress for mess. Registration is required. 239-479-4636
 
Tue – 14
Artify with Ms. Sharon
Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds Street
6 p.m.
Children ages 6-11 are invited to explore new art projects or advanced techniques during this monthly program. January’s project is winter inspired. All materials provided, please dress for a mess. Registration is required.  239-479-4636
 
Library Teen Talk
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28
Grab your friends and join us for a weekly discussion about current events, everyday life, library resources and more. Teens will be encouraged to post an answer to a weekly question while socializing and making new friends.
239-479-4636
 
Pete the Cat Party
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4 p.m. 
Join us for activities and crafts all about Pete the Cat. Please dress for mess. For ages 2-5.  Registration required. 239-479-4636
 
Teens Write
North Fort Myers Public Library, 2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE
2:30 p.m. 
Share your poetry or prose and exchange ideas. For grades 9-12. 239-479-4636
 
Fandom Night: Pokemon
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,  921 S.W. 39th Terr. 
4:30 p.m.
Show off your love of Pokemon by making your own Pokeball terrarium. For ages 11-18. 239-479-4636
 
Code Your Own 
Star Wars Video Game
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
5:30 p.m. 
Build your own Star Wars video game with Bloxels Star Wars. Lay out, design and configure your own Star Wars story using iconic characters and watch your game come to life. Coding experience is not necessary. No registration is required but space is limited. This program is for ages 11-18. 239-479-4636
 
More Arctic Mammals
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane
Jan. 14-18
Available during normal library operating hours. Read about arctic marine mammals and complete fun activity sheets. Make a paper bag walrus.  239-479-4636
 
Art on the Farm – Kinder Clay Class
Shaker’s Acres South · North Fort Myers
9 – 11 a.m.
Art on the Farm Kinder Clay class is the perfect opportunity for your 3-6 year old to explore the Farm, meet the animals, and create a clay masterpiece inspired by a different children’s book each class. Class begins with a farm tour and animal feeding, before heading to the outdoor art classroom for some creative fun. Each class will feature a different children’s book read aloud, and used as inspiration for our art project. $12 per student.  www.shakersacres.com
 
Kindness Club
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4:30 p.m. 
Join us at the library to create kindness in our community. Kids can participate in fun activities designed to encourage kindness and help make the world a better place. For ages 5-11. Registration required. 239-479-4636
 
Wed – 15
Baby Rhyme Time
Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds Street
10:30 a.m. Weds, Jan. 15, 22, 29
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
 
The Truth about Vaping and E-cigarettes
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m. 
Learn about the dangers of electronic-cigarettes and vaping devices. This informative program is for ages 14-18. Parents are encouraged to attend. Program information will be provided by the Florida Department of Health, Lee County, Tobacco Prevention Program. 239-479-4636
 
Moms Appreciation Day
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. to Noon in WINK Playland
Enjoy a little Mom time courtesy of le macaron french pastries while your children attend Kids Crafts. 239-948-3766
 
Baby Rhyme Time
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
10:30 a.m. Weds, Jan. 15, 22, 29
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
 
Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. – Noon
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities in WINK Playland. 239-948-3766
 
Pokemon Poke-Hunt
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,  921 S.W. 39th Terr. 
4 p.m. 
Join your fellow Pokemon trainers to make your own Pokeball and join in a scavenger hunt to catch all the Pokemon. For ages 6-10. Registration is required. 239-479-4636
 
Baby Rhyme Time
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10:30 a.m. Weds, Jan. 15, 22, 29
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
 
Lego Build and Play
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. Weds, Jan. 15, 22, 29
Create and build your own masterpiece with our Lego and Big Briks collection. Gather inspiration from brick-building books or let your imagination run wild. 239-479-4636
 
After School Crew: History
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4 p.m. Weds, Jan. 15, 22, 29
Weekly stories and activities featuring hands-on history. For ages 5-11.  Space is limited. Tickets are available at the Youth Services desk a half-hour before the program begins. 239-479-4636
 
Thu – 16
Baby Rhyme Time
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,  921 S.W. 39th Terr. 
10 a.m. Thurs, Jan. 16, 23, 30
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 & dance. First come, first served. Pick up a Storytime ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. 239-479-4636
 
Saint Andrew Festival
St. Andrew Catholic School, 2628 Del Prado Blvd. Cape Coral
Jan – 16 – 19
Festival with a carnival, rides, games, food and vendors! Thursday, 6 – 10 p.m. •  Friday, 6 – 11 p.m. • Saturday, Noon – 11 pm • Sunday, Noon – 10 p.m.
239-772-3922
 
Game On: Teen Edition
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
4 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 16, 23, 30
Get your game on. Enjoy snacks and make new friends while watching and playing video games on the PS4 and Wii. First come, first served. 239-479-4636
 
Cirque Italia – Gold Unit
JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway S Dr, Fort Myers 
January 16 – 20 
Cirque Italia is coming with the brand new 2020 show!!  All above our 35K gallon water stage, State-Of-The-Art Water Fountains and a mesmerizing water curtain!Combining hand-balancing acts, contortionists that will bend like a pretzel, an amazing Wheel of Death and so much more!
 
Baby Rhyme Time
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. Thurs, Jan. 16, 23, 30
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
 
Teen Thursday Book Exchange
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 23, 30
Bring a book to gift to another and leave with a new-to-you book. Join us as we share our favorite books, make book-themed crafts and enjoy snacks. 239-479-4636
 
Homeschool Exploration: Geography
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
Homeschoolers, join us for a road trip around the world. For ages 5-11. Registration required. Please register each child individually. Your reservation is guaranteed only until the start of the program. Space is limited. 239-479-4636
 
Baby Rhyme Time
North Fort Myers Public Library, 2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE
11 a.m. Thurs, Jan. 16, 23, 30
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
 
Fri – 17
Playdoh Playtime
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 17, 24, 31
Bend, squish and press. Fine motor development, imagination and creativity, language and math, science and discovery; these are the skills that playing with Play-Doh can build. We provide the tools, you provide the creativity. 239-479-4636
 
Ants in Your Pants Dance Party
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10 a.m.
Shake your sillies out at the library. Get ready to twist and shout at this special dance party. We’ll boogie down to pop hits and favorite preschool tunes. For ages 2-5. Registration required. Registration is only guaranteed until the start of the program. 239-479-4636
 
National Kid Inventors Day
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers
5:30 p.m.
Celebrate National Kid Inventor’s Day with a unique evening of hands-on science activities for the whole family in the Edison and Ford Winter Estates Museum! Discover robotics, the science of sound, and test your inventive skills in the Smithsonian Spark!Lab. 239-334-7419
 
Garden Bros Circus
Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero
January 17 – 18
The Garden Brothers three ring circus is back at Hertz Arena for 5 amazing
shows! Presenting a fast paced 90 minute show in a theatrical European 3 ring setting featuring the human pyramid, daring aerial, 6 motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, the Crazy Cossack Horse Riders and comedy with the funniest clowns & jugglers. Come Early! Enjoy our Fun Zone with rides and activities.  Meet and greet all the characters.  Free children’s tickets have been distributed at all elementary schools, preschools, daycare centers and churches. 239-948-7825
 
Elementary Homeschool Connection
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Homeschoolers ages 5-11 and their caregivers are welcome to join us for a fun and educational activity. We’ll engage in science experiments, technology, building, crafting and making of all types. Registration is required. 239-479-4636
 
 
Sat – 18
Florida Wildlife with Everglades Wonder Garden
Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds Street
11 a.m.
Learn more about the native plants and animals of Florida from our friends at Everglades Wonder Garden. Fun for the whole family. Registration is required. 239-479-4636
 
Family Yoga with Kathryn
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. in WINK Playland
BYOM (bring your own mat) to this FREE 45-minute beginners’ yoga class for families. 239-948-3766
 
Thomas A. Edison Regional Science & Inventor Fairs 
Alico Arena
2181 FGCU Lake Pkwy E, Fort Myers
1:30 – 4 p.m.
Approximately 800 students will participate in the Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair and the Thomas A. Edison Regional Inventors Fair. Students from Southwest Florida will be competing 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
 
Celebration in the Sky
Seminole Casino Hotel, 506 S. 1st Street, Immokalee
Saturday, January 18 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
 
Storytime and Activities Featuring Nobody Hugs a Cactus
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace 
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 
11 a.m.
Hank is the prickliest cactus in the entire world and everyone stays away from him. But he is beginning to discover that being alone can be, well, lonely. Join us for Storytime and activities to follow.
239-437-0654
 
Kids Club: Snowman Frame
Michaels
13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers   
10 a.m. – noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy painting a snowman frame . Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $3. 239-215-1730
 
5th Annual Bacon Jam
Centennial Park
2000 W. 1st Street, Fort Myers
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
For Bacon Jam, each vendor must create at least 1 item with the main ingredient being BACON! Bacon Jam is a family-friendly event featuring live local musical entertainment along with plenty of food trucks and restaurants offering delicious food and a free kids area. Admission is $10 for ages 3 and up.  www.96krock.com
 
Tinker Thinkers Club
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10 a.m. 
Tinker around with different materials and use your imagination for creation. For all ages. No registration required.  239-479-4636
 
Breakout EDU: Let it Snow
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m.
For children ages 7-11. We’ve found a way to make snow inside. Well, it’s not real snow, but it’s just as fun. We accidentally locked the directions and ingredients away and need to break the lock. Help us solve this Breakout Edu game with clues, codes, logic and tons of fun. Registration is required. 239-479-4636
 
Sun – 19
Little Leapers: Baby Shark
Sky Zone Fort Myers
14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
Jan. 19 • 9 a.m.
Jan 22 • 10 a.m.
Little Leapers dododododo Little Leapers…it’s Baby Shark Week!  The little ones will have a blast bouncing under the supervision of their parents, without interference from the big kids!  It’s $12.99 per toddler plus one parent plays free; it’s $5.99 for an additional parent to play on the trampolines. Parents & Grandparents are always welcome to watch – it’s free! Ages 7 and under, if they can walk they can jump! 239-313-5448
 
Tue – 21 
Lego Club
Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds Street
6 p.m. 
Join us for a short story and Lego building challenges. Lego pieces are provided for use during this program. For ages 6-11. Registration is requested but not required. 239-479-4636
 
Minute to Win It
North Fort Myers Public Library, 2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE
3:30 p.m. 
Teens will compete for prizes to see who can complete tasks within 60 seconds to win. Middle and high school-age students welcome. 239-479-4636
 
Arctic Birds
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane
Jan. 21-25
Available during normal library operating hours. Check out the book display on arctic birds. Have fun completing activity sheets. Puffins and penguins are particularly adorable. Make a penguin paper plate craft. 239-479-4636
 
Chinese New Year
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4:30 p.m. 
It’s the Year of the Rat. Celebrate the Lunar Year with crafts and activities to bring happiness in the year to come. For children ages 5-11. Registration required. Your reservation is guaranteed only until the start of the program. 239-479-4636
 
COAL
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.
Teens do you need service hours? Northwest Regional Library has a solution. COAL (Compassion, Openness, Acceptance and Learning) is a program available for teens discussing relevant topics, introducing presenters and of course connecting with the community. Light snacks provided. For teens in grades 6-12. 239-479-4636
 
Teen Gaming Night
Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds Street
6 p.m. 
Drop in to the teen area and try out board games and our video game center. For ages 11-18. 239-479-4636
 
Emerging Inventors: Electricity and Energy
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Children and parents will learn, play, and gain valuable social skills while exploring the homes, gardens, and museum. For ages 1-5. 239-334-7419
 
Wed – 22
Teen Anime Drawing & Fan Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
4:30 p.m. 
Share creations, discover new anime and connect with other fans. Colored pencils, pens and paper supplies are provided.  239-479-4636
 
Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. – Noon
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities in WINK Playland. 239-948-3766
 
Thu – 23
Stories and STEAM
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. 
Preschoolers, join us for tinkering, creativity and play with picture books. For ages 2-5.  Registration begins Jan. 2. Register each child individually. Your reservation is guaranteed only until the start of the program. Space is limited. 239-479-4636
 
Auditions Flat Stanley & Magic Tree House
Performances and rehearsals will be located at 5916 Winkler Rd., Fort Myers
Jan. 23-25
 
Fri – 24
PAWS to Read with K-9 Caring Angels Therapy Dogs
Bonita Springs Public Library 
10560 Reynolds Street
3 p.m.
Read with a four-legged friend from Sit Means Sit Dog Training Center. Dogs are the perfect reading companions because they create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment for sharing books. For ages 5-11. No registration required. 239-479-4636
 
Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival
Centennial Park, 
2000 W First St., Fort Myers
Jan 24 – 25
Longest-running Celtic festival in Southwest Florida, on the banks of the beautiful Caloosahatchee River Continuous music! Family friendly! Authentic Celtic food and drink, merchandise & jewelry for sale. www.celticheritageproductions.com
 
Teen STEAM
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.
High school teens, ages 14 -18, are invited to join us for STEAM exploration. We will feature different activities based on the aspects of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Socializing during this event will be highly encouraged, so bring a friend. 239-479-4636
 
Lovers Key Boat Show, Market and Seafood Fest
Lovers Key State Park, 
8700 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Jan 24 – 26
Over 60 feet of broiled, steamed, and fried grouper, snapper, crab, lobster, and more – and prepared plates such as paella, and hot dogs, hamburgers, and French fries, homemade ice cream, and waffles will join our beer tent and our market place filled with nautical themed wares along with some of the finest boats local dealers have to offer at show prices!
 
59th Annual Cracker Day Rodeo
Lee County Posse Arena
17401 Palm Creek Dr, North Fort Myers
Jan. 24  – 26 • 5 p.m.
Contestants come from all over the state to compete. We have our Open Rodeo Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon. Pee Wee/Junior Rodeo on Sunday morning. Admission Tickets: Adults: $20 Military/First Responder: $10 12 and Under: $10 5 and Under: Free Parking: $5 Events include: Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Roping, and Steer Wrestling. Mutton Bustin and calf scramble for the kids! Vendors, food concessions, 50/50 raffle, and cow patty bingo. Friday,
January 24th – Open Rodeo: Gates open at 5pm Rodeo at 6:30. Saturday, January 25 – Open Rodeo: Gates open at 4 p.m. Rodeo at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, January 26 – Pee Wee/Jr Rodeo: 9 a.m. Open Rodeo: Gates open at noon, Rodeo at 1:30 p.m. www.LeeCountyPosse.com
 
Sat – 25 
Special Needs Storytime
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,  921 S.W. 39th Terr. 
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. 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. Registration required. 239-479-4636
 
Storytime and Activities Featuring How to Catch a Dragon
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace 
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 
11 a.m. 
Celebrate Lunar New Year with this fun Storytime! The wily dragon will have to avoid trap after trap as the kids run through paper lanterns, red envelopes, fireworks, and more! Join us and color your own paper lantern to take home. 239-437-0654
 
Peter Pan JR Auditions
Melody Lane Performing Arts Center
Melody Lane PAC, 
75 Mid Cape Ter #1, Cape Coral
9 a.m. – noon
 
ClamJam of Southwest Florida Seafood & Music Festival
German-American Social Club, 
2101 Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral
Jan 25 – 26
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. www.clamjamswfl.com
 
Kids Day
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. to Noon in WINK Playland
Toddlers to 12-year-olds 
participate in fun activities and receive free pizza, ice cream and face painting. 239-948-3766
 
STEAM Saturday
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25
Join us for a family-friendly STEAM exploration. Each month will feature a different activity based on the aspects of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. This is a great opportunity for parents and kids to build, learn and play together. For school-aged children, ages 5-11. 239-479-4636
 
Jammin’ in Cultural Park
Cape Coral Historical Society and Museum 
544 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral
11 a.m.
Formerly known as our Bluegrass Jamboree, this year’s event has been rebranded as Jammin’ in Cultural Park and will feature local acts Signal III, Soulixer and Sheena Brook. Gates open at 11 and music begins at noon. Food trucks and vendors will be on site and, as an added bonus, the Museum will also be open to all ticket holders during the event. Jammin’ is a chance for families to gather at the Museum for an afternoon of wonderful music, great food, and fascinating history. 239-772-7037
 
Make an Impact: Earn Volunteer Service Hours at Your Library
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25
Have fun, get creative and earn volunteer service hours in the process. Join us in creating bookmarks for readers of all ages at the library. For middle and high school students, ages 11-18. All supplies will be provided.   239-479-4636
 
Game Day
Riverdale Branch Library 
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
Noon Saturday, Jan. 25
Drop in to play your favorite tabletop games with your family &  friends. The library has a wide selection of games or bring your own. All ages are welcome. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
239-479-4636
 
Family Art Labs
Lee County Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers
10 a.m. – Noon
Explore something new every month like art making, gallery activities, games and more – all inspired by artworks on view in the gallery, famous artists, national holidays and artistic traditions around the world.   239-939-2787
 
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. Children 2 – 15 will be able to pet, groom, and feed horses, enjoy pony/horse riding in the covered riding arena, hop in the bounce house, munch lunch, and have a blast with the live horse painting!  Pre-register by phone or e-mail to reserve your spot – limited spots. Pre-pay by credit card (recommended) or cash at gate.  info@CapeHorses.com 239-738-9300
 
Special Needs Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25
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. 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. Registration begins Jan. 4. 239-479-4636
 
Festival of Kites
Babcock Ranch
42850 Crescent Loop
Noon – 5 p.m.
Join us for a fun-filled day as Babcock Ranch celebrates our love of the land! We’ll be showcasing our new and improved Jack Peeples Park Playground and Nature Trail, which will be open to event-goers at the Babcock Ranch Festival of Kites event. World-renowned kite makers and pilots will showcase their talents in: Kite making, Kite flying Large kites and inflatables,
Kite making – Free kite kits. www.babcockranch.com
 
Sun – 26
Gumbo Fest
Shell Factory Nature Park 
2787 N Tamiami Trl., N. Fort Myers
Sunday, Jan. 26 • 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Festival Food, Rides & Games. Live Zydeco Music & More!!  Children free admission to the nature park with paid adult. Over 400 animals from alligators to a zebra! Raccoons, Coatimundis, Kinkajous & Lemurs are just a few who call the  4 1/2 acre nature park home. Meet Zack our miniature Zebu, Hampton our mini pig and our African Porcupines and play with our Dwarf Nigerian Goats! Also, Dinosaur Park, a  playground, picnic area & outdoor butterfly garden. 239-995-3999
 
Mon – 27
Little Makers STEM Stations
Bonita Springs Public Library 
10560 Reynolds Street
10:30 a.m. 
Discover, build, create. Preschoolers aged 2-5 are invited to a morning of fine-motor building and sensory play activities. Construct with Lego pieces, create with Play-Doh, dig in the sand and more. 239-479-4636
 
Little Racers
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Children ages 2-5 will build and race through our little library town with cars, trucks and anything that zooms. We provide the vehicles, roadways and buildings; you bring your imagination. 239-479-4636
 
Homeschool Connection: Mystery STEM Challenge
South County Regional Library 
21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
10 a.m. 
Homeschoolers, test your creative thinking and problem-solving skills with our Mystery STEM Challenge. We will be using a variety of materials and work as a team to solve a problem. Are you up for the challenge? For ages 5-11.  239-479-4636
 
Tween STEAM
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27
Tweens, ages 11-13 are invited to join us for STEAM exploration. We will feature different activities based on the aspects of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Socializing during this event will be highly encouraged, so bring a friend. 239-479-4636
 
Mindful Me
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4 p.m. 
Join us for a relaxing experience as we unite our body, heart and mind through yoga stretches, stories and quiet activities using our senses. For ages 5-11. Registration begins Jan. 6. Register each child individually. Your reservation is guaranteed only until the start of the program. Space is limited. 239-479-4636
 
Middle School Homeschool Connection
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m.
Meet new friends as we tackle various STEAM topics in this monthly program designed to spark dialogue and facilitate creative thinking. This program encourages creativity and teaches fundamental skills in science. For ages 11-14. 239-479-4636
 
Writing Club
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,  
921 S.W. 39th Terr. 
5 p.m.
Do you love writing but have difficulty finding time and a quiet space to work on your story? Then join us for a quiet writing session with some brief socializing and sharing. Bring a writing notebook or laptop as supplies are limited. For ages 11 and up.  239-479-4636
 
Tue – 28 
Tech-Tacular Tuesday
Bonita Springs Public Library 
10560 Reynolds Street
6 p.m.
Experience new technology and learn coding languages at this monthly event. All materials provided. Registration required. For ages 11-18. 239-479-4636
 
Lego on a Stick
Riverdale Branch Library 
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
4 p.m. 
Celebrate International Lego Day with this simple craft. All supplies will be provided. 239-479-4636
 
Family Storytime: Books and Blankets
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
6:15 p.m. 
Join us with your blankies for this nighttime edition of family storytime. 239-479-4636
 
Family Movie Night
Riverdale Branch Library 
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
5 p.m. 
An ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average minifigure is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which he is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. This movie is Rated PG. Some material may not be suitable for children. 239-479-4636
 
UNO, UNO, UNO
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.
Do you consider yourself a champion UNO player? Put your skill and luck to the test against your friends at our
teen UNO tournament. For ages 11-18. 239-479-4636
 
Inuits: People of the Arctic
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane
Jan. 28-31
Available during normal library operating hours. The Inuit people live in the far northern areas of Alaska, Canada, Siberia and Greenland. Check out the display books featuring Inuits and their culture and make a snow goggle. 239-479-4636
 
Anime Club
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,  
921 S.W. 39th Terr. 
4:30 p.m. 
For teens and tweens interested in anime, manga and Japanese culture. Watch anime with friends & make themed crafts. For ages 11-18. 239-479-4636
 
Wed – 29 
Puzzles, Puzzles
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
11 a.m. 
Celebrate National Puzzle and challenge yourself with a puzzle. Whether it’s a crossword, jigsaw, trivia, word searches, brain teasers or Soduku, put your mind to work and join the fun. 239-479-4636
 
Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. – Noon
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities in WINK Playland. 239-948-3766
 
National Puzzle Day
North Fort Myers Public Library 
2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE
3-5 p.m. 
It’s National Puzzle Day. Exercise your brain and join others in working a
challenging jigsaw or crossword puzzle. All ages welcome. 239-479-4636
 
Tween Art Club: Puppet Making
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
4:30 p.m. 
Design and create your own
puppet. All supplies are provided.  239-479-4636
 
Fri – 31
Daddy/Daughter Date Night
Cape Coral Yacht Club
5819 Driftwood Pkwy
6 – 9 p.m.
This enchanting evening for girls and their dads including music, dancing, door prizes, catered hot & cold appetizers, refreshments and even a special photo by a professional photographer to capture the moment. This event is for children 4+ yrs $50 per couple / additional girl $15. 239-574-0804
 
Ghost Walk Play
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero
Shows at 6:45 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 
7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. & 8 p.m. 
Experience the unique history of this unusual community as actors in period costumes portray the founding of the Koreshan Unity Settlement on the ground where it actually took place over 100 years ago. Tickets are $25 each with a limit of 30 tickets per performance. Tickets available online only at www.friendsofkoreshan.org
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