Be sure to involve the whole family in spring cleaning

Be sure to involve the whole family in spring cleaning

By Mandy Carter Spring is usually the time to tackle some deep cleaning in your home. As a working mother, it is typically a challenge to set aside a large chunk of time to deep clean your home. The task of spring cleaning is a daunting one you shouldn’t have to tackle alone. So, it’s time to get the whole family involved! Not only does it take some of the.

Spring Break 2024 Camps & Classes

Spring Break 2024 Camps & Classes

Alliance for the Arts Alliance for the Arts will be hosting its popular Spring Break Arts Retreat Camp March 18 – 22. Registration is currently open, and is limited to 30 participants per day. This camp is open to any student ages 7-11 years.  This session of camp will function as an art retreat. Students will experiment with art journaling, meditation, music and other forms of creative expression. Campers will.

Bluey’s Big Play coming to Fort Myers in June

Bluey’s Big Play coming to Fort Myers in June

Grab the sticky geckos, break out the duck cakes and alert the grannies. It’s time to meet the much-loved Heeler family, who will be coming to Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW on June 25 and 26 with the Bluey live show, Bluey’s Big Play The Stage Show! The Emmy Award-winning animated preschool series, which airs on Disney Junior, Disney Channel, and Disney+ will be “taking the show.

Looking ahead: Summer Camps 2024

Looking ahead: Summer Camps 2024

Alliance for the Arts Alliance for the Arts will be hosting its popular Summer Break Arts Camp this year beginning June 10. Registration is open to any student ages 7-12 years with a half day “Mini Explorers” option for those ages 4-6. Summer Break Arts Camp will be broken up into seven one-week sessions June 10 – Aug. 2. No camp session will be held over the Fourth of July.

SW Florida Reading Festival in Fort Myers March 2

SW Florida Reading Festival in Fort Myers March 2

Celebrate reading and libraries at Lee County Library System’s Southwest Florida Reading Festival. The free, outdoor reading festival features 28 bestselling authors and is celebrating its 25th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the downtown Fort Myers Regional Library campus on First Street.  For more than two decades, this signature event has hosted hundreds of powerhouse authors, such as David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Janet Evanovich,.

Read Across America

Read Across America

Dr. Kimberly Nicholson Are you looking for a fun, rewarding, calming activity that can be done at home with your baby or young child? Read a book together! Reading aloud to children starting at birth has many documented benefits, including improved language development and school readiness, and is associated with better reading and spelling skills in elementary school. Children who are read to early and often have less aggressive behavior.

Creating lasting memories: Essential camping tips

Creating lasting memories: Essential camping tips

By Mandy Carter Camping is an exciting and rewarding activity that provides families with an opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life, put down the electronic devices and connect with nature. However, planning a successful camping trip with the entire family requires careful preparation and consideration. Here are five camping tips for families, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable outdoor experience. Choose the Right Destination Selecting the.

SW Florida Ag Expo opens Feb. 29

SW Florida Ag Expo opens Feb. 29

Buy your advance tickets now for the 2024 Southwest Florida Ag Expo, including the $25 megapass, at www.swflagexpo.com.  The megapass includes gate admission and a wristband for unlimited mechanical rides on one day of your choice. Get your megapass early; sales end when the Ag Expo begins on Feb.29. General gate admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-11. Children 3 and under are free. Retired and.

Walk MS in Estero March 9

Walk MS in Estero March 9

Walk MS 2024 is scheduled for Saturday, March 9 at Estero Community Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero. The route choices are one mile or three miles. The site opens at 7:30 a.m. March 9 with the program starting at 8:15 a.m. The walk kickoff is at 8:30 a.m. To register for the walk or to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, visit  nationalmssociety.org

Edison Festival of Light Feb. 10 – 18 in Fort Myers

Edison Festival of Light Feb. 10 – 18 in Fort Myers

The Edison Festival of Light returns in 2024 with a variety of fun events for the entire family. Join them for the parade for everyone on Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. The Edison Festival of Light Junior Parade has grown into Southwest Florida’s largest youth parade that involves children of all ages. It showcases the talent and creativity of area children, families and organizations. Other festival highlights include the STEMtastic.

Fort Myers Greek Fest Feb. 16 – 18

Fort Myers Greek Fest Feb. 16 – 18

Join the fun on Feb. 16 – 18 at the 49th Annual Fort Myers Greek Fest. Festival hours will be Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for all of the mouth-watering Greek food the Greek Fest is known for. Taste all the goodies Yiayia (Grandma) used to make.  Appetizers, sandwiches, dinners, and desserts. Gyros, Spanakopita, Baklava and so much.

Top 3 Florida staycation spots in 2024

Top 3 Florida staycation spots in 2024

By Mandy Carter In recent times, the concept of vacationing has shifted gears, placing greater emphasis on staycations—those luxurious getaways close to home that offer a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure for families. Here are three staycation locations that my family recommends for those looking for a close getaway this year! Crane’s Beach Nestled in the heart of Delray Beach, Crane’s Beach House epitomizes the essence of a hidden.

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