NOTE: Events may have been postponed or canceled due to the Coronavirus. Please call ahead to confirm if an event is still taking place.
Art on the Farm-Intermediate Clay Class
Shaker’s Acres Farm South
North Fort Myers
Thursdays – 11 a.m.
Bring your elementary aged students for an outdoor art experience working with Clay! Intermediate Clay class is often messy, sometimes silly, and always fun! Clay is a favorite for all ages, and we will dig into a range of projects in this exciting medium. Class starts with a farm tour and animal feeding, then we head to the outdoor classroom to get our hands in the clay and build something awesome! Clay projects are designed to satisfy the age range, and use handbuilding techniques such as coil, slab, sculpting, puzzling, and more. Class is entirely outdoors and around animals, so dress for the weather and bring water. The Treehouse (playground) is open for participants and siblings. (ages 9-12) $15 per student. www.shakersacres.com
Out Of This World 4th of July Drive-In Celebration
751 39th Ave. NE, Naples
July 3 – 5 • 6 p.m. each night
This event will feature breathtaking patriotic light displays utilizing Video Mapping, LED panels, sound, lasers, special effects and costumed entertainers set across the backdrop of motivational moments in history and popular music from various decades and genres. Be wowed from the comfort of your own vehicle with an Ambrosian of technology, sound, lights and special effects. Gates open at 6 p.m. each night with the show starting at 8:15 p.m. Without fireworks in Naples this July 4th, tickets will sell fast! Each night is limited to 300 vehicles so get yours before they’re gone! Tickets: www.collierfair.com
Parents Night Out of Quarantine
Sky Zone Fort Myers
14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
Friday, July 3 • 6 p.m.
You are out of quarantine, now what? How about a much needed Parent’s Night Out! Drop off the kids at Sky Zone for a fun night of games and activities while you are out on the town! Kids get to participate in Open Jump, all our cool attractions like Warrior Course, Free Climb Rock Wall, Warped Wall & more, AND they get to jump during Glow! Just $34.99 to jump from 6-10 p.m. Includes 2 slices of pizza and a soft drink along with a Sky Camp shirt, and kids can hang out in a Sky Zone room when they’re not jumping to do arts & crafts, play video games, or watch a movie! For children ages 7-13. Make your date night plans now and register your child today! Limited Space – Call to reserve your spot! 239-313-5448
Friday Night Youth
Crossover Youth Center
1735 Jackson St, Fort Myers
Friday, July 3 • 7 p.m.
Basketball, games, food, crafts, Bible study, and more. FNY is our way of connecting with youth between the ages of 11-18 and introduce them to all of our free programs at Crossover Outreach. 239-785-3286
Food Trucks and Fireworks
Fort Myers First Church of the Nazarene
13545 American Colony Blvd., Fort Myers
Friday, July 3 • 6 – 9 p.m.
We will be having Gator John’s BBQ food truck as well as Pelican Snowballs truck for dessert. Face painting, games ane more. We will be practicing social distancing and it will be held outside. 239-936-2511
Toy Story 4 Movie at the Pool
West Wind Inn
3345 W Gulf Dr., Sanibel
Saturday, July 4 • 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Join West Wind at the pool to watch Toy Story 4 under the stars! Hot dogs, burgers and beverages served until 9 p.m.
Bonita Springs Drive-In Fireworks and
Laser Light Show
Naples – Ft. Myers Greyhound Track
10601 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs
Saturday, July 4 • 8 – 10 p.m.
Free to attend! Drive-In Fireworks and Laser Light Show will begin
at 9 p.m. Gates will open at 8 p.m. to allow attendees to park.
Due to COVID-19, attendees are asked to stay in their vehicles
and asked to park with space between vehicles. – No tailgating,
alcohol, personal fireworks, or sparklers will be permitted. The show will also be simulcast live to the city website and Bonita
Television for those that wish to enjoy the show from their home. www.cityofbonitasprings.org
Patriotic Pirate Cruises-All Ages
Salty Sam’s Pirate Cruise
2500 Main St, Fort Myers Beach
Saturday, July 4 • 11 a.m.
Looking for fun and adventure this Independence Day? We’re
having a 4th of July Cook-out Party at Salty Sam’s. Bring your family on an All Ages Pirate Cruise and kids EAT FREE at our cook-out party at Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, with purchase of kid’s ticket. 239-765-7272
Paradise Coast Sports Complex
3940 Citygate Blvd N, Naples
Saturday, July 4 • 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
This family-fun event is free to attend and will include a variety of events to entertain all in attendance. The event will kick off with the Welcome Bash Dash, a family 1K fun run at 9:30 a.m. and will continue with yard games, splash and dash water actives, soccer skills challenges, Support the Troops card-making station, music and more. Visit multiple sections of the event for a chance to win great prizes! 239-350-5404
Character Celebration – Canceled
4224 Cleveland Ave, #1, Fort Myers
Saturday, July 4 • 2 p.m.
Food and beverages will be sold, character meet and greets and shows! Come hang out with some of your favorite characters bringing in the 4th with a blast. Face painting and more in the works. We are following all CDC recommendations. Prices: $5 per child & $10 per adult. Characters will include Mr. & Mrs Mouse, Batman, Spider-Man and more. Join them for day and night of fun! Call 239-880-7101 to reserve your spot!
Fourth of July Fly Over
All over Fort Myers
Saturday, July 4 • Time: Starts at Noon
An Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, who will be flying over the City of Fort Myers in their World War II aircrafts They will be flying throughout the city skies, including downtown Fort Myers. Your best seat can be in your own backyard or in one of many locally owned downtown restaurants! For more than 30 years, the aerobatic team has amazed and thrilled audiences all over North America with their precision formation aerobatics. The planes, North American AT-6 Texans, nicknamed “the Pilot Maker, ” first appeared in 1938. Originally designed as a basic trainer for the
US Army Air Corps, the Texan was the primary training platform
for all US airmen in WWII that went on to fly fighter aircraft such
as the P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair, P-40 Warhawk and others. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com
North Port Freedom Fireworks
6205 W Price Blvd., North Port
Saturday, July 4 • 8 p.m.
The City of North Port invites the community to unite and enjoy a special fireworks-only display, presented by American Irrigation. Those who wish to view the fireworks display virtually can join via a livestream on the Parks & Recreation Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NorthPortParksandRec/. Listeners can also enjoy the show by tuning in to WKDW 97.5 FM. The City would like to thank our sponsors for this event: American Irrigation, Pet Supplies Plus – North Port, FL, and KDWRadio.com. To adhere to CDC guidelines, the event plan for the annual Freedom Festival has been amended to a drive-in fireworks show that will be launched from the North Port High School site used in previous years. Attendees will be invited to park in the lots at North Port High School, Heron Creek Middle School, and at Butler Park. Parking will open at 8 p.m. to accommodate the 9 p.m. fireworks show start. The display is expected to end around 9:30 p.m. Attendees will be asked to park in every other parking space • No tailgating, alcohol, personal fireworks, or sparklers will be permitted • The North Port High School stadium, and all green spaces surrounding the three parking areas will remain closed to public gatherings Restroom and handwashing facilities available at all three parking lots.
West Side Story Auditions
Florida Repertory Theatre
2268 Bay St, Fort Myers
July 7 – 8 • 12:30 – 3 p.m.
West Side Story auditions will be held this Summer! This is an amazing opportunity for young performers to be apart of a Professional Equity Main Stage Show at Florida Rep. This phenomenal opportunity will allow students the chance to learn from professional Equity Members, get the Equity experience. Conservatory Students: Ages 15-20 auditions July 7 – 8 • 12:30 – 3 p.m. Email CDeCarlo@floridarep.org for an audition slot!
Sound of Music
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
July 8 through Aug. 8
Based on the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers and the 1965 film starring Julie Andrews, this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical has touched the hearts of audiences around the world for decades. Follow Maria, the high-spirited, aspiring nun as she is sent from her convent to be the governess to seven unruly children of a strict father, Captain von Trapp. The children eventually come to like Maria and she finds herself falling in love with the captain. The timeless score includes Do-Re-Mi, My Favorite Things, Climb Every Mountain, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, Edelweiss and The Sound of Music. 239-278-4422
Daredevil Rally Drive-in Thrill Show
Hertz Arena parking lot
11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero
July 9 – 12
Show times are as follows – Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 11, 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 12, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The shows will feature Wallenda and his wife, Erendira Wallenda, as well as internationally renowned daredevils to include FMX freestyle jumpers, BMX riders, sway pole performers, motorcycles in a steel globe, a wheel of steel and a human cannonball. The viewing option will be similar to that of a drive-in movie – from the comfort of a vehicle. Tickets may be purchased at www.daredevilrally.com.
Grand Opening Inventioneer’s Lab
The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples
15080 Livingston Rd, Naples
Saturday, July 11 • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closes 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. )
On that day, members and visitors of all ages are invited to come and be part of a special Open House celebrating this new permanent exhibit at C’mon. https://cmon.org for our new hours and admission policies. C’mon’s Inventioneer’s Lab brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) as a significant part of the Lab’s programs, curriculum and activities and is designed to empower kids to move from imagining to doing. Makers of all ages are encouraged to build and experiment in the Lab, as they challenge themselves to solve problems. They’ll learn new, practical hands-on skills as they design, make, evaluate, and rebuild. Kids will take risks on their projects and learn by their successes and failures – just like in the real world. Skill-building projects introduce kids to new tools and materials preparing them to advance to the next step in the process of making. 239-514-0084
ECHO Farm Tour
17391 Durrance Rd, N. Fort Myers
Saturday, July 11 • 9 a.m.
We will take ECHO’s Global Farm Tour at 9:30 a.m. It will be around lunch by that time it ends so feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the beautiful grounds. The tour will be two hours long. Along the way you will find unique demonstrations, plants, and techniques useful to farmers and urban gardeners in developing countries. Goats, chickens, ducks, fish and rabbits are all found on our farm. Call 239-543-3246 for tickets
Enduro & Demo Derby ’20
4-17 Southern Speedway
8655 Piper Rd, Punta Gorda
Saturday, July 11 • 5 p.m.
Night of Mayhem & Destruction! Demolition Derby, Enduro, Road Course, Chain Pull, Flag Pole, Kids Power Wheels race, Bicycle races….A little bit of something for everyone! Get your advanced tickets online now through July 8th. For more information go to www.417southernspeedway.com.
Christmas in July,
Pancakes with Santa
Shell Factory and Nature Park
16554 North Cleveland Ave. US 41, N. Fort Myers
Sunday, July 12 • 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
After meeting Santa Claus, stop by the Nature Park and enjoy unique, outdoor family fun with over 400 animals, petting zoo, zip line, carousel and more. 239-995-2141
Meet And Greet With The Beauty Princess At UnicornFest!
Millennial Brewing Co.
1811 Royal Palm Ave, Fort Myers
Saturday, July 18 • 5 – 10 p.m.
Our beauty princess will be there meeting all of the princesses and princes at this year’s UnicornFest!! She is excited to meet you all!! 239-271-2255
Hometown Heroes Celebration
4125 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
Friday, July 24 • Noon
Be part of a heroic celebration! Join with us to honor our local military veterans, first responders/emergency personnel and other heroes. Discover displays from our military of the past and present. Featuring local entertainment, plus arts and crafts for the kids and MORE! Event will take place at the “Salute to Our Heroes Hall” located between Justice and Papaya. 239-939-5464
Bat Boy: The Musical/Canceled
Florida Repertory Theatre
2268 Bay St, Fort Myers
July 24 – Aug. 2
A musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is accepted as a member of the family by the veterinarian’s wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. 239-332-4665
Little Leapers – Baby Shark Week
14181 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
July 26 & 29 • 9 a.m.
Little Leapers is perfect for the little ones to play, jump, and bounce at Sky Zone without the interference from the big kids. For jumpers 7 & younger. 239-313-5448
21st Annual Big Back Pack
Fort Myers Skatium Rink
2250 Broadway, Fort Myers
Sunday, July 26 • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The first 2,000 or more children age 5-12 who arrive with their parents will receive free backpacks and school supplies or while supplies last. Children must be present with parents or guardians to receive the free supplies. Drive through pickup of backpacks, school supplies and giveaways. No parking will be permitted. Parents simply drive by with their children. Live music, entertainment and giveaways along the carline. www.multicultural-centre.org
The Addams Family
755 8th Ave S, Naples
July 30 – Aug. 7
A comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and every father’s nightmare. Due to COVID-19, certain precautionary measures will be put
in place. This will include temperature checks, wearing masks whenever possible, and more. Performed by students ages 13 to 18. All ticket prices are $20. Visit www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org for tickets.