Calendar

July

Mon – 1
Camp Creativity Retro – Cool Crafts 
Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
Travel back in time to make popular trends from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Kids will enjoy painting a pet rock. Ages 3+, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.$3. 239-215-1730

 

Writing Club
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
5 p.m. 
Join other interested writers for a writing session followed by optional sharing and feedback opportunities. Bring a notebook or laptop as supplies are limited. For ages 11 & up. 239-479-4636

 

Chess Anyone?
East County Regional Library  881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. Mondays July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Chess enthusiasts of all ages are welcome. Bring your own chess set or use one of ours.  239-479-4636

 

Tue – 2
Family Night: Fourth of July craft
Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake, 13610 S Tamiami Tr., Fort Myers 
5 – 7 p.m. 239-433-9030

 

Summer Movie Express: Despicable Me 3 & Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
Regal Cinemas Bell Tower and Regal Gulf Coast & IMAX, Fort Myers 
July 2 – 3  • 10 a.m.
Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Each week both movies play on both days.

 

Clean Beaches Week
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples
Visitors to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center can celebrate Clean Beaches Week on Tuesday, July 2 with buy one get one free entrance. No registration necessary. 239-530-5940

 

Phases of the Moon (teen)
Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Rd, , Fort Myers
July 2 – 6
Available during normal library operating hours. Learn the phases of the moon with this handy DIY activity. Supplies provided while they last. (teen) 239-479-4636

 

Self-Directed Children’s Activity
Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch, 1215 Roberts Avenue W, Immokalee
9 – 4 p.m.

 

Wed – 3
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. Our new Kids Crafts Reward Card is good for a $10 Miromar Outlets gift card after your fifth visit. 239-948-3766

 

Reading in the Refuge
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island
Every Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Attendees of each 45-minute reading-and-crafts session learn about a refuge animal and make a take-home craft related to it. Meet in the Visitor & Education Center classroom. 239-472-1100

 

Camp Creativity Retro – Cool Crafts
Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
Travel back in time to make popular trends from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Kids will enjoy creating friendship bracelets. Ages 3+, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. $3. 239-215-1730

 

Thu – 4
Ft. Myers Beach Fireworks & Parade
Times Square, Fort Myers Beach
Thursday, July 4 • 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Festivities kick off with a 10 a.m. parade up Estero Boulevard. Then, 15 minutes after sunset, one of the region’s most spectacular fireworks shows shoots off from the Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier. Times Square will have patriotic activities from noon to 2 p.m.  Activities include patriotic crafts, a watermelon eating contest and a dunk tank. That’s the main event, but restaurants and others step up the festivities with music and activity in the Times Square & beach.  239-454-7500

 

Annual 4th of July Celebration                             
Fishermen’s Village 
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Festivities will include live music and dancing, Harpoon Harry’s will offer kids’ crafts, treats and face painting, bathing suit and Hula Hoop contests. Freedom Swim on Charlotte Harbor from the North bound end of the Peace River Bridge at 2 p.m.Viewing of the fireworks display over Charlotte Harbor begins at 9 pm. Admission and parking are free!  941-575-3007

 

4th of July Freedom Fest
Downtown Fort Myers 
Thursday, July 4  •  6-10 p.m.
Festivities include, live entertainment (DJ Tom’s Tunes and Thunder Beach Band), food trucks and vendors, kids activities, rock wall, face painter, stilt walker and balloon artist will culminate with a spectacular fireworks show over the Caloosahatchee River. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com

 

Red White and Boom 
Cape Coral Parkway, Cape Coral
Thursday, July 4 • 4:15 – 10 p.m. 
Entertainment Schedule:
6 p.m. – Neon Summer
8 p.m. – LoCash
9:30 p.m. – Fireworks Spectacular
Kids Patriot Park is open to all. The park will close at 9:15 p.m. as the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Ride tickets will be for sale at the event. The attractions in the park are: Mechanical Meltdown, Toxic Twist Obstacle Course, 27′ 2 Lane Slide, Basketball, 52′ Toxic Jump, 26 Ft. Rockwall. The Cape Coral Bridge and Cape Coral Parkway from Del Prado Blvd to the bridge, will be closing at 3 a.m. on July 4. www.capeboom.com

 

Naples 4th of July Parade and Fireworks 
Downtown Naples, 5th Ave South & Naples Pier 
Thursday, July 4 • 10 a.m. 
Join thousands to witness this spectacular event filled with festive floats and family fun. 10 am to noon. The fireworks presentation at dusk will feature a thirty minute display with musically choreographed effects to patriotic selections. Bring chairs or blankets to viewing spots in town, as the fireworks can be seen along the Naples beach. 239-213-1000

 

Miracle Baseball Independence Day Celebration
Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers
Thursday, July 4 • 7 p.m.
Independence Day food and drink specials will be available, during the game followed by a post-game firework show! Miracle will take on the Palm Beach Cardinals. Fireworks will launch from behind the right field fence shortly after the final out in the ninth inning. Tickets: 239-768-4210

 

Sanibel 4th of July Activities
Thursday, July 4 • 7:30 a.m. – Dusk
Free Pancake Breakfast at the Sanibel Community Church, 1740 Periwinkle Way, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Independence Day Parade route begins at Tarpon Bay Road on Periwinkle Way to Casa Ybel Road, 9:30 a.m. 4th of July Road Rally, starts at noon at the Timbers parking lot, 703 Tarpon Bay Rd. Fireworks Display at 9 p.m. www.islandinnsanibel.com

 

Backyard 4th of July Fireworks Party
Burroughs Home & Gardens, Fort Myers
Thursday, July 4 • 5 p.m. 
Get your tickets now for the newest, best fireworks watch party in SWFL!  Located right on the river with BBQ, Burgers, and Hot Dogs plus tons of kids activities such as bounce house, face painter, and balloon animals plus exclusive fireworks viewing!  Bubbas Roadhouse and Naples Smoked BBQ are bringing the favorites PLUS vegan options too and Millennial Brewing is bringing light and craft beer! General Admission tickets are $5 (feel free to bring a chair) and Front Row View tickets are $20 per person (chairs will be provided directly on the riverfront!)  Children under 5 are free!  239-337-0706

 

Bonita Springs July 4th Parade – Bring The Noise
Downtown Bonita Springs
Everyone loves a parade! Floats, marching bands, emergency vehicles, dancers & more! Starting at 9 a.m. www.local3444.org

 

Star Spangled Bonita 
Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs
Thursday, July 4 • 5 – 9 p.m.
There will be lots of fun activities for the whole family such as face painting and games for the kids, live music from the Mark Vee Band, delicious food and drinks, and of course Fireworks and a laser display to end the night with style!  Entrance into Star Spangled Bonita is free to the entire community. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  5 p.m.  239-949-6262

 

4th Fest 2019
Laishley Park, Punta Gorda
Thursday, July 4 • 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Featuring Water-Mania – a group of 12 giant waterslides – to be erected in Laishley Park. There are slides of all types and sizes for the littlest kids to grownups too. In addition to the Water-Mania Water Slides there will be a large Kid’s Fun Zone with plenty to keep the young ones excited. Live Music will fill the park starting at 3 p.m. The fireworks at 9 p.m. – $3 admission for fireworks at the gate (Kids under 12 – Free Gate Admission) All rides/ food/ beverage require tickets, except waterslides & bounce houses which accept tickets or an all day wristband. An all day wristband for waterslides and bounce houses is $10 per day. 941-637-5953

 

Fri – 5
Game Night at the Youth Center
Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center, 315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral  
6:15 – 10 p.m.
Every Friday night, participants in grades 2-8 can enjoy playing the latest video games plus a fun night of activities including arts and crafts, dancing, air hockey and laser tag. The cost is just $10  per person including pizza and prizes. 239-242-3650

 

Harry Pawter Scavenger Hunt
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
July 5 – 31
Available during normal library operating hours. Our “cat” has scampered off through the library. Can you help us find him? Visit the Adult Reference desk to pick up a clue to help us find our “cat” Harry Pawter. Once you have found him, place his location on the ticket provided and enter it in to a drawing for a prize. New clues  each week. 239-479-4636

 

Camp Creativity Retro – Cool Crafts
Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
Travel back in time to make popular trends from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Kids will enjoy creating tie-dye frames. Ages 3+, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.$3. 239-215-1730

 

Family Beach Walk
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island
Every Friday at 9 a.m.
The one-hour program convenes at Gulfside Park to explore the refuge’s gulf-front Perry Tract. City parking fees apply. 239-472-1100

 

Kids FREE Friday! Summer of Science: Burrowing Owls
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
No registration necessary. This popular “hands-on” summer education program offers FREE admission for kids under 12. Environmental-educators will lead kids in a schedule of activities, crafts and games within the cool comfort of the air-conditioned, state-of-the-art Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Programming and activities are geared towards children who are accompanied by an adult.  239-530-5940

 

Sat – 6
Kids Club: Happy Face Jar
Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy making a happy planter. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $3. 239-215-1730

 

Astronomy Night
Seahawk Park, 1030 NW 28th St., Cape Coral 
8:15  – 11:59 p.m.
Join the Southwest Florida Astronomical Society for a fun, free evening of night sky observation. Beginning just after sunset, take a look through several telescopes and talk to experts from the society about what can be seen. Fantastic fun for all ages! 239-573-3128

 

Parks & Recreation Family Fun Day    CorrectionThis event takes place on Saturday, July 13th
Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center, 315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral  
9 a.m. – Noon
Come  and celebrate with us!  Learn about the variety of activities offered for all ages by Cape Coral Parks and Recreation.  There will be interactive displays, inflatables, live critters and more!  Free Admission.  239-242-3950

 

Nature Walk with Bird Patrol Guide
Lakes Regional Park, Shelter A7, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers 
8 a.m.
This easy walk along clear paths offers an opportunity to see birds in native vegetation.  239-533-7580

 

Storytime and Activities Featuring How to Catch a Dinosaur
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace , 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
 Do you have what it takes to catch a prehistoric pal? 239-437-0654

 

Science Saturday
IMAG History & Science Center , 2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Celebrate all things red, white and blue with us at the IMAG! Learn about the science behind fireworks at an explosive live show! Watch red, white and blue foamy eruptions of elephant toothpaste and nitrogen clouds at our outdoor afternoon show! Make a patriotic straw rocket or bubble wand to take home! Activities included with admission. No registration required. theimag.org

 

Sun – 7
Willy Wonka Day
Hammond Stadium, 14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers
1 p.m. 
Be the lucky fan who gets a golden ticket at Willy Wonka Day! Also,  Pre-Game Catch/Kids Run The Bases 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! Palm Beach Cardinals  1 p.m. www.milb.com

 

Baby & Me Storytime Featuring Hello, World! My Body
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace , 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Introducing our new Baby & Me Storytime for caregivers and children 0-24 months old. Join us as we read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones. Plus, get a free Starbucks tall, hot or iced coffee.  239-437-0654

 

Mon – 8
Camp Creativity Space-Age Fun 
Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
Imaging hopping on a spaceship and heading out into the universe. Kids will enjoy making planetary creations. Ages 3+, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. $3. 239-215-1730

 

Baby Rhyme Time
Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Rd, Fort Myers
10 a.m. Mon, July 8, 15, 22, 29
For babies up to 18 months. 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

 

Out of this World Aliens
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
2 p.m. 
There’s an alien invasion happening at the library. Join us in creating an army of UFOs and plush alien reading buddies. Supplies Included. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Teen Monday Movie Madness
Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2 p.m. Mondays, July 8, 15, 22, 29
Light snacks provided for teens in grades 6-12. 239-479-4636

 

Teen On the Table: Galaxy Bottles
Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
July 8 – 13
Available during normal library operating hours. Stop by the Teen Zone and make your own piece of the galaxy to take home. Create an Element or Nebula Jar then turn it into a mini necklace. All supplies provided while they last. For teens in grades 6-12. 239-479-4636

 

Play BINGO
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
6:15 p.m. 
An annual favorite during our Summer Reading Program. Some assistance may be needed by older siblings or adults to read the words.  This program is for children who have completed grades K-5. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

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 games. 239-479-4636

 

Movie Monday
Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10:30 a.m. Mondays, July 8, 15, 22, 29
Join us each week for family friendly movies in the meeting room for children in grades K-5. Please call for weekly movie titles. Movie ratings range from G to PG. 239-479-4636

 

Tue – 9
Summer Movie Express: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World & Lego Movie 2
Regal Cinemas Bell Tower and Regal Gulf Coast & IMAX, Fort Myers 
July 9 – 10  • 10 a.m.
Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Each week both movies play on both days

 

Bored?  Game Night!
Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
5:30 p.m. 
Drop in for an evening of tabletop games. The library has tons of games to choose from, but you’re welcome to bring your own. All ages are welcome; children under age 13 must be accompanied by a participating adult. 239-479-4636

 

The Battle is On
Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2 p.m. 
Get ready to run, dodge and dive. Do you have what it takes to win? Come compete with your friends, enemies or frenemies in some friendly Nerf battles. We will provide the gear, just bring your skills and attitude. For teens in grades 6-12. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

A Universe of Animals with Naples Zoo
East County Regional Library  881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
11 a.m.
Slithering, swinging, and scurrying all over the world, animals of all shapes and sizes explore the world around them in surprising ways. Students will see how well they can use their own senses, and discover how animals from lions to alligators to snakes use their sensational senses to survive in the wild. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Intergalactic Cupcake Wars
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
6:15 p.m. 
Join us to show off your cupcake decorating skills. All participants will decorate their cupcake based on the summer reading theme. All materials will be provided and prizes will be awarded.  For students in grades 6-12.  239-479-4636

 

Self-Directed Children’s Activity
Naples Depot Museum, 1051 Fifth Avenue S, Naples
9 – 4 p.m.

 

The Bucky and Gigi Show
Bonita Springs YMCA – 27200 Kent Rd, Bonita Springs
1 p.m. 
Using physical comedy, circus skills, mime, magic, improvisation and audience participation, these two characters provide all the fun for a fast-paced 45 minute show. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Family Night: Cow appreciation
Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake, 13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers 
5 – 7 p.m. 
Crafts, puzzles and fun! It’s all about cows! 239-433-9030

 

Japanese: The Language and Its Culture
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
3 p.m. Tuesdays, July 9, 23
Learn basic phrases and writing forms (Hiragana and Katakana), using interactive exercises and games. For ages 11 and up.  Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Harry Potter Breakout
Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
Welcome Hogwarts students. Ron, Hermione and Harry have decided to go after the famous Sorcerer’s Stone themselves. Your friends could be in danger and you haven’t got much time to find the Marauder’s Map that leads to the stone. Solve clues to open locks and get the map in time to save your friends. Come in costume if you’d like. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

And Then? (teen)
Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
July 9 – 13
Available during normal library operating hours. A librarian began writing a story … and then asked teens to complete it. Help us create our story, one sentence at a time. Supplies provided, while they last. 239-479-4636

 

Stuff of Stars Storytime
Pine Island Public Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
10 a.m. 
Join us as we sing and move with a Spanish flair. Attending patrons will listen to a space themed story and have a chance to create their very own space themed craft. Please dress for the mess. As always, direct supervision of smaller patrons is required. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Minute to Win It (teen)
North Fort Myers Public Library, 50 Pine Island Rd, N. Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
Teens will compete for prizes to see who can complete tasks within 60 seconds to win. Middle and high school-aged students welcome. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

A Universe of Animals with Naples Zoo
Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
6:15 p.m. 
See how well they can use their own senses, and discover how animals from lions to alligators to snakes use their sensational senses to survive in the wild. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

My Space Workshop
Pine Island Public Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
1 p.m. Tuesday, July 9
Families will have a chance to create their own versions of space using canvas, paint and imagination. Caregiver supervision of young children is required. Supplies provided while they last. 239-479-4636

 

Marvel-ous Bingo
East County Regional Library,  881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
1 p.m. Tuesday, July 9
Teens entering grades 6 – 12 are invited to this Marvel-ous Bingo event. Play this version of bingo with a twist by testing your knowledge of the Marvel Universe. Winners are in for a treat. 239-479-4636

 

Wed – 10
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. Our new Kids Crafts Reward Card is good for a $10 Miromar Outlets gift card after your fifth visit. 239-948-3766

 

Preschool Program – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!
Naples Depot Museum, 1051 Fifth Avenue South, Naples
July 10 & 24 • 10 a.m.

 

Mid-Week Boredom Busters
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
July 10, 17, 24 • 2 p.m.
Drop in to build, make or play Wednesday afternoons during the Summer Reading Program. Be sure to dress for mess. Some projects may need adult assistance. Recommended for ages 5 and up.  239-479-4636

 

Kindness Club
Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to encourage kindness & help make the world a better place.
 Registration required. 239-479-4636

 

Baby Rhyme Time
Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24
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

 

Family Movies: Space Theme
Pine Island Public Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 31
Is your little one ready for the big screen? Low lights, loud audio and smaller seats are all part of this movie theater-like experience which includes adult coloring activities and paper crafts for caregivers while they supervise their little moviegoers. Rating for movies will range from G to PG.  239-479-4636

 

The Bucky and Gigi Show
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library, 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
Physical comedy, circus skills, mime, magic, improvisation and audience participation, these two characters provide all the fun for a fast-paced 45 minute show. Registration is required.  239-479-4636

 

Baby Rhyme Time
Cape Coral Lee County Public 
Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral • 9:30 a.m. 
Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs
10:30 a.m. Wed., July 10, 17, 24
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

 

Reading in the Refuge
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island
Every Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Attendees of each 45-minute reading-and-crafts session learn about a refuge animal and make a take-home craft related to it. Meet in the Visitor & Education Center classroom. 239-472-1100

 

Camp Creativity Space-Age Fun
Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
Imaging hopping on a spaceship and heading out into the universe. Kids will enjoy making aliens. Ages 3+, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. $3. 239-215-1730

 

Star Wars Bloxels (tween)
Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m.
Now you can build your own Star Wars video game. Play missions as classic heroes and villains and use your imagination to create your Register online to reserve your spot. 239-479-4636

 

Star Stories: Greek Myths
North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 N. Recreation Park Way
11 a.m. 
The night sky is full of star constellations. The ancient Greeks named the star constellations after their awesome myths and folktales. Katie Adams performs these myths with colorful shadow puppets, storytelling and audience participation.
Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Thu – 11
Galaxy Crafts and Virtual Reality
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
2 p.m. 
Show off your love of galaxies by making galaxy rocks, eclipse t-shirts, moon phase necklaces and galaxy coasters. Bring your own black T-shirt to make the eclipse T-shirt. There will also be a special opportunity to experience virtual reality with Oculus Go. For grades 6-12. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Movie Day
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
2 p.m. 
A female pilot gains superpowers after a freak accident and uses them to help save the world alongside another superpower yielder. This movie is rated PG-13. Children under 13 may attend only if a parent is present to give permission. 239-479-4636

 

Baby Rhyme Time
Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25
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

 

Space Glow Party
Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Rd, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
For children who have completed grades K-5. We are turning off the lights and breaking out the glow sticks. Join us for games, art, music and fun activities about space. Dress to glow – wear neon, white, or glow-in-the-dark clothes. Registration required. 239-479-4636

 

Interactive Movie
Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
More than just a movie showing, audiences participate in this screening. You can take part in the action with props, sound effects and a whole lot of fun or just sit back and enjoy the film.  Rated PG. Registration is required. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Bilingual Baby Rhyme Time
Pine Island Public Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
10 a.m. Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25
Stories, rhymes and music with a focus on Spanish immersion.   239-479-4636

 

Family Movement and Stretch
Pine Island Public Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
2 p.m. Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25
Celebrate community through yoga as all ages and abilities come together to experience this joyful, fun practice. From grandparents to infants and everyone in between. Registration is strongly requested as space is limited.  239-479-4636

 

Adam’s Animal Encounters
Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
3 p.m. 
Get up close and personal with Adam’s animal ambassadors and learn about invasive and native species that live in our neighborhoods. This program offers a unique chance of getting up close and personal with exotic animals, with the primary focus of education for appreciation. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Fri – 12
Kids FREE Friday! Summer of Science: Horseshoe Crabs
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This popular “hands-on” summer education program offers FREE admission for kids under 12. Environmental-educators will lead kids in a schedule of activities, crafts and games. Programming and activities on Kids Free Fridays are geared towards children who are accompanied by an adult. 239-530-5940

 

Ancient or Alien? Face Mask Craft
Pine Island Public Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
10 a.m. 
For centuries, people have made face masks to represent themselves and what others believe are alien visitors. Draw inspiration from ancient masks to create your very own out-of-this-world face mask. All craft supplies will be provided while supplies last.  Caregiver supervision of young children is required.  239-479-4636

 

Meet favorite Marvel© Super Heroes 
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Naples
July 12 -14
Meet favorite Marvel © Super Heroes at Naples Zoo! Thor & Spider-Man The Meet and greets are included with admission (free for members). Schedule: Thor: 10 a.m. – Noon,  all three days & Spider-Man: 1 – 3 p.m., all three days. 239-262-5409

 

Summer Storytime for “Littles”
Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
10 a.m. Fridays, July 12, 19, 26
This special storytime, designed for younger children, includes weekly themes that cover a variety of activities, songs and stories that make up the universe of a child. Appropriate for babies and children up to age 5. 239-479-4636

 

Jurassic Quest – Out of Extinction
Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Rd., Fort Myers
July 12 – 14
HUGE, NEW 24 ft Carnotaurus & T-rex rides! Walking Dakotaraptors and NEW walking Dilophosaurus!  fossil digs, paleontology, and fossil stations! -New toddler petting zoo! -New small child (current requirement 5 and under) dino scooters! Jurassic Quest has been the largest dinosaur event in North America since 2013 and is now even bigger! Our exhibit features: Now over 100 life-size dinosaurs! Including a life-size T-rex, Spinosaurus, Triceratops and Giginotosaurus! See the Pinochiorex, Drakorex, Quetzacotlus, Anzu wyllei, Ouranosaurus, Velociraptors, Stegasaurus, Utah Raptor, Therizinosaurus, Allosaurus, Albertosaurus, Edmontosaurus and many more moving, breathing and even walking dinosaurs! -Incredibly realistic baby dinoaurs exclusive to Jurassic Quest! Science stations, Cinema, dinosaur bounce houses, and bungee pulls!  Crafts, face painting, green screen photo, and dinosaur Jeopardy and more!  Friday, 3 – 8 p.m. Saturday. & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Purchasing tickets online before the event will guarantee access!
Parking: $5. 239-543-8368 www.jurassicquest.com/fortmyers

 

Camp Creativity Space-Age Fun
Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
Imagine hopping on a spaceship and heading out into the universe. Kids will enjoy customizing milky way slime. Ages 3+, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. $3. 239-215-1730

 

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.  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

 

Family Beach Walk
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island
Every Friday at 9 a.m.
The one-hour program convenes at Gulfside Park to explore the refuge’s gulf-front Perry Tract. City parking fees apply. Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. 239-472-1100

 

Adam’s Animal Encounters 
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library, 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
2 & 3 p.m.
Get up close and personal with Adam’s animal ambassadors and learn about invasive and native species that live in our neighborhoods. This program offers a unique opportunity for teens with the primary focus of education for appreciation. Registration is required. (tween) 239-479-4636

 

Sat – 13
Science Saturday
Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. WINK Playland
From slime to the solar system, kids learn by doing interactive science and engineering projects. 239-948-3766

 

Special Needs Storytime
Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Rd, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
This storytime emphasizes books, music and sensory experiences designed for children with special needs. The library’s welcoming environment will create a positive experience for children. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver, who will be an active participant in the program.  For children ages 3-12 with special needs. Registration required. 239-479-4636

 

Summer Harvest Family Day
Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch, 1215 Roberts Avenue W, Immokalee
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Baby Sensory Exploration
Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10 a.m. 
It’s never to early to explore your five senses. Babies and their caregivers are encouraged to explore the five senses through a story and other developmentally appropriate learning and play activities. Registration is not required, however the program is designed for children up to 24 months. 239-479-4636

 

Interactive Movie
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
1 p.m. 
Join a video game character as he travels to the World Wide Web to help his friend save her arcade game. You’ll be a part of all the action as you participate throughout the film in this fun and interactive movie experience. Supplies are limited and first come, first served. Rated PG. 239-479-4636

 

Crafterday Morning: Galactic Garland (teen)
Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
Celebrating a Universe of Stories, we will be creating space-themed garlands using a variety of paper-crafted, three-dimensional shapes. All supplies provided. 239-479-4636

 

Storytime and Activities Celebrating The Lion King
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace, 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Revisit the beloved story of The Lion King before it hits theaters with two books that capture the magic of the classic movie. 239-437-0654

 

Mission: Family Movie Matinee
East County Regional Library,  881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
1 p.m. 
Families with children up to age 18 are invited to watch a space themed family movie. Don’t forget to bring snacks to enjoy during the film. 239-479-4636

 

Kids Club: Craft Stick Lemonade Stand
Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy creating a lemonade stand out of craft sticks. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $3 239-215-1730

 

Galaxy In A Jar (teen)
Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
Create your own galaxy or nebula and put it in a jar. All supplies provided. 239-479-4636

 

MangoMania
German American Social Club, 2101 SW Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
July 13-14
Two days of food, drink, and fun. Vendors from our locale and local musicians. Cooking contests, hat making contests, tasting table, arts and crafts, tropical plant sales and of course MANGOS. Gates open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. rain or shine. Starts at $6. 239-283-0888

 

Free Parks & Recreation FUN Day!
William Austen Youth Center, 315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral
9 a.m.-noon
This event will feature free activities for all age including games, inflatables, arts and crafts, a trackless train, live critters, prize giveaways and much more! Plus, get a chance to see the Parks & Recreation Fun-Mobile in action! In addition, community partners will be on hand to offer free services like child fingerprinting and tours of a fire truck, and to showcase other recreation opportunities in Cape Coral. 239-242-3950

 

Photos with Santa
The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N Tamiami Trl, N. Fort Myers
July 13 -14 • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Santa will be in the Holiday House. Get your cameras ready! 239-995-2141

 

Christmas in July
The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers
9 a.m.
Pancake Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. Santa will have gifts for the kids! Kids $3.99, Adults $7.99 (plus beverages) Reservations Only. RSVP by July 12th by noon to Sandy at 239-995-2141 x110

 

15th Year Celebration
The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N Tamiami Trl, N Fort Myers
July 13-14, 20-21
The Nature Park is celebrating its 15th year as an animal rescue! Free Admission to the Nature Park with daily activities. 239-995-2141

 

Sun – 14
Baby & Me Storytime Featuring Busy Bee: Copy Cat Peekaboo
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace, 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
For caregivers and children 0-24 months old. Join us as we read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones. Get a free Starbucks tall, hot or iced coffee  239-437-0654

 

Mon – 15
Camp Creativity World Explorers 
Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
We will explore the world for artistic inspiration. Kids will enjoy making nesting paper dolls. Ages 3+, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. $3. 239-215-1730

 

Outer Space Science
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
6:15 p.m. 
Professor DoDad and his new friend Darcy will share facts about the solar system, space travel, gravity, stars and much more. DoDad’s Lab is full of audience participation, experiments, original music, learning and laughter. For children who have completed grades K-5.  Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Teen On the Table: Sandless Shelling
Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
July 15 – 27
Available during normal library operating hours. Stop by the Teen Zone and see what the universe below the sea has to share. All supplies provided while they last. For teens in grades 6-12. 239-479-4636

 

Outer Space Science
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
2 p.m. 
Professor DoDad and his new friend Darcy will share facts about the solar system, space travel, gravity, stars and much more. DoDad’s Lab is full of audience participation, experiments, original music, learning and laughter. For children who have completed grades K – 5. Registration begins July 8. 239-479-4636

 

Tue – 16
Summer Movie Express: Secret Life Of Pets & SmallFoot
Regal Cinemas Bell Tower and Regal Gulf Coast & IMAX, Fort Myers 
July 16 – 17  • 10 a.m.
Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Each week both movies play on both days.

 

Stranger Things Escape Room
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
6:15 p.m.
Race against the clock and work together to solve the puzzles for the answers you need to escape. Make your own ‘Stranger Things” button for escaping. For students in grades 6-12. 239-479-4636

 

Native American Storytime & Yoga (teen) 
Pine Island Public Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
10 a.m. 
Listen to a Native American creation story and participate in an all abilities and all ages yoga session. Space is limited to 30.  239-479-4636

 

Star Weaving
East County Regional Library , Lehigh Acres
1 p.m.
Teens entering grades 6 – 12 are invited to this Star Weaving session. Learn about the stars and make a beautiful star project to take home. Bring your creativity and we will supply the rest. 239-479-4636

 

HOMAGO
Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2 p.m. 
You know – Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out. Come to the Teen Zone and check out some of the library’s tech toys, or play video games with your friends. We also have UNO. For teens in grades 6-12. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Code a Moon Landing
Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
6:15 p.m.
We are heading straight to the International Space Station to collect food for the aliens, but we have to carefully avoid space debris upon entry into the moon’s atmosphere. This STEAM-filled program will be spent practicing block coding skills and then exhibiting moon landings. All supplies provided. Registration is required. For children in grades K-5. 239-479-4636

 

Family Night: Cow Bingo
Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake , 13610 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 
5 – 7 p.m. 239-433-9030

 

Star Stories: Greek Myths
East County Regional Library, 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
11 a.m. 
The ancient Greeks named the star constellations after their awesome myths and folktales. Katie Adams performs these myths with colorful shadow puppets, storytelling and audience participation. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Botany of Southwest Florida – Mangroves, Seagrass, & Coconuts (teen)
North Fort Myers Public Library, 50 Pine Island Rd, N. Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
Learn about two very important native ecosystems and one non-native tree through hands-on science with Sanibel Sea School. Instructors will bring samples, dissection scopes and live creatures found in our local habitat. We will also get to dissect a coconut and sample nature’s sweet treat. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

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

 

Glow Stick Lightsaber (teen)
Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
July 16 – 20
Available during normal library operating hours. Make your own pocket-sized lightsaber to defend the Force or join the dark side. Supplies provided while they last. 239-479-4636

 

Star Stories: Greek Myths
Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
The night sky is full of star constellations. The ancient Greeks named the star constellations after their awesome myths and folktales. Katie Adams performs these myths with colorful shadow puppets, storytelling and audience participation. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Super Science
Bonita Springs YMCA , 27200 Kent Rd, Bonita Springs 
1 p.m. 
Explore the far reaches of science with hands-on incredible demonstrations and take-home projects. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Wed – 17
Camp Creativity World Explorers 
Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
Kids will enjoy making a dot painting. Ages 3+, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.$3. 239-215-1730

 

Reading in the Refuge
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island
Every Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Attendees of each 45-minute reading-and-crafts session learn about a refuge animal and make a take-home craft related to it.. 239-472-1100

 

Cirque du Soleil: Corteo
Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero
July 17 – 21
Cirque Du Soleil returns to Hertz Arena with its most enchanting production yet, Corteo! Corteo, which means “cortege” in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.  239-948-7825.
Super Science
North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 N. Recreation Park Way
11 a.m. 
Explore the far reaches of science with hands-on incredible demonstrations and take-home projects. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Art with Zan: Task Party (teen)
Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
This participatory improvisational performance art activity is different every time it happens. Participants choose tasks written on small slips of paper from a box and perform whatever the task instructs them to do. Everyone does their unique tasks simultaneously, making it up as they go along, using whatever random materials are made available. Join us for this laugh out loud event. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Moms Appreciation Day
Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. to noon
Treat yourself! Moms, enjoy a free goodie from le macaron French pastries when your children attend Kids Crafts in WINK Playland. 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. Our new Kids Crafts Reward Card is good for a $10 Miromar Outlets gift card after your fifth visit. 239-948-3766

 

Star Stories: Greek Myths
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library, 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
The night sky is full of star constellations. The ancient Greeks named the star constellations after their awesome myths and folktales. Katie Adams performs these myths with colorful shadow puppets, storytelling and audience participation. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Thu – 18
Space Fandom Day
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
2 p.m. 
Calling all Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy fans. Celebrate all your favorite space fandoms at this space-tacular event. Make lightsabers, craft your own dancing Groot, write your name in circular Gallifreyan, get some target practice and more. For grades 6 – 12.  Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Interactive Movie
Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m.
More than just a movie, audiences participate in this screening. You can take part in the action with props, sound effects and a whole lot of fun or just sit back and enjoy the film. Families of all ages are welcome. Rated PG. Registration is required.  239-479-4636

 

Expand Your Universe: Earn Service Hours 
Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Rd, Fort Myers
2 – 4 p.m.
For teens in grades 6 – 12. Earn service hours!  Help inspire hope by creating a happy design on canvas tote bags that will be delivered to a local shelter. Drop in any time between 2-4 p.m. All supplies will be provided. 239-479-4636

 

Star Wars Mania
Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Rd, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
For children who have completed grades K-5. Travel the galaxy from Hoth to Mustafar with games & activities inspired by
Star Wars. Registration begins July 11. 239-479-4636

 

Star Stories: Greek Myths
Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
3 p.m. 
The ancient Greeks named the star constellations after their awesome myths and folktales. Katie Adams performs these myths with colorful shadow puppets, storytelling and audience participation. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Fri – 19
Family Beach Walk
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island
Every Friday at 9 a.m.
The one-hour program convenes at Gulfside Park to explore the refuge’s gulf-front Perry Tract. City parking fees apply. Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. 239-472-1100

 

Kids FREE Friday! Summer of Science: Pythons
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This popular “hands-on” summer education program offers FREE admission for kids under 12. Environmental-educators will lead kids in a schedule of activities, crafts and games within the cool comfort of the air-conditioned, state-of-the-art Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Programming and activities on Kids Free Fridays are geared towards children who are accompanied by an adult. We recommend a ratio of no more than 3 kids per adult to ensure a safe and pleasurable experience. 239-530-5940

 

Native American Art with Zan Lombardo
Pine Island Public Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
10 a.m.
Zan Lombardo will guide patrons in a workshop about the Native American Zuni tribe’s practice of carving stone sculptures. This workshop will focus on the rich art history and meaning behind the use of animals and the ties that we all share with nature and those around us. . Registration is required. (teen) 239-479-4636

 

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

 

Glow Bingo Party (tween)
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
2 p.m.
Join us for this high energy, glow in the dark version of Bingo with mini games, prizes and a ton of fun. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Camp Creativity World Explorers 
Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
We will explore the world for artistic inspiration. Kids will enjoy making a lego pyramid. Ages 3+, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.$3. 239-215-1730

 

Sat – 20
Family Yoga With Kathryn
Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. in WINK Playland
A FREE 45-minute beginners’ yoga class for families with toddlers to tweens. Bring your own mat.  239-948-3766

 

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

 

Moon Landing Anniversary Celebration (teen)
Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Festivities launch at 10 a.m. with a showing of the 1969 NASA documentary film “Apollo 11: For All Mankind.” After the 35-minute film, participants are welcomed to share their thoughts, feelings and recollections of the space program and the moon landing. Following the discussion, enjoy intergalactic refreshments, crafts, games and the opportunity to record your personal account of the original moon landing to share with the community. 239-479-4636

 

Star Wars Bloxels (teen)
Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
Now you can build your own Star Wars video game. Play missions as classic heroes & villains help to create your own Star Wars Universe. 239-479-4636

 

Lego Club
Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2 p.m. 
Join us for a short story and Lego building activities. Legos provided for use during this program. 239-479-4636

 

Space: The Final Frontier
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers
7 p.m. 
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing with the Gulf Coast Symphony. Featuring music that celebrates space in cinema, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek, Apollo 13, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. & Holst’s The Planets. 239-481-4849

 

STEAM Storytime
East County Regional Library, 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
10 a.m. 
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math are the name of the game for this storytime. Children in grades K-5 are invited to this Universe of Stories STEAM storytime featuring books and a special learning activity. 239-479-4636

 

Back to School Brick Bash
Creative World School, 19671 Cypress View Dr, Fort Myers
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bring your families and experience our out of the box crafts, art projects and structured & unstructured builds all using LEGO as a medium. Build and race your own LEGO cars down our 32ft track, experience a timed build with your friends an family or just relax in our LEGO sensory room targeted for those working towards developing healthy sensory growth. There will also be free-build stations, LEGO games and a DUPLO play area for children 2-5 years old. 239-415-7845

 

Space Bingo
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
2 p.m. 
For children above preschool age, teens and adults. 239-479-4636

 

Moon Landing Anniversary Celebration
Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Festivities launch with a showing of the 1969 NASA documentary film “Apollo 11: For All Mankind.” After the 35-minute film, participants are welcomed to share their thoughts, feelings and recollections of the space program and the moon landing. Following the discussion, enjoy intergalactic refreshments, crafts, games and the opportunity to record your personal account of the original moon landing to share with the community. 239-479-4636

 

Kids Club: Sunny Cookie Decorating
Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy decorating sunshine cookies. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $3. 239-215-1730
Diamonds and Denim
Edison Mall, 4125 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
1 – 4 p.m.
For the first time ever, Edison Mall is introducing Diamonds and Denim. This western-themed event with a modern twist will be fun for the whole family. What to expect?  Professional bull riding ticket giveaway, petting zoo from1-3 p.m. Games, crafts & fun in the sun.  239-939-5464

 

Sun – 21
Sundae Funday
Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
Noon to 2 p.m. WINK Playland
Children can decorate a free Dairy Queen ice cream sundae, sing and dance along with DJ MAF and shake hands with the Amazing Things robot.  239-948-3766

 

Mon – 22
WWE Summerslam Heatwave Tour
Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero
7:30 p.m. 239-948-7825

 

Camp Creativity Sea Treasures 
Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
You never know what you will come across in the ocean. Kids will enjoy making a shark canvas. Ages 3+, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. $3. 239-215-1730

 

Bats of the World
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
6:15 p.m. 
Bats are an important part of our ecosystem and help maintain balance and order. Learn about these fascinating night creatures and their super skills. Live bats will be used during this presentation. For children who have completed grades K-5. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Bats of the World
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
2 p.m. 
Bats are an important part of our ecosystem and help maintain balance and order. Learn about these fascinating night creatures and their super skills with Tampa Bay Bats. Live bats will be used during this presentation. For children who have completed grades K-5.  Registration begins July 15.  239-479-4636

 

Tue – 23
Summer Movie Express: Captain Underpants: The First Move & Lego Movie
Regal Cinemas Bell Tower andRegal Gulf Coast & IMAX, Fort Myers 
July 23 – 24  • 10 a.m.
Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Each week both movies play on both days.

 

Self-Directed Children’s Activity
Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Trail E, Naples
9 – 4 p.m.

 

Give-mas Storytime and Holiday Crafts
Pine Island Public Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
10 a.m. 
Get a head start on the holiday season by participating in a holiday-themed storytime and craft session. In Spanish the word “mas” means more. Create pine cone trees and gingerbread people to keep or give away as gifts for the upcoming holiday season. Dress for the mess. Crafts are while supplies. 239-479-4636

 

Twinkie Wars
Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2 p.m. 
Forget the cupcakes, it’s all about the Twinkies. How creative can you be with just a few ingredients? There is no baking or cooking during this program. All supplies provided. Registration is required. For teens in grades 6-12. 239-479-4636

 

Marvel Escape Room
East County Regional Library  881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
1 p.m. 
Help the Avengers stop Thanos by finding and collecting the Infinity Stones in this Marvel Escape Room. Will you be the hero? 239-479-4636

 

Into the Comic-Verse
Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
6:15 p.m. 
A battle of epic proportions you won’t want to miss. Marvel versus DC; which universe will be crowned as the ultimate Comic-verse? It will be a night filled with an obstacle course, trivia, crafts and all things Marvel and DC. Supplies provided for children in grades K-5. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

A Universe of Myths
Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd, Bonita Springs
1 p.m. 
Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge will help us discover the myths related to wildlife, how they started and if they are true. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Outer Space Science
East County Regional Library,  881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
11 a.m. 
Professor DoDad and his new friend Darcy will share facts about the solar system, space travel, gravity, stars and much more. DoDad’s Lab is full of audience participation, experiments, original music, learning and laughter. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Teen Tech
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
6:15 p.m. 
Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or piano on bananas? The Makey Makey is an electronic invention tool and toy that allows users to connect everyday objects to computer programs. Create, design, engineer and learn to code in a fun and entertaining way. For students in grades 6-12. 239-479-4636

 

Art with Zan: Paper Marbling
North Fort Myers Public Library 50 Pine Island Rd, N. Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
Create a unique paper monoprint through this marbling technique that uses food coloring and shaving cream. The results can be used as stationary or decor. All supplies provided. Registration is required. (teen) 239-479-4636

 

Outer Space Science
Fort Myers Regional Library 
2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
Professor DoDad and his new friend Darcy will share facts about the solar system, space travel, gravity, stars and much more. DoDad’s Lab is full of audience participation, experiments, original music, learning and laughter. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Universal Community Mural 
Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
July 23 – 27
Available during normal library operating hours. Contribute to our library mural with a roll of the dice that include six universal symbols used in every culture. Supplies provided while they
last. (teen) 239-479-4636

 

Family Night: Kindness Rocks
Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake, 13610 S Tamiami Tr, Fort Myers 
5 – 7 p.m. 
Decorate rocks with kind words to leave throughout the community. 239-433-9030

 

Wed – 24
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

 

Family Movies: Holiday Theme
Pine Island Public Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
12:30 p.m. 
 Join us as we view holiday movie classics. Low lights, loud audio, and smaller seats are all part of this movie theater-like experience which includes adult coloring activities and paper crafts for caregivers while they supervise their little moviegoers. Call  for movie titles. Movie ratings will range from G to PG. 239-479-4636

 

Botany of Southwest Florida – Mangroves, Seagrass & Coconuts
Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
Learn about two very important native ecosystems and one non-native tree through hands-on science with Sanibel Sea School. Instructors will bring samples, dissection scopes and live creatures found in our local habitat. We will also get to dissect a coconut and sample nature’s sweet treat. 239-479-4636

 

Super Science
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library, 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
Explore the far reaches of science with hands-on incredible demonstrations and take-home projects to share with friends and family. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

A Universe of Animals with Naples Zoo
N. Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 N. Recreation Park Way
11 a.m. 
Slithering, swinging, and scurrying all over the world, animals of all shapes and sizes explore the world around them in surprising ways. Students will see how well they can use their own senses, and discover how animals from lions to alligators to snakes use their sensational senses to survive in the wild. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Reading in the Refuge
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island
Every Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Attendees of each 45-minute reading-and-crafts session learn about a refuge animal and make a take-home craft related to it. Meet in the Visitor & Education Center classroom. 239-472-1100

 

Camp Creativity Sea Treasures 
Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
You never know what you will come across in the ocean. Kids will enjoy making mermaids and pirates. Ages 3+, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.$3. 239-215-1730

 

Thu – 25
Harry Potter Extravaganza
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
2 p.m. 
Join the world of everyone’s favorite wizard by playing Quidditch, making Felix Felicis, crafting your own dragon egg and more. You can also give back to the community with Hermione’s volunteer craft. For grades 6-12. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Expand Your Universe: Earn Service Hours 
Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Rd, Fort Myers
2 – 4 p.m. 
For teens in grades 6-12. Expand your universe and earn service hours in the process. The loss of a loved one can be difficult at any age. Join us in sharing a small token of comfort as we create kaleidoscopes for children and teens who have lost someone close to them. Drop in any time between 2-4 p.m. All supplies will be provided.   239-479-4636

 

A Universe of Animals with Naples Zoo
Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Rd, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
3 p.m. 
For children who have completed grades K-5. Slithering, swinging, and scurrying all over the world, animals of all shapes and sizes explore the world around them in surprising ways. Students will see how well they can use their own senses and discover how animals from lions to alligators to snakes use their sensational senses to survive in the wild. Registration begins July 18. 239-479-4636

 

Art with Zan: Task Party (tween)
Captiva Memorial Library , 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
2 p.m. 
This participatory improvisational performance art activity is different every time it happens. Participants choose tasks written on small slips of paper from a box and perform whatever the task instructs them to do. Everyone does their unique tasks simultaneously, making it up as they go along, using whatever random materials are made available. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Fri – 26
PBR Touring Pro Division
Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero
July 26 – 27  239-948-7825

 

Give-mas in July
Pine Island Public Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
10 a.m. 
In Spanish the word “mas” means more. Give more through the creation of island-themed ornaments and personalized holiday cards for local service members living in our community and overseas. Dress for the mess. Caregiver supervision of young children is required. Supplies provided while they last.  239-479-4636

 

Botany of Southwest Florida – Mangroves, Seagrass, & Coconuts (tween)
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library, 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
Learn about two very important native ecosystems and one non-native tree through hands-on science with Sanibel Sea School. Instructors will bring samples, dissection scopes, and live creatures found in our local habitat. We will  dissect a coconut and sample nature’s sweet treat. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Kids FREE Friday! Summer of Science: Sharks
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This popular “hands-on” summer education program offers FREE admission for kids under 12. Environmental-educators will lead kids in a schedule of activities, crafts and games within the cool comfort of the air-conditioned, state-of-the-art Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Programming and activities on Kids Free Fridays are geared towards children who are accompanied by an adult. We recommend a ratio of no more than 3 kids per adult to ensure a safe and pleasurable experience.  239-530-5940

 

Fireworks Friday
Hammond Stadium, 14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers
7 p.m.
Stick around after the game as we light up the sky with the biggest fireworks show in Southwest Florida!  Miracle vs Lakeland Flying Tigers. www.milb.com

 

Camp Creativity Sea Treasures 
Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
You never know what you will come across in the ocean. Kids will enjoy making sculpted sea creatures. Ages 3+, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. $3. 239-215-1730

 

Family Pizza & Craft Night
Four Freedoms Park, 4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral
6:30 – 7:30pm
Let’s get creative! Make memories and a tee shirt masterpiece over pizza! All supplies included. Or…bring your special mementos to personalize your masterpiece. Great night for families to bond and create together. Pre-registration required. $7. 239-574-0804

 

Sat – 27
Babysitting Course 
Four Freedoms, 4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(11-16 yrs) The Child and Babysitting Safety program is an American Safety and Health Institute program that has been designed to assist young people by providing proper childcare via classroom training and hands-on procedures. Participants must bring lunch. $40 (6-hour class) 239-574-0804

 

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.  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

 

Galaxy Camp
Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10 a.m. 
Calling all space cadets. Greetings from Galaxy Camp where campers will test their agility through our outer space obstacle course, create space shuttles, paint and fraternize with aliens. Registration is not required, however this program is for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. 239-479-4636

 

Special Needs Storytime
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
10 a.m.
This storytime emphasizes books, music, and sensory experiences designed for children with special needs. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver, who will be an active participant in the program. Class size is limited to 10 children, plus their parents or caregivers. For children ages 3-12 with special needs. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Descendants 3 Event
Coconut Point Mall, 23106 Fashion Drive, Estero
1 p.m.
Children will be able to participate in a variety of activities including a craft project to create their own personalized back-to-school pencil cases, along with a custom photo booth and other exciting games. The wicked fun starts at 1 pm at our Play Area located near Dillard’s. This event does not include live character appearances but we will have a wonderful face painter! 239-992-9966

 

Back to School Party
Edison Mall, 4125 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
Outside of Entrance A, by the food court
4 – 6 p.m.
We know summer is almost over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Edison Mall is hosting a Back to School Party, one last hoorah before its back to business. To celebrate the start of the new school year, we want you to come out and hang with us! Fun games, crafts, face painting, giveaways, and more! You won’t want to miss out! Free.  239- 939-5464

 

Extraterrestrial Teen Movie Matinee
East County Regional Library, 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
1 p.m.
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to watch a space-themed movie. Bring snacks to enjoy during the film. 239-479-4636

 

Family Beach Walk
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island
Every Friday at 9 a.m.
The one-hour program convenes at Gulfside Park to explore the refuge’s gulf-front Perry Tract. City parking fees apply. 239-472-1100

 

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 a free slice of pizza, ice cream sandwich and other goodies.  239-948-3766

 

Galaxy Stones (teen)
Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
2 p.m.
Create and paint your own galaxy stone. It makes a great decoration or paperweight. All supplies provided. 239-479-4636

 

Sun – 28
Princesses & Pirates Day
Hammond Stadium, 14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers
Noon
All kids who come dressed up in princess and/or pirate gear get free admission plus don’t miss our costume contest during the game! Also, Pre-Game Catch/Kids Run The Bases. Arrive early as all fans can play catch on the field from noon-12:30 before the game. After the game all kids 12 and under can run the bases! Miracle vs Lakeland Flying Tigers. www.milb.com

 

Summer Beach Party
Fleamasters, 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Fort Myers
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Live music, food & drink specials, corn hole tourney 10 a.m.- noon, watermelon eating contest, noon & more. www.fleamall.com

 

20th Annual Big Backpack Event
Fort Myers Skatium, 2250 Broadway, Fort Myers 
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Admission is free!  Live entertainment: hip hop, salsa, Irish step dance and more. Facepainting, book mobile, giveaways, vendors, free haircuts and fingerprinting (given away on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last) The first 2,000 or more children age 5-12 will receive free backpacks and school supplies or while supplies last. Children must be present with parents or guardians to receive the free supplies. www.multicultural-centre.org

 

Mon – 29
A Universe of Magic: A Harry Potter Celebration
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
2 p.m.
Leave your muggles behind and celebrate the end of summer in magical style. Spend some time in one of our favorite fictional universes enjoying crafts, games and other activities including sorting, wand-making and potions. Costumes are encouraged but not required. For children in grades K-5. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Kindness Club
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
3 p.m.
This month’s Kindness Club will benefit animals at the Gulf Coast Humane Society. After we create toys for the animals, you will get the chance to meet a furry ambassador. The Gulf Coast Humane Society is scheduled to bring 2-3 animals to this program. For grades 2 – 6.  Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Tue – 30
Tuesday is Sundae
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
6:15 p.m. 
You are invited to attend our Universal End of Summer Party where Tuesday is Sundae. We will be making ice cream sundaes that are out of this world. Enjoy your treats and play silly games as we celebrate the end of summer. For students in grades 6-12. 239-479-4636

 

PAW Patrol Live!
Race To The Rescue, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers
July 30 – 31 
It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. 239-481-4849

 

Back to School Crafts (teen)
Pine Island Public Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
1 p.m. 
Join us for crafts that are perfect for lockers, backpacks or a study desk. Please dress for the mess. Caregiver supervision of young children is required. Supplies provided while they last.  239-479-4636

 

Back to School Storytime
Pine Island Public Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
10 a.m.
Incorporates English and Spanish, younger patrons entering kindergarten will enjoy a special story geared toward this great transition in their life. Please dress for the mess. Caregiver supervision of young children is required. Craft is while supplies last.  239-479-4636

 

Summer Movie Express: How To Train Your Dragon 2 & Sing
Regal Cinemas Bell Tower and Regal Gulf Coast & IMAX, Fort Myers 
July 30 – 31  • 10 a.m.
Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Each week both movies play on both days.

 

Early Bird or Night Owl (teen)
Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
July 30 – Aug. 3
Available during normal library operating hours. Are you a morning person or do you prefer the nights? Share why you enjoy the rising sun or moon through this simple activity. 239-479-4636

 

Space Age Bingo
Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
We’ll have a ton of fun playing Bingo with an outer space theme. Test your knowledge, learn some spacey facts and win prizes. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

 

Make your own Sundae Night
Chick-fil-A Cypress Lake, 13610 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
5 – 7 p.m.
Make your own sundae with lots of toppings!  239-433-9030

 

Wed – 31
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. Our new Kids Crafts Reward Card is good for a $10 Miromar Outlets gift card after your fifth visit. 239-948-3766

 

Glow Party
Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
Come to our glow party and make glow in the dark decorations, play glow in the dark bowling and eat pizza with your friends. Register online to reserve your spot. 239-479-4636

 

Reading in the Refuge
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel 
Every Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Attendees of each 45-minute reading-and-crafts session learn about a refuge animal and make a take-home craft related to it. Meet in the Visitor & Education Center classroom. 239-472-1100

 

Ants in Your Pants 
Preschool Dance Party
Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Rd, Fort Myers
10:30 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. No registration necessary. 239-479-4636