Monday, February 28, 2011

Free Gardening kit from Annie's

It may be winter, but it’s never too early to start planning your spring garden. Now when you buy any two (2) Annie’s Homegrown or Annie’s Naturals products, you can receive a free Root 4 Kids gardening kit, complete with vegetable seeds and gardening gloves to get your garden started. Visit for details. Offer valid through 4/20/11 or while supplies last. Limit 1 per household or address.

Young Chefs Academy upcoming schedules

Young Chefs Academy * Cooking Classes, Parties, Field Trips & Camps

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March Calendar
New Birthday Themes
2011 Camp Preview
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What's Up, Hillsborough, Polk & Pasco County Kids...

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Our MARCH Calendar is packed with more events than ever!

Take a peek at your kid's school calendar and you'll see there are lots of NO SCHOOL days this month.

We filled our calendar with tons of things to do, so whether you're out for Spring Break or just some BONUS days off from school, check out our calendar and come cook with us!
NEW! Chefs Club class every Wednesday from 1-2:30 pm. Come for a class if you have early release, or join our club (great for homeschoolers!) and cook every week. Ask about BONUS tuition reduction for the first 10 club members in this class!
NEW! Paint and Cook classes! Young Chefs Academy and The Pottery Patch are teaming up for some fun Friday night classes in March and April. If you love GLEE, you won't want to miss what we're cooking and painting in March.
SELLING OUT! Fairy Tale Chefs -- our popular new series for age 4-6, themed Billy Goats Eat Oats this month. We'll make apple oat muffins and chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. FOUR class dates/times available in March starting NEXT Saturday, March 5.
Check out our calendar and call 813-643-7025 to schedule your class!

Celebrating a Birthday?

birthday cake

Princesses, Pirates and Peace Signs ... NEW Party Themes!
Celebrate your child's birthday with a cooking party at Young Chefs. Here a few things we often hear in our kitchens:
  • Your party is SO FUN!
  • I want MY party here, too!
  • From a MOM: This was the EASIEST party -- I didn't have to do a thing!

Great for kids turning 4-15, your child picks a menu and we take care of the rest! Make homemade pizza or pasta, or bake and mix up ice cream treats. We can even create a custom menu for you, based on favorite character. Here are our newest party themes:

  • Princess Lunch: Make Cinderella's pumpkin soup and tea sandwiches, with a reading of the classic tale.
  • Beside the Seaside: Warm Cheesy Shells and Buried Treasure cookies, perfect for pirates or mermaids.
  • Pizza on the Farm: Hear the story "The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza" and make your own pizza!
  • Give "Pizza" Chance: Peace-sign pizzas and tie-dye cupcakes, for groovy older chefs. 
NEW! Add Cupcake Frost and Sprinkle to your party for a tasty finish! Frost jumbo-size cupckaes with homemade buttercream icing, and decorate with sprinkles and candy! If you bought a Groupon, you can add this option to your party for FREE!
Call us at 813-643-7025 to check availability of your desired date.

Warm weather got you thinking of summer?

2011 Summer Camp Preview
Registration is underway for our 2011 Camp Season. If you've never been to a summer mini camp at Young Chefs before, here's how they work:
  • Camps take place Tues, Wed & Thurs
  • They run from 1-4 pm each day
  • We make & taste several recipes each day
  • Camps listed above are for age 7-14
  • Info on camp for age 5-6 coming soon!

Here's a peek at the themes. Visit us online for regsitration information or call 813-643-7025 for more info.

Diner Days, June 21-23. Love breakfast all day, or shakes and fries? Come check out our Blue Plate Special!
Time Warp, June 28-30. Spend a day each making foods from the rockin' 50's, groovy 60's and sensational 70's. Each day will feature music from the decade.
Bakery Wars, July 5-7. This camp is all about baking, with all new recipes and a Daily Cupcake Competition. Sweet!
American Road Trip, July 12-14. A tasting tour full of kids' favorite treats from around our fabulous country.
Restaurant Tour, July 19-21. All new copy-cat recipes from your favorite places. Don't dine out ... save and dine in!
Outdoor Adventures, July 26-28. Great foods for backyard BBQ's, picnics and camping out. Plus a Tiki Luau Party!
Let's Do the Time Warp Again, Aug 2-4. This time we'll flashback to the 80s, 90s and the turn of the new century, with music to keep you movin'.
Faves & Craves, Aug 9-11. Could you go through life eating nuggets and mac-n-cheese every day? Does it seem like your kids could? This camp will open their eyes to what's really in the food, as we make healthier versions of foods kids love.
That's Amore, Aug 16-18. We love you, Italian food. That's why we saved you, the best, for last.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Free Strawberry Shortcake at Lakeland Farmers Market tomorrow

FREE Strawberry Shortcake at Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market 200 N. Kentucky Avenue

Saturday, February 26th
9am until it is gone

Free Italian Ice at Rita's

What better way to celebrate the first day of Spring than with a free regular size Italian Ice at Rita’s Italian Ice! You can get your free regular size Italian Ice between noon and 9 pm on March 20, 2011.

Go here to find a Rita’s near you!

Scales and Tails Pet Festival in Auburndale

Scales and Tales Pet Festival

  • Aside from lots of things for the kids to do Losey’s Animal Hospital will be there to give you tips on how to take better care of your pet. At 10:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Dr. Losey will take questions on what’s on your mind about your pet.
  • Live entertainment by Living Among Alligators
  • Kid's Zone with a bounce house
  • Carnival games
  • Kiddie train
  • 10:40 a.m. and 1 p.m. Living Among Alligators shows take place

The pet contests begin at 11:30 a.m. and will recognize the best dressed, largest, and smallest animals. There will also be drawings for prizes. The event starts at 10 a.m. and will be at Simmers-Young Park, 5630 W. C.R. 542, Winter Haven. It’s off of K-ville Avenue behind the Auburndale Speedway. Call 534-6911."

Dr. Seuss storytime at Target

Dr. Seuss Storytime at Target
FREE at all Target stores
February 26th
9 to 11 am

Dr Suess Celebration

Dr. Seuss Celebration
at Explorations V Children's museum

Saturday, February 26th
10 am until 3pm

Hands on activities based on popular Dr. Seuss books.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Kids Eat FREE!

Kids Eat FREE!
w/adult purchase.

on Thursdays at
Rib Crib.

4960 South Florida Ave.
Lakeland, FL

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Children's Expo

Children's Expo
Tampa Convention Center
Ballrooms B-D

Saturday, February 19th
10 am until 4 pm

Polk Museum of Art-After School Art

Polk Museum of Art
February 21
4:30-5:30 pm
"I can Make it too"
Free for Members and $5 for non members per child

Tooth Fairy Tours

Tooth Fairy Tours
For ages 1-10 years old.
February 22, Tuesday at 5:30 pm
Dental activities, games, education for parents and a toothbrush for each child.

Dr. Yasrebi
2015 E. Edgewood Drive
667-9000 to reserve your free tour.

Bartow library happenings Saturday, February 19th

Paws to Read with Smiles Unleashed therapy dogs 10 am, Saturday. Receive stickers and a free book.

Pix and Popcorn at the Library at 2:30 pm on Saturday featuring "Alpha and Omega". FREE

Garage Sale for a good Cause

Camp Fire USA is having a garage sale 7 am until noon on February 25th.
8 am until 1 pm on February 26th.

2600 Buckingham Ave., Lakeland

There will be housewares, decorations, furniture, toys and books.
Call 688-5491 for more info.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Activities at Explorations V Children's Museum

Magical Monday

Preschool story and activity time.
Story is "The Valentine Bears."
10:30 am

Terrific Tuesday

Activity time focuses on school readiness skills.
Activity is "Heart Lacing."
10:30 am

all activities included with admission.

After School art at Polk Museum of art in Lakeland

After school art

Monday, February 14th
Polk Museum of Art
Free for members, $5 for non members
688-5423 for more info.

Theme: "Who is Xipi Totec?"

Polk Museum of Art Family Fun workshop

Polk Museum of Art Family Fun workshop
at the Polk City Library
February 19th
10:30 am until noon

Amazing Architecture
FREE for everyone

Family Fun workshops provide a safe, fun environment for families to participate together in hands on activities led by an art educator.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

FREE Kids Art Classes!!

Free Art Classes!
Prodigy Cultural Arts Program

Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • For ages 7-12: Dance or Visual Art from 3:15 pm until 4:45 pm
  • For ages 13-17: Theatre or Visual Art from 4:45 pm until 6:15 pm
For more info:
863-667-2000 ext. 190

2nd Annual Kelly Recreation Open House

2nd Annual Kelly Recreation Open House
Saturday, February 19th
9 am until 1 pm

  • Kid's Activities
  • Class Demos
  • Food
  • Prizes
  • Raffle

404 Imperial Blvd.
Lakeland, FL

Rodeo FREE for kids 10 and under

February 18-20
Silver Spurs Rodeo
Tickets $15 and Kids 10 and under FREE

Receive a free admission to the Osceola County Fair with purchase of a rodeo ticket.

Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 7:30 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm

Silver Spurs Arena
1875 Silver Spur Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Kiwanis Pancake Festival

Feb 12 2011 at 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tiger Town Hangar
Lakeland Hills Blvd
Lakeland, FL

All you can eat pancakes and sausage. Purchase tickets ahead of time or at the door.
Cost for children's admission is $2. Adults pay $4 in advance, available from any Lakeland Kiwanis, Citrus Center Kiwanis or North Lakeland Kiwanis members, or $5 at the door. Ticket price includes pancakes, sausage and coffee. Cold drinks are available for sale.

Lowes Build and grow clinic this Saturday

Lowe's Build and grow clinic

Music Box:
Saturday 02/12/2011

This kit makes a great Valentine's Day gift and is even more fun to build! Lift the heart-shaped lid and the music plays!

Family Fundamentals Daddy and Me!!

Daddy & Me ---- Dad's Meeting!!!!!!!
Thursday night, February 10th, 6:00 PM at Family Fundamentals
Meet other Dad's and Grandad's who what to be more involved in the life of their
child(ren). This months topic is "Fun with books and board games"
Dinner Provided FREE each month - Call (863) 686-1221 ext. 221 to RSVP

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Parent's Night out in Bartow

Parent's Night out
February 12th; 5-10 pm
Bartow Parks and Recreation

Just in time for Valentine's Day. This evening includes a pizza dinner and activities like arts and crafts and athletics.
First child: $20
Multiple children: $15
Call 863-534-0120 for more info.

Bark in the Park in Winter Haven

Bark in the Park
Saturday, February 12th, 2-8 pm

Bark after Dark
Saturday, February 12th 8-10 pm

  • Vendors
  • Wiener Dog races
  • Exhibits
  • Food, beer and wine
  • Live music
Main street, Winter Haven

Nature for kids Workshop in Lakeland

Lake Region Audubon Society
sponsored workshop includes experiments and crafts.

At Circle B Bar Reserve
4399 Winter Lake Road
Saturday, February 12th
9-11 am

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Curious George Event at Family Fundamentals in Lakeland

Curious About.....Curious George!
Thursday, February 24th, 4:30-6:30 PM
Meet Curious George and have your picture taken with him. Listen to Curious George stories and participate in Fun hands-on activities.
Take home a Curious George Book!
Come join us for this FREE - FUN - FAMILY event

Lakeland, FL, 33805
Family Fundamentals envisions a community environment that generates successful children, informed and effective parents, a legacy of strong and united families, and safe neighborhoods.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Going RED

Customers wearing RED to Macy's department stores between today and Sunday will receive all day savings. Customers not wearing red can purchase a red dress pin for $2 and receive the savings. Macy's will donate 100% of the pin sales to The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Campaign.
Also, for every Valentine sent through Macy's Facebook page, Macy's will donate $1 to the campaign, up to $250,000. Call 888-694-3278 for more info.

Downtown Lakeland First Friday

Downtown Lakeland
First Friday
February 4, 2011; 6-10 pm
Motorcycle Mania
  • Live music
  • More than 50 motorcycle related vendors
  • Motorcycles on display
  • Shops and restaurants open late
  • Classic cars

Smoke on the Water BBQ Competition

A Day of Food and Fun
February 5, 2011
10 am until 5 pm
FREE Parking
FREE Admission
Live music
Interactive Children's area
Water Ski Shows
10 am Fly over by "Waldo Wright's Precision Flight Team"

2400 Havendale Blvd, Winter Haven, FL


Heart of Florida
Regional Medical Center
Cuddle bugs
Our Complimentary maternity program is bursting with helpful facts and info. for moms to be.
  • Monthly emails about your particular stage of pregnancy
  • Gift bag when your baby is born
  • Tips and updates about infant care
Register today at

Home Depot Kids Workshop, Saturday, Feb. 5th

Home Depot Kids Workshop, Saturday, Feb. 5th

9 am until noon
Come build a Heart Shelf

The Home Depot's Kids Workshops offer useful projects including the creation of toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers, as well as more educational projects, such as a window birdhouse, bughouse or Declaration of Independence frame kit.

The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children.

In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates' aprons, and an achievement pin.

Free Tram rides at Circle B

Free Tram rides at Circle B Bar Reserve are being offered this month on a first come, first served basis. The dates are February 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. All are from 1-3 pm except for the February 13th tour it is from 4:30 pm until 6 pm.
The tours are led by experienced naturalists who can point out various species of wildlife and explain the restoration work that has been going on at Circle B.
To sign up or for more info. call 863-668-4673.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lakeland Community Theatre Spring Break Camp


Come explore the world of theatre with us! Make new friends and have a blast at your community theatre this spring break!

Get Ready for Fun!
  • We will be writing and performing our own scenes with improv, acting, and playwriting classes!
  • We'll also learn more about the theatre with hands on classes like stage makeup, set design, theatre tech, and more!
  • We even include special area classes such as vocal performance and dance!
  • No experience necessary. Just be ready to learn and have fun!
  • We accept elementary through high school students!

March 14 - 18
9am to 4 pm
*Before & After Care Available!


At our temporary TFY location,

St. Joseph's Academy

(the old academy at the church)

210 W. Lemon St.

Downtown Lakeland


$250.00 per student

*10% discount for enrolling 2 or more students OR for season ticket holders!



Give us a call

at (863) 603-PLAY

Please contact Education Director Maureen Whelan at

for more information

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Michael's events this weekend

The Knack events

  • FREE family event; Make it Take it "candy" photo holder. Friday, February 4th, 4-6 pm. Create sweet memories with easy to make treats. While supplies last.
  • Make it Take it Creatology Vinyl Figure Doll; Saturday, February 5th, 10 am until noon. Decorate a Creatology vinyl figure doll for Valentine's Day. Give as gifts or make them your own.
  • FREE Wilton Valentine's pops Demo, Saturday, February 5th, 1 pm-3pm

Babies R Us and Toys R Us great trade in event

Toys R Us and Babies R Us
Great Trade In event
January 28-February 21

Get 25% off any new car seat, stroller, travel system, high chair, play yard, bassinet, crib or toddler bed when you bring in a used one.
NO Limit! Trade in as many as you want.

Free Ash's Pikachu DS Download

Exclusive event at Toys R US!
Free Ash's Pikachu DS download!

Bring your Nintendo DS system and your Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Heartgold or soulsilver versions to Toys R US to receive the character download!

January 30-February 5