Calendar

MAY

Wed – 1
Baby Rhyme Time
Bonita Springs Public Library  26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs
10:30 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. Caregivers are encouraged to model proper storytime etiquette by remaining in the room and participating with baby during this program.  239-479-4636

 

2019 Travel Rally – Boom! Pow! Zap! 
Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers
Wednesday, May 1 • 4 – 7 p.m. 
Local residents and tourism employees, come learn more about tourism by visiting nearly 100 Travel Fair exhibitors. Watch the hilarious Tourism Races and visit the Kidz Kraziness Korner. Bring your families for lots of free activities. Tourism Races: Kids Luggage Lug, Bellman’s Race, Make that Bed!, Waiter’s Race for the Gold and more. Rain Date: Thursday, May 2. 239-590-4855

 

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

 

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

 

Teen Talent Night
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First St, Fort Myers
6 – 9 p.m.
SWFL young artists and performers are invited to take part in Teen Talent Night, produced by the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Junior Board! Teens 13 – 17 can enter visual art, dance, film, music, or theater categories for a chance to win cash prizes. Participate for a chance to win, or come out to support SWFL young talent! Visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933 for more info.

 

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

 

Vaping 101 (teen)
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. – Grades 9-12
4:30 p.m. – Grades 6 – 8
Learn the dangers of electronic nicotine delivery systems. Parents are encouraged to attend. Program information will be provided by the Florida Department of Health, Lee County, Tobacco Prevention Specialists.  239-479-4636

 

After School Crew: Music
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4 p.m. Wednesdays, May 1, 8
Weekly stories and activities featuring hands-on activities about music. For grades K-5. No registration required, but space is limited. Tickets are available at the Youth Services desk a half-hour before the program begins.  239-479-4636

 

Baby Rhyme Time
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
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

 

Cape Coral Kids Book Club: “Ghosts” by Raina Telgemeier
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
3:30 p.m. 
Cat and her family move to Bahia de la Luna, a town with residents both human and ghostly. Join us to discuss this spooky book over juice and snacks. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Thu – 2
Bubblemania
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
Location: N. Cornog Plaza. Go nuts over these soapy spheres and dance to some favorite kids’ tunes. All ages welcome.  239-479-4636

 

Baby Rhyme Time
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
10 a.m. 
Pick up a Storytime ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. 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

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Feather Flowers
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
3:30 p.m. 
Children in grades K-3 can join us for an afternoon of art. We’ll read “Linnea in Monet’s Garden” and construct feather flowers.  239-479-4636

 

Homeschool Exploration: Florida
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
Homeschoolers, join us for a road trip around our sunshine state, 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. Your reservation is guaranteed only until the start of the program. 239-479-4636

 

Teen Book Social
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
4:30 p.m. 
Read any good books lately?  Come to our book social. Share what you’re reading while bonding over snacks and games. For ages 11-18.  239-479-4636

 

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4:15 p.m. 
Be the change you want to see in the world. Learn about issues that affect our community and inspire change through monthly community service projects at the library. Guest speakers, materials for the service projects and snacks provided. For teens in grades 6-12. New projects every month.  239-479-4636

 

Fri – 3
Baby Rhyme Time
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
9:30 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.  239-479-4636

 

High School Showcase
Center for Visual Arts, 
26100 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs
May 3 – 10
Reception: Friday, May 3, 6-8 p.m. 239-495-8989

 

Art on the Farm – Kinder Clay Class
Shaker’s Acres South
Bayshore & Slater, North Fort Myers
May 3 & 17 • 9 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 (ages 3-6) 239-699-9987

 

Digital Lee
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First St, Fort Myers
6 p.m.
Lee County Students participate each season in Digital Lee, a showcase of student work in the digital art field. See this inspiring art show open in the Capital Gallery on Friday, May 3rd at 6 p.m. during Art Walk. Visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933 for more info.

 

Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Chick-fil-A Pine Island Road
1790 NE Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
5:30-7:30 p.m. & Saturday 
May 4, from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Details: Drop your stuffed animal friends for a Slumber Party! Join us for free food, crafts, faceprinting, and dinner with the cow. And come back to pick them up Saturday morning for more crafts and fun! 239-242-8748

 

Sat – 4
An Afternoon at the Movies (teen)
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
1 p.m.
In a period of great conflict, a group of unlikely heroes led by a daring fugitive and a rebel spy, band together on a desperate mission to steal the plans to the enemy’s ultimate weapon of destruction. Rated PG-13.  239-479-4636

 

Kids Club: Flower Frame For Mom
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. $3. 239-215-1730

 

Bricks on the Cape
Gulf Middle School
1809 SW 36th Terrace, Cape Coral
10 a.m.
Broke4Bricks Inc, a non profit corporation, is hosting Cape Coral’s first LEGO Brick Experience where proceeds benefit Autism Awareness. The event entry will be FREE and will include interactive LEGO brick activities for all ages. Some attractions include: MOC  “My Own Creation” Contest for all ages, a DUPLO play area for kids 2-5, a Vehicle Build & Race Event, Collectible Minifigure Trading,  LEGO Raffle Give-a-ways and a special May the 4th (be with you) LEGO Star Wars Display including collectible merchandise for sale. www.broke4bricks.com

 

Super Fun Saturday
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10 a.m.
May the 4th be with You. Don’t let Darth Vader draw you to the dark side, but join us for Star Wars-themed activities and crafts.  239-479-4636

 

Free Comic Book Day
Comics Cards and Stuff
2215-J Winkler Ave., Fort Myers
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Celebrating its 18th year, Free Comic Book Day is exactly what it’s name says: an annual event where we give away a selection of specially produced comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into our store, with no purchase required. FCBD has grown into a bigger and better event each year, and this year promises to be no exception. Comics Cards and Stuff, now in it’s new and improved location in the Edison Park 8 Plaza, is also planning to promote the event with a large sale, raffles, charity auction, costume contest and special giveaways – and lots more – along with appearances by several “super heroes”, several comic creators and other surprises!  239-939-0878

 

Make an Impact: Earn Service Hours at Your Library
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
2 – 4 p.m. 
Make an impact in your community and earn service hours in the process. Help us clip coupons for deployed service members who call Lee County home. We are working in conjunction with Military Support Program of Lee Health on this project. For children and teens in grades 6-12. Drop in any time between 2-4 p.m. All supplies will be provided.  239-479-4636

 

Science Saturday
IMAG History & Science Center 
2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Get messy at The IMAG during this fizzy, foamy, slimy event! Throw on a poncho and googles and help us launch 100 Mentos fountains and 1,000 Alka Seltzer Rockets! Kick off your shoes and try walking across a pool of Oobleck! theimag.org

 

Home Depot Kids Workshop: 
Blooming Art 
Home Depot, Various locations
9 a.m.  –  noon
Make Mom’s day with a handmade blooming art piece. In this hands-on workshop you and your child can discuss the art of patience as you build a blooming work of art to gift or put on display. Once it is built, your child can decorate it with paint. 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. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.  www.homedepot.com/workshops

 

Storytime and Activities Featuring High Five
Barnes & Noble Marketplace SC
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Limber up those hands and learn how to high five with finesse. Join us for Storytime and activities, and get a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4! 239-437-0654

 

Bilingual Family Storytime
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
10 a.m. Saturday, May 4
Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of prereading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories. ​For ages birth – five years. 239-479-4636

 

Cloudscape Clues
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
Noon
Join us for a family-friendly program studying cloud clues and learning about our atmosphere. A part of the Globe Observer program.  239-479-4636

 

Special Needs Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Books, music and sensory experiences for children ages 3-12 with special needs and their families. Registration required. 239-479-4636

 

Sun – 5
24th Annual Taste of the Beach
Old San Carlos Blvd.
The 24th Annual Taste of the Beach will be held Sunday, May 5 on Old San Carlos Blvd. just down the street from Times Square. Food will be served 10 a.m. until it runs out or at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and children over 12. Children under 12 are free. Food tickets will be $1 each, with a $5 average food serving price. Live music will be provided. 239-454-7500

 

Cinco De Mayo
Fleamasters Fleamarket
4135 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Fort Myers
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Latin dance party, strolling Maraichi Band, Chihua Contest, street food and beverage specials. Fleamall.com

 

Cinco De Mayo
Edison Mall
4125 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
3- 5 p.m.
Music, chips and more! Free. www.shopedisonmall.com

 

Mon – 6
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

 

Teen Advisory Group
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
4:30 p.m. Monday, May 6
Need volunteer hours? Then join us each month for a different service project at the library. All materials provided, no registration needed. For ages 11-18.  239-479-4636

 

STEAM Club: Stomp Rocket Mania
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4:30 p.m. Monday, May 6
Be ready for fun experiments and projects as we explore the world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Please dress appropriately for the creative process (dress for mess). For grades K – 5. Registration required.  239-479-4636

 

Movie Monday
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. Monday, May 6
A teen balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City. For teens in grades 9-12. Bring your own refreshments. 239-479-4636

 

Mindful Me
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
6 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 grades K-5.  Registration requred. 239-479-4636

 

Baby Rhyme Time
South County Regional Library 
21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
10 a.m.
During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, sing, read books and dance. An informal playtime will follow the program. Registration is required  239-479-4636

 

Tue – 7
Symphony Storytime
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
10 a.m. 
A tuneful take on Family Storytime offered in partnership with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra. This special storytime will be held in the Adult Meeting Room.  239-479-4636

 

Hobby Horse Tournament
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4 p.m. 
Participants will make their own hobby horses and then participate in a tournament. For grades K-5. Please register each child individually. Your reservation is guaranteed only until the start of the program. Registration required.  239-479-4636

 

D&D for Teens
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m. 
This is a collaborative storytelling group for teens using the role playing game Dungeons and Dragons. No experience is required.  239-479-4636

 

Family Night: Mother’s Day Craft
Chick-fil-A Cypress Lake
13610 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
5 – 7 p. m.
Join us for a craft to celebrate your special mom or grandmother. 239-433-9030

 

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.  239-463-4588. Regular Entrance Fees Apply

 

Little Makers STEM Stations
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
Discover, build, create. Preschoolers ages 2-5 are welcome to a morning of construction with LEGOs, magnetic tiles, giant blocks and more. Kids can also create with a STEM kit, or get into tactile sensory play foam, sand and play-doh. Registration is 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. We watch anime together & make themed crafts. For ages 11-18. 239-479-4636

 

Family Fun Movie Night: Disney’s “Christopher Robin”
Riverdale Branch Library 
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
5:30 p.m. 
This heartwarming live action adventure, Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” is rated PG for some action sequences. Winnie-the-Pooh and friends help Christopher Robin rediscover his childhood and look for the joy in his life. 239-479-4636

 

Kindness Club
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4 p.m. 
Join us at the library to create kindness in our community. Kids can participate in fun activities designed to encourage kindness & help make the world a better place. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

DIY Stress Balls
South County Regional Library 
21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
6:15 p.m. 
Your health matters. As the school year comes to a close, are you feeling a little stressed-out and in need of some calm in your life? Drop in and create your own stress ball to take your mind off your stressors and calm your nerves. Repeatedly squeezing it helps to release tension as well as pent-up emotions. All supplies are provided while they last. For ages 11-18.  239-479-4636

 

Mother of All Crafts
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Rd., Bokeelia
Noon 
Patrons and caregivers will have a chance to complete Mothers’ Day themed crafts while their children watch a family friendly film and play with educational toys. Crafting is reserved for adults while children enjoy free play and select coloring sheets. 239-479-4636

 

High School Musical Awards
Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall
13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers
7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849

 

Wed – 8
Citizen Science: A NASA Pilot Program
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
11:30 a.m. 
This hands-on interactive program will teach you how to become a citizen scientist for NASA. You’ll learn how to use the GLOBE app to record and submit your observations to NASA, as well as demonstrate some of the conditions you might encounter in your own backyards. Registration required. 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

 

Books and Bites
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m. 
Read your favorite travel book and then share it with friends as we enjoy some tea and cookies.  239-479-4636

 

Special Needs Sensory Storytime
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
11 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

 

Bathtime and Bubbles
North Fort Myers Public Library
50 Pine Island Rd, N. Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. 
Join us for bathtime stories and bubble fun. 239-479-4636

 

Thu – 9
Fandom Therapy: Musicals
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
4:30 p.m. 
Are you a fan of musicals like “Hamilton,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Dear Evan Hansen” or “Wicked”? Share your love of musicals with us at the library. There will be trivia, discussion and sharing of popular video clips. For ages 11 – 18. 239-479-4636

 

We Love Unicorns
South County Regional Library 
21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
10 a.m. 
Calling all preschoolers. Join us for a magical Unicorn storytime featuring books, flannel boards, activities and crafts. For ages 2-5. All children attending must be registered. Some activities may be messy, so dress for mess.  Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Teen: COAL
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2:30 p.m. 
High School students do you need service hours? Northwest Regional Library has a solution. COAL (Compassion, Openness, Acceptance and Learning) is a new program available for teens discussing relevant topics, introducing presenters and, of course, connecting with the community. Light snacks will be provided. 239-479-4636

 

Willy Wonka Jr.
Bonita Springs Middle Center for the Arts!
10141 W Terry St, Bonita Springs
May 9-10
239-992-4422

 

Baby & Me
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
This special program is designed just for babies and their caregivers with rhymes, literacy activities and more. Please dress babies for some messy play. For ages up to 23 months. Please register each child individually. Your reservation is guaranteed only until the start of the program. Registration required. 239-479-4636

 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Party
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10:30 a.m. 
Get ready for a Grrr-ific time at our party with all things Daniel Tiger. Registration is not required. 239-479-4636

 

Fri – 10
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, crafting and making of all types. Learn about research tools the library has to offer for home educators and their children. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Newsies
Florida Repertory Theatre
2268 Bay Street, Fort Myers
May 10 – 11 at 7 p.m. 
May 11 – 12 at 2 p.m.
May 15 – 17 at 7 p.m. 
May 19 at 2 p.m.
Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies showcases a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family! Tickets–Students: $10 Adults: $20 – $25. 239-332-4665 ext.1551

 

Movie in the Park – Smallfoot
Centennial Park, 
2000 West First St, Fort Myers
7 p.m.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair to enjoy this fun family event. 239-321-7529

 

Fireworks Friday and Faith & Family Night, Colton Dixon Concert
Hammond Stadium
14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers
6:30 p.m.
Join us for a night of faith, fellowship, and our National Pastime. Plus, stick around after the game for a concert from American Idol alum and award winning Christian artist Colton Dixon! Miracle vs Tampa Tarpons. www.mlb.com

 

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. 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. 239-479-4636

 

Princess Night 
Chick-fil-A Cypress Lake
13610 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
May 10, 5 – 7 p.m.
Come enjoy an enchanted evening and have the royal treatment. Crafts, make-up, nails, tattoos, crowns, sashes and more. 239-433-9030

 

Sat – 11
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. 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

 

Dog Days & Country Concert
Hammond Stadium
14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers
5 p.m.
Saturdays mean baseball and fun for the whole family, including your dogs! All dogs get in to each Saturday game for free, courtesy of Lee County Domestic Animal Services. Plus, Country Night & Party at the Park with Russell Dickerson/Uncle Kracker Concert. Miracle vs Tampa Tarpons  www.mlb.com

 

Snores & Roars
The Shell Factory and Nature Park
2787 N Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers
May 11, 6 p.m. – May 12, 9 a.m.
Camp out in our Nature Park with the animals and enjoy the sounds of nature. Lots of activities for the kids $39 Per person. Includes pizza, snacks, and continental breakfast. Pre-registration required. 239-995-2141 ext 110

 

Astronomy Night
Seahawk Park
1030 NW 28th St, Cape Coral
7:45  – 11:59 p.m.
Join the Southwest Florida Astronomical Society for a fun, free evening of night sky observation at Seahawk Park. Beginning just after sunset, take a look through several telescopes and talk to experts from the society about what can be seen.   This is fantastic fun for people of all ages!  239-573-3128

 

Teen Screen: Mother Edition
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Rd., Bokeelia
10 a.m. 
Come in for a chance to screen new and classic teen films with a focus on mothers. Adult coloring sheets will be available during the event. Note: movies played during this event can range in ratings from G to PG-13. 239-479-4636

 

Movie Under The Stars – A Wrinkle In Time
Coconut Point, Estero
Dusk
Enjoy an evening under the stars with a movie 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

 

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! $20/child, lunch and all activities included. – treat bag for every reg. child. 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

 

Storytime and Activities Featuring In a Minute, Mama Bear
Barnes & Noble Marketplace SC
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
When Mama Bear decides to throw the to-do list out the window and spend the day playing and relaxing in the park with baby Bella Bear, they find that sometimes, when things don’t go as planned, they can still have a whole lot of fun. 239-437-0654

 

Baby Rhyme Time
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10 a.m.
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. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and babies in the neighborhood. 239-479-4636

 

Crafterday Morning: Don’t Judge a Journal by its Cover
Riverdale Branch Library 
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
Repurpose book covers to create your own unique journal. Great for your book lists and keeping track of your favorite authors. 239-479-4636

 

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

 

7th Annual Key Lime Festival
Fishermen’s Village
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Key lime specialties, music, vendors, juggler, face painting fun from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Singer Michael Hirst will perform from 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

 

Kids Club: Paper Flower for Mom
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. $3. 239-215-1730

 

Performing Arts Workshop for Children
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
Noon 
SLV Workshop Services will complement the education of elementary school-aged children by providing them with a creative outlet to express themselves through acting, music and dance activities. Participants must be currently enrolled in grades K-5. Registration is not required but space is limited to 25. 239-479-4636

 

Mother/Daughter/GrandDaughter Look-Alike Contest
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
11 a.m. near Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store
Mothers, daughters and granddaughters compete for prizes in this annual family event.  239-948-3766

 

Kids to Parks Day
Centennial Park, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
There will be games, activities and food for all ages. Potato sack race, dance contest, chalk of the walk, street hockey, bounce houses, arts and crafts, prizes and more. www.cityftmyers.com

 

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

 

Mon – 13
Writing Club
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
5 p.m. 
Do you love writing fanfiction? Poetry? Short stories, novels or essays? Then join other interested writers for a writing session followed by a chance to share your work for feedback. (Sharing your work is optional.) You are encouraged to bring your own supplies as the library has a limited number of laptops and notebooks available. For ages 11 up. 239-479-4636

 

Tue – 14
Bored? Game Night!
Riverdale Branch Library 
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
5:30 p.m. 
Drop in for an evening of tabletop games. Bring your family, friends and neighbors, or meet new people in your community. The library has tons of games to choose from, but you’re welcome to bring your own. This month’s featured game is Kingdomino. All ages are welcome; children under 13 must be accompanied by a participating adult. 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 – 15
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 12 are invited to participate in fun activities in WINK Playland. 239-948-3766

 

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 Reservations are required.  239-463-4588 Regular Entrance Fees Apply

 

Fri – 17
22nd Annual Mother / Son Night of Fun
Cape Coral Yacht Club
5819 Driftwood Pkwy. 
6 – 9 p.m.
(4+ yrs) This enchanting evening for boys and moms will be held at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. Enjoy music, dancing, door prizes, catered hot & cold appetizers, refreshments and even a special photo by a professional photographer to capture the moment for each couple! Limited tickets! $50 Res/ $60 Non-Res. 239-574-0804

 

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. Reservations are required.  239-463-4588 Regular Entrance Fees Apply

 

Elementary & Middle School Exhibition
Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs
May 17 – 24
Reception: Friday, May 17, 5-7 p.m. 239-495-8989

 

FREE Family Movie Night – Moana
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers,
Friday, May 17 • 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy Moana under the stars in the gardens of Edison Ford. Bring chairs or a blanket! Tours of the site are not included with this free event. 239-334-7419

 

Willy Wonka Jr
Center for Performing Arts – Hinman Auditorium
10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs
 May 17 & 18 • 7 p.m. and May 18 & 19 • 2 p.m. 
Join the CFABS Youth Players as the delicious adventures of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences.  239-495-8989

 

Sat – 18
Family Yoga
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

 

Kids Club: Mama & Baby Birds’ Nest
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. $3. 239-215-1730

 

History Saturday
IMAG History & Science Center 
2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fun for all ages to discover the wonders of science and history, providing a large open environment to explore over 60 hands-on exhibits. Feed a stingray, touch animals in the LIVE! Animal Encounter shows, and visit the Living Lab to see turtles, snakes, frogs, a bearded dragon!  Gaze at the Florida native, and exotic fish in the 3,200-gallon aquarium and more. theimag.org

 

Storytime and Activities Featuring Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Barnes & Noble Marketplace SC
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
With his trademark use of humorous verse and illustrations, Dr. Seuss addresses the ups and downs life presents while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within them all. 239-437-0654

 

Kids’ Book Hangout
Barnes & Noble Marketplace SC
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
2 p.m.
Join us for our Kids’ Book Hangout and discover your next favorite book. Enjoy games, activities, and giveaways, and save on featured books. 239-437-0654

 

Sun – 19
DQ Family Funday & Mother and Son Day
Hammond Stadium
14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers
1 p.m.
It’s a special day for all Mothers & Sons to enjoy a ballgame with the Miracle and take advantage of our special Mother & Son ticket package for this game only with two tickets for just $10! Arrive early as all fans can play catch on the field from 12-12:30 before the game. After the game all kids 12 and under can run the bases!
Miracle vs St. Lucie Mets. www.mlb.com

 

Mon – 20
Game Night
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
5 p.m.
Come to this monthly drop-in program to try your hand at a variety of board and video games. 239-479-4636

 

Tue – 21
Family Night: Cookie with a Cop
Chick-fil-A Cypress Lake
13610 S. Tamiami Tr, Fort Myers
5 – 7 p.m.
Come meet the Lee County Sheriff’s Officers. Fun puzzles, meet and greet, and cookie decorating  239-433-9030

 

Wed – 22
TED Talk and Hands-on with Virtual Reality
Riverdale Branch Library 
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
11 a.m. •  May 22, 29
Short video talks to inspire you to share ideas. Coffee and hot tea provided. Stick around after this week’s discussion for a hands-on demonstration of Google Earth VR on the Oculus Rift.*Due to manufacturer’s health warnings for the use of the Oculus Rift, this program is not open to children under the age of 13. 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
Hands-on with Virtual Reality: First Contact
Riverdale Branch Library 
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
2 p.m. Thursday, May 23
Noon Saturday, May 25
Get a hands-on introduction to immersive virtual reality with the Oculus Rift and Oculus First Contact experience. Get answers to any questions you may have about this emerging technology and enjoy an engaging conversation about the future of information and entertainment. It is recommended that those with no prior VR experience attend a First Contact program before attending other Hands-On with Virtual Reality programs at our library. Registration for this program is recommended. Drop-ins are welcome but cannot be guaranteed hands-on experience. Registered participants will be guaranteed hands-on experience on a first-registered, first-served basis.*Due to manufacturer’s health warnings for the use of the Oculus Rift, this program is not open to children under the age of 13. 239-479-4636

 

Fri – 24
Hands-On With Virtual Reality:  Google Earth VR
Riverdale Branch Library 
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
2 p.m.
Get hands-on experience with immersive virtual reality using the Oculus Rift and Google Earth VR. Fly over and through exotic locations around the world or take a street-level walk through distant cities. Get answers to any questions you may have about this emerging technology and enjoy an engaging conversation about the future of information and entertainment. It is recommended that those with no prior VR experience attend a First Contact program before attending other Hands-On with Virtual Reality programs at our library. Registration is recommended. Drop-ins are welcome, but cannot be guaranteed hands-on experience. Registered participants will be guaranteed hands-on experience on a first-registered, first-served basis.*Due to manufacturer’s health warnings for the use of the Oculus Rift, this program is not open to children under the age of 13. 239-479-4636

 

Jack and the Beanstalk
Broadway Palm Children’s Theatre
1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
May 24 – June 14  
Fee. Fi. Fo. Fum. We smell a musical for everyone! This splendid spin on the classic tale tells the story of Jack, who goes into town to sell his cow for money, but instead trades the cow for magic beans. He plants the beans and, to his surprise, they grow a tall stalk. Join us as Jack discovers what’s at the top of this GIANT beanstalk. 239-278-4422

 

Summer Teen Glow Party
Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First St, Fort Myers
7 – 11 p.m. 
Throughout the night, three very talented teen DJs get the chance to spin live for their friends and fans. See DJ Vivyd, DJ Aznoh, and DJ Monarc. Each student has participated in DJ Tommy Giaime’s Art of DJing courses at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Teens planning to attend Finally Summer! Teen Glow Party will need to be between the ages of 14 and 18, and will need to provide a school ID in order to enter the party. No one over 18 is allowed without a valid student ID.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Every ticket purchased receives 50% off coupon for an Intro to DJ two hour lesson, valued at $100. For more info and tickets, visit  www.sbdac.com

 

Manatee Talk
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
10 a.m.
Meet with a Park Naturalist for an interesting and informative talk about our local Manatees.  Learn what these fascinating creatures are all about and how you can help protect them.  Reservations are required.  239-463-4588. Regular Entrance Fees Apply

 

Sat – 25
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 other goodies. 239-948-3766

 

Storytime and Activities featuring Aladdin
Barnes & Noble Marketplace SC
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Celebrate the release of the live-action movie with this Storytime. Activities to follow. 239-437-0654

 

Kids Club: Patriotic Cookies
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. $3. 239-215-1730

 

Tue – 28
Bubble Disco
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
10 a.m.
Come join us for a morning of bubbles, music and dancing  239-479-4636

 

Family Night: 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!  239-433-9030

 

Preschool Dance Party
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
Let’s rock out to some amazing music, use the parachute and instruments and dance until we drop during this super energetic program. Little ones will be nap-time ready after our preschool dance party. This program is appropriate for walkers through age five. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

The Carnival is Coming!
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2 p.m. 
No rides will be on premises but there will be games galore. Come celebrate the end of school by trying your luck and winning prizes. No money or tickets needed and everyone leaves a winner. Find out information on our Summer Reading Program. For teens in grades 6-12. 239-479-4636
Wed – 29
2019 Summer Reading Program Kickoff
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
Noon 
It’s that time of year. Join the library at our kickoff celebration for the 2019 Summer Reading program. There will be fun, games, community representatives and food trucks for various tastes. 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

 

Tween Art Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m. 
Tweens ages 9 – 13 are invited to create a new art project each month. This month we’ll create art with duct tape. All supplies are provided.  239-479-4636

 

Family Fort Building
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
6 p.m. 
Join the library for another Family Fort Building Extravaganza. Build a fort, tell stories together and get creative with crayons. For ages 2-12.  239-479-4636

 

Dance Party
North Fort Myers Public Library
50 Pine Island Rd, N. Fort Myers
10:30 a.m.
Join us for stories, music and dancing. 239-479-4636

 

Mommy and Me Yoga
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10:30 a.m. 
Come stretch, play and have fun with your little one during this Mommy and Me Yoga class with Shanna Bryant of Kids Yoga. Create healthy, happy memories with your child through music, movement and creativity. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a large towel or yoga mat and a bottle of water. For children ages 6 to 24 months with their caregivers. Registration begins May 1. 239-479-4636