Thursday, March 31, 2011

Children's Festival at Explorations V

Mark your calendars now for the 30th annual Children's Festival coming up April 16 from 10am-3pm!
Munn Park will be jammed with fun, hands-on activities! You won't want to miss a thing! $5 per person/$4 for members!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Bazaar at Church of the Resurection (Fundraiser for Youth Missions Trip)

Spring Fling
Resurrection’s Parish Hall
3720 Old Rd. 37, Lakeland
Find exciting gifts and treasures from local vendors
and home based businesses!
Saturday, April 2nd 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. &
Sunday, April 3rd 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday morning pancake breakfast, 8 a.m.-10:30 am.! $5 for adults, $3 for children 4-11 yo
Hand-painted Greeting Cards
A and W Team Spirit Jewelry
…and many more vendors!!!
Proceeds will benefit the Resurrection Youth’s
summer mission trip.

Family Fun Workshop

Family Fun Workshop
Polk Museum of Art

"Magazine and Photo Collages"

April 2nd
10:30 am until noon


World of Reading

World of Reading

April 2nd
9am until 1pm

Barnett Family Park

FREE; Canned food will be accepted for food banks.

Children can visit five countries and get a free book.
Also, book readings by Katherine Boll and Lucia Gonzalez, performance by Jack Hartman.

Downtown Lakeland First Friday

First Friday, April 1st
6-9 pm

Celebration Hope hosted by: Lighthouse Ministries

  • games
  • entertainment
  • music
  • bounce houses
  • pony rides
  • kiddie train

Home Depot Kids Building Workshop this Saturday

Saturday, April 2nd

9 am until noon

Come build a Planter basket at Home Depot

Sun n Fun

Sun n Fun

March 29th-April 3rd


Featuring the US Navy Blue Angels

2-Day Weekend Special for Florida residents and Military personnel

$25 for adults
$10 youth (11-17)
10 years old and younger FREE

Sun n Fun Campus, Southside Lakeland Linder Regional Airport

Monday, March 28, 2011

Toys R Us Chuggington event

All Aboard for a CHUGGINGTON Celebration!

at Toys R Us.

Saturday, April 2, 2011
noon- 2pm

Come try out the newest talking interactive trains!
Plus, enjoy storytime, coloring and FREE giveaways!

City of Lake Alfred Community Day

City of Lake Alfred
Community Day

Saturday, April 2, 2011
10 am until 2 pm

  • Touch-A-Truck
  • Smash-A-Car
  • Bounce House
  • Easter egg Hunt
  • Live Entertainment
At Gardener Park across from Southern Gardens Assisted Living

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lake Wales Art Show

The show and the children's activities tent will be on the shores of Lake Wales, March 26 and 27 from 10 am until 5 pm each day.

Activities include:

  • Musical petting zoo
  • Build Bok boxes out of craft sticks
  • Ipad art
  • Video production
  • Create new fashion by recycling T-shirts
  • Robotic animals on display by Bok Academy
For more info about Citizens Bank and Trust Lake Wales Art Show contact the Lake Wales Arts Center at 863-676-8426

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Just Between Friends Sale

The Leading Children's Consignment Event in Lakeland, Florida.

Welcome to Just Between Friends of Lakeland!

Come be a part of the most anticipated children's consignment sale in Lakeland, Florida! Once discovered JBF will become an event you will never miss again. Join us as a consignor or just come by and shop...

We are a seasonal sale of "gently used" children's clothing, name brand maternity wear, toys, outside playground equipment, baby and nursery items, books, videos, and many more unique children's items.

Our Spring/Summer 2011 Sales Event
is April 8-10 at the Lakeland Center!

***REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE SPRING 2011 SALE*** Click here to join our mailing list and register!

Go ahead and start exploring our site! Click any of the links on the left and learn everything you would ever want to know about JBF of Lakeland and how to consign and/or shop at one of our events.

***Join us on facebook for the latest information, fun contests and tips.***

Explorations V Activities this week

  • Thrilling Thursday: Session focuses on early science and math. Topic is "Cereal Count" @ 10:30 am
  • Fun Friday: Session focuses on creativity and includes art activities for children of all ages. Activity is "Sailboat Collage" @ 10:30 am
  • Magical Monday: Preschool story and activity time. Story is "The Wind Blew" Monday, 3/28 @ 10:30 am
  • Terrific Tuesday: Activity time focuses on school readiness. Activity is "Making Music", 3/29 @ 10:30 am

Activities included with admission.
Exploration V Children's Museum
109 N. Kentucky Ave.

BOGO Legoland Passes

Are you a member of AAA? If not, you might want to join just to get in on this awesome deal! Beginning this Friday when you purchase a LEGOLAND Adult Standard Annual Pass ($126.99), you'll get a Child Standard Annual Pass for FREE ($99 value)! LEGOLAND Florida is due to open in October and the passes are good through Dec. 31, 2012!


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

U Pick Strawberries

FUN Activity for the Family - UPick Strawberries
When: Saturday and Sunday March 26th & 27th
Time: 8 am- 3 pm
Where: 2600 Sparkman Road Plant City, Fl 33566
Who: Open to the Public. Hosted by Wish Farms.
...Cost: $3 per flat minimum.
All proceeds benefit Family Fundamentals Partner Agency, Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Family Fit Fest March 26

On March 26th from 9 am to 1 pm at Central Park in Winter Haven, the Junior League of Greater Winter Haven will sponsor a fun filled FREE event aiming to raise awareness about fitness, nutrition and overall wellness. A family 1K, 2K and Tot Trot will kick off festivities at 9:30 am. Children can participate in a KidZ Cookoff throughout the day while learning about healthy snacks. There will also be a bounce house, games, and other activities. Dental, vision, diabetes, and other health screenings, immunizations, hearing exams and sports physicals will be offered.

Michaels activities

Michaels FREE Make It Take It activities

  • Free Make It Take It; Scrapbook Page and Shadow Box Demo, March 26th 10 am until noon Make the most of your memories with a stylish scrapbook shadow box.
  • The Knack FREE Make It Take It Bottle Caps Event; March 27th 1pm-3pm Design your own bottle cap creation.
  • The Knack Make It Take It Easter Craft Egg Event; April 2 10 am until noon Come create cute easter craft eggs. with the purchase of 7 inch craft egg.
While supplies last.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Florida Diagnostic Learning Resources System hosting free parent workshops

The Florida Diagnostic Learning Resources System is hosting 2 FREE parent workshops.

FDLRS primarily works with parents and families with special needs but all parents are invited to attend the workshops.
The first workshop is "The Four Steps to Behavior Management" and will be held from 9 to 11:30 am on Tuesday at the Polk County School Board building in the business complex of the Bartow Municipal Airport. It will teach parents various techniques to assist them with producing positive behavior for their children.
The second workshop teaches parents a planning tool to help children achieve goals. It will be held from 5 to 7 pm on March 24 th also in the School Board building.
For more info. contact Laura Taft at 863-647-4258.

Positive Parenting Seminar

Focus on all age groups, teaching positive behavior practices that work.
Taught by University of Florida behavior analysts, hosted by Heartland for Children.

When: Tuesday, March 22nd 6-9 pm and April 26 th

Learning Room 2, Family Fundamentals
1021 Lakeland Hills Blvd.


519-8900, ext 124 for reservations

Toys R Us Bike Trade In event

From Sunday, March 20 through Saturday, March 26, Toys”R”Us stores nationwide are holding

”The Great Bike Trade-in” event,

you will have the opportunity to trade in any used bike for a coupon with a savings up to $50 on the purchase of any new bike.

”The Great Bike Trade-in” event is also providing the opportunity to trade in any used bike helmet in exchange for a 25% savings on the purchase of any new bike helmet.

Visit your local Toys”R”Us store to trade in your used bike or bike helmet.
Offer good in-store only.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Nature Faire for Kids

Lake Region Audubon Society event includes crafts, games, prizes, fossil hunts, exhibits, animals, food and fun for all!!

Saturday, March 19th
10 am until 2 pm

Street Audubon Center
115 Lameraux Road
Winter Haven


Family Fundamentals School readiness class

Bridge The Gap to School Readiness classes start back Monday, 9:30 - 11:30 AM, for any child age 3 - 5 years old and a parent/caregiver. Class is FREE. No Registration Required. Come 1 day a week or 5. Whatever your schedule allows! Help prepare your child to enter school ready to succeed!!

Lakeland, FL, 33805

(863) 686-1221 ext. 221

Michael's Free Make-It Take-It event

Michael's Free Make-It Take-It event

Saturday, March 19
10 am until noon

Clay Pot event

Turn a clay pot into a giant decorative cupcake.

with purchase of clay pot.
while supplies last.

Enter the "do the Pull Ups potty dance" Sweepstakes

Enter to win a $250 gift certificate to a Mommy and Me dance or art class in your area from Pull Ups.

Free Italian Ice at RIta's on First Day of Spring 3/20/11

March 20th
First Day of Spring!
Visit Rita's for a FREE Regular Ice in the flavor of your choice!!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Lakeland Police Department Open House Next Saturday, 3/19

Lakeland Police Department to Host Annual Open House in March

The Lakeland Police Department will be hosting an open house for the community on March 11_27c 19, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the main station located at 219 North Massachusetts Avenue in Lakeland. This event is free to the public and drinks and refreshments will be served.

There will be tours of the police department, crime lab, emergency operations center, and communications. There will be activities for children and equipment displays. There will also be demonstrations by the SWAT Team, K-9 Team, Crime Scene, DUI Unit, Aviation and Hostage Negotiations Unit.

This is a great opportunity to have fun and learn more about your local police department and meet our new Police Chief Lisa Womack.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Spring Obsession in Munn Park

Spring Obsession
A Celebration of Garden, Art and Music

Munn Park
Downtown Lakeland
9am until 4 pm

Enjoy a FREE Family day of activities!
  • Explore many flowers and plants for sale
  • Garden presentations
  • Art
  • Live Jazz Music

Arts and Crafts Festival

Arts and Crafts Festival

Haines City
March 12, 2011
9 am until 3 pm

  • Fun for the whole family
  • Sidewalk art
  • children's activities
  • arts and crafts
  • petting zoo
  • entertainment
  • antiques
  • BBQ
  • Much More!!
Lake Eva Park
Haines City, FL

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Dad's night at Family Fundamentals

Dad's Night

by Family Fundamentals on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 1:58pm

Father's and Father figures are invited to join us this Thursday, March 10th, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM at Family Fundamentals for Dad's Night (no children) through the Daddy & Me Program.

This month's topic is "Positive Parenting" taught by University of Florida Certified Behavior Analysts. At this workshop Dad's will be introduced to effective parenting practices and skills deigned to improve behavior of all children ---from toddlers to teens. Dad's will learn strategies designed to improve behaviors and adult/child interactions.

Cost: FREE - Meal Provided with Registration

(Funded in part by a grant from Florida's Natural Growers Foundation, Inc. & Polk County Schools Head Start)

Call to Register (863)686-1221 ext. 221

Group Facilitator: George Butts

Dads who are more involved in the lives of their children make a difference!

Mixon Fruit Farms Orange Blossom Festival

Mixon Fruit Farms
2525 27th Street East | Bradenton, Florida 34208-7427
(941) 748-5829 | 800-608-2525

Get Directions


March 12, 2011 - Saturday
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Come join us for this fun, annual, family event. Lots of activities for the kids; Pony Rides, Bounce Houses, Rock Wall, Gyro, Gem Mining, Games, AgVenture Petting Zoo, and much more. Arts and Crafts, Entertainment, and great food. FREE Admission and FREE Parking.

Entertainment scheduled as follows:
9:00 am - National Anthem sung by Erika Quartuccio
9:15 am - Bowery Boys Barbershop Quartet
10:30 am - Bradenton Christian Drum Line
11:30 am - Starfire Dancers
12:30 pm - Gulfcoast Cloggers
1:30 pm - Makenzie Raye, Country Singer
3:00 pm - Highway 41 Band (

For more information call 941-748-5829

March 13, 2011 - Sunday
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Come join us for this fun, annual, family event. Lots of activities for the kids; Agventure Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Bounce Houses, Rock Wall, Gyro, Gem Mining, Games, and more. Arts and Crafts, Entertainment, and great Food. FREE Admission and FREE Parking.

Entertainment Scheduled:

9:00 am - Steve Johnson
12:00 pm - Ancient Ways Martial Arts
1:00 pm - Starfire Dancers
2:30 - Dr. Dave Band

For more information call 941-748-5829

March 18, 2011 - Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Health & Business Fair
Local health professionals and businesses will be on hand with free information.
Health screenings, tons of give aways, door prizes, entertainment and more.

For more information call 941-748-5829

Sunday, March 6, 2011


World of Reading


Saturday, April 2nd
9 am until 1 pm

Barnett Family Park, Lakeland

Special performance by Jack Hartman
Book readings by Katherine Boll and Lucia Gonzalez

Kids will enjoy a magical adventure through five countries and receive a FREE Scholastic Book!

  • Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Fire Engines
  • Police Cars

Michaels Free Make-It and Take-It

Saturday, March 12
10 am until noon

Free Make-it Take-it
Family event
Yarn Dolls

Learn to create and decorate a simple yarn doll.
While supplies last.

Save a Life Saturday

Save A Life Saturday
Citizen CPR

A FREE Community event!
Learn the life saving basics of CPR

March 19, 2011
9 am until 10:30 am
8:30 am
FREE refreshments and door prizes

Abundant Life Church
6780 N. Socrum Loop Rd.

To pre register or for more info. call

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Family Fun Workshop

Family Fun Workshop

Theme: "Make It New! Sculptures."
10:30 am, Saturday, March 5th


Polk Museum of Art

Bloomin' Arts Festival Children's Tent

Bloomin' Arts Festival

Children's Tent
Saturday, March 5th, 10 am until 5 pm
Sunday, March 6th, 1 pm until 4 pm

Will include hands-on arts and crafts and face painting

100 Block of East Davidson on the north side of Polk County Historical Museum

Street Painting Festival in Haines City

Street Painting festival in Haines City

Chalk artists will begin at 10 am and must finish by 6 pm.

  • Street painting
  • entertainment
  • kid's zone with a free form chalking area

Railroad park in Haines City

Munchkin is giving away baby gates.

Do you all of a sudden have a spirited
scooter on your hands? At Munchkin, we
love to hear about the little things you experi
ence as a parent – such as the first time your
baby really starts to get a move on!

"Like" us on Facebook and upload a funny
picture or video of your baby taking his or
her first steps, toddling around or dancing
silly. Those who do will have the weekly
chance to win a Munchkin EveryPlace®
safety gate and an American Express gift
card to help redesign your nursery.

One grand prize winner will receive a nursery
set from Munchkin (valued at $530.00) and
a $250.00 American Express gift card. A second prize winner will receive a $250.00 American Express gift card.

We are looking for funny and cute videos of
babies standing, walking and crawling. Prove
to us that they move, and we will enter you
to win a gate to protect their every move! Be-
cause we know little ones love to explore and
we at Munchkin love to share.

See our full line of safety gates here:

Best of luck!

Your friends at Munchkin, Inc.

Home Depot Kids Workshop

This month’s (Saturday 3/5) Home Depot FREE Kids Workshop project is a cool Race Car. Head over to Home Depot between the hours of 9am and noon.

Designed for children 5-12, materials and instruction are FREE and participants will get their very own orange Home Depot apron and achievement pin. Details are HERE.

Sun 'N Fun Skyward Festival

Night air show, portable sport airplanes, flight simulators, US Air Force rock band, eve. fly-by, Hot air balloons and more.

Dowtown Lakeland

6 pm


Possible Free Books for children birth to 4 years old

Do you have a child age birth - 4 that lives in Fort Meade, Bartow, Lake Wales, or zip code 33801?
Call Amber at 863.648.1500 ext.228 to see how your child can receive free books mailed to them through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library!

Source: Family Fundamentals

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Enter the Bond with Baby Sweepstakes

Enter the Baby Einstein: Bond with the baby sweepstakes to win a $1000 savings bond.

March Specials at Farris and Foster's Chocolate Factory

Farris and Foster's Chocolate Factory
1554 Town Center
Lakeland, FL 33803

Chocolate Time Line:
Per your request we will begin serving iced
coffee and cold frappe drinks. The next
newsletter will hold more information on
the different flavors and prices. We love
your ideas and we are listening so feel free
to to tell us how we can serve you better.
Tasty Coffee
and Frappes
March 2- Half-Price Cupcakes ALL DAY
March 4 - Date Night 8 or 9*
March 5- Cupcake Happy Hour 5-10
March 7 - Family Night*
March 9 - Half-Price Cupcakes ALL DAY
March 11 - Date Night @ 8 *
March 12- Cupcake Happy Hour 5-10
March 14 - Family Night * reservations required

Free Sneak preview performance of Mickey's Magic Show

Enjoy a FREE sneak preview performance

Glazer Children's Museum: Thursday @ 2:30pm


Join us as Master Illusionist Brad Ross from Mickey's Magic Show performs live at Glazer Children's Museum this Thursday, March 3rd @ 2:30pm!

Free to all visitors to the museum this Thursday, you can enjoy a magical preview of the show AND meet Brad's best friend and magic counterpart, Goofy!

That's right - this is your chance to meet GOOFY in person, get an autograph and take a picture of your child with this all-time favorite Disney character.

Goofy at Glazer Children's Museum


Disney Live! presents Mickey's Magic Show this week in Tampa Bay at:

  • Lakeland, FL - Robert V. Youkey Theatre - March 2nd and 3rd
  • St. Petersburg, FL - Progress Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater - March 4th
  • Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum - March 6th

For a special discount of $3 off per ticket, visit TicketMaster and enter promo code: MAGIC

We'll see you here - don't miss it!

FREE Make-It Take-It event at Michaels

FREE Make-It Take-It event at Michaels

Family event
Dr. Seuss Bookmark

Weds., March 2
10 am until noon

Join the Seuss Birthday celebration.
Come make your own festive bookmark creations.

while supplies last.
ages 3 and up welcome.