Saturday, April 30, 2011

Program for my Home Schooling friends-Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Reading Incentive Programs

enroll your homeschool

Welcome to the BOOK IT! online ordering form. We're glad you have chosen to enroll your homeschool family. Please provide the following information to request FREE BOOK IT! materials for the 2011-12 BOOK IT! Program for grades K-6.

Orders are taken on an individual homeschool family basis only. Homeschool group orders are no longer accepted. Each family must submit their own individual request.

Deadline: The 2011 enrollment deadline is September 1st., however, we will continue to accept enrollment requests on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Planning on moving? Materials will not ship until September and will not forward, therefore, if you are planning on moving, please wait to enroll until you have your new address.

Mother's get in free to Lowry Park Zoo

We're Wild About Our Moms

Sat., May 7 & Sun., May 8
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bring your DINO-MITE Mom to the Zoo with this special offer:
On May 7 or May 8, Moms will get in free to the Zoo AND DinoQuest with the purchase of their “kid’s” full-priced ticket. Don’t miss the last weekend of DinoQuest at the Zoo because— unlike our love for Moms— after May 8, Dinosaurs will go extinct—again.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Young People's Concert

Symphony Guild of Winter Haven and the Winter Haven Hospital


Young People's Concert
Sunday, May 1st, 3 pm
Polk State College's Fine Arts Theatre Winter Haven Campus
The Harrison Symphony Orchestra

FREE Concert!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happenings this weekend from the Lakeland Center

  • Looking for something to do this weekend in Downtown Lakeland? Stop by the Fancy Flea on Saturday from 9am-4pm for Central Florida's Best Vintage and Antique Fair! Free admission and more than 70 awesome vendors. Located on Kentucky Ave - come out and support our beautiful downtown!
  • We don't have a concert this weekend but you can still enjoy LIVE music in Lakeland on Saturday night! The final Doggie Bag Concert Series performance will feature Billy Floyd Live in Concert at 7pm. Bring the dogs out and enjoy a Free concert under the stars! Proceeds from the event will benefit The Humane Society. The Doggie Bag is located at 1745 East Edgewood Ave.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mother Love Family Fitness Festival

Local: Mother Love Family Fitness Festival

This Sunday, sample CoolJuice at the Sunken Gardens in St. Pete. This event will be FREE to the public - moms and families attending the event will have access to both the upstairs Expo as well as tour the gardens. There will also be various interactive demonstrations and classes going on throughout the day in the gardens outdoors.


Dine with Dora at Lowry Park Zoo

Join “Dora the Explorer” from Nick Jr.™ for the Zoo’s 6th annual Día del Niño or Day of the Child. This special day commemorates a traditional children’s festival common in Latin American countries with a variety of family activities and special character appearances by Dora the Explorer.

DON’T MISS DINING WITH DORA! The whole family can join Dora for a kid-friendly lunch buffet in Reilly’s Reserve, family dining within the Zoo’s spectacular Safari Lodge. As you and your little adventurers enjoy lunch, Dora will stop by your table for a fantastic photo opportunity!

Don’t delay … Dining with Dora may fill up today!

Please make your reservation now to avoid disappointment.

*Annual Zoo Pass members must show their valid membership cards at check-in to receive discounted dining tickets. Price includes lunch buffet only. Annual Zoo Pass membership or Zoo admission is required to enter the Zoo.

Questions? Call 813-935-8552 ext. 276 or email

Click HERE to register to Dine with Dora!

Mother's Day story time at Pottery Barn Kids in Old Hyde Park Village

Come see us at Hyde Park Village

Mother's Day Story Time - Tuesday, May 3 at 11 am
Share a story with your child.
804 South Village Circle, Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-253-0964

Pottery Barn Kids National Geographic Little Explorers Club

Join our Little Explorers Club
and learn all about sharks!

Saturday, April 30 at 10 am
We're bringing hands-on activities,
quizzes, songs and more to our stores.
Kids will receive a Little Explorers Club
badge for attending.*

Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church on Lake Morton


Shake It UpVBS is Jul 11-25, 8:30am-noon. $25/child, $50/family. Sponsorship will be provided for any child in need. Register on line with credit, debit card or check, or in the Christian Education Office. Vacation Bible School is open to all children who are three and a half before Jun 30 AND completely potty trained.There will be a VBS class for older 2's and younger 3's for workers of VBS. Children will receive an interactive DVD with the VBS music and an apron or T-shirt depending on their age when they register.

Greg's Hallmark warehouse sale!!

Huge Savings from Greg's Hallmark
Our 3rd and FINAL Warehouse Sale!

All items on sale up to 90% off!

~ Seasonal Product

~ Discontinued items

~ Scratch and Dent items

~ Office furniture

~ Fixtures

Friday, April 29th 9:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday, April 30th 9:00am to Noon


Warehouse Address:

4725 Lakeland Commerce Pkwy. Unit 22

Lakeland, Florida 33805

- Parking in back of building -

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Webkinz Van Tour

Webkinz Van Tour

is arriving at

Greg's Hallmark

on Friday, April 29th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

With a Webkinz-decorated van and enthusiastic crew, the traveling Road Trip arrives with games, contests and the always-fun audience-participation Pet of the Month Karaoke. Kids get a chance to spin the Wheel of Wow for great Webkinz prizes, and can play, talk and have fun with other Webkinz fans.

All attendees receive a free Webkinz Code Card, which members can activate to get a virtual van for their Webkinz pets.

Buy one Webkinz get one Webkinz 50% off* during the event.

Stop by and have some fun with Webkinz!

*selected styles, see store for details

Greg's Hallmark

Bloomingdale Square

863 East Bloomingdale Avenue

Brandon, FL 33511


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Monday, April 25, 2011

$5 admission at MOSI this weekend

MOSI Events & Promotions

Click here to view MOSI's event page on!

Event Name: $5 Day
Event Date(s): 5/1/2011
Event Time: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Event Location: MOSI
Event Detail:

May 1 - Kick off Maynia month at MOSI with Five Dollar Day! MOSI is offering $5 general admission on May 1. Experience more than 450 hands-on activities, including The Amazing You exhibition, Kids in Charge!, a standard IMAX Dome Theatre ticket to see Born to Be Wild and a 3-D film in the Coleman Science Works Theater.

Annual Lakeland Derby is Friday

The Lakeland Derby, an annual event sponsored by Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine will take place Friday evening at Lake Mirror in Lakeland.
Children's activities and a hat contest start the activities at 5:30 pm, with the swan boat races at 6:15 pm, 6:45 pm and 7:30 pm followed by awards, live entertainment beginning at 8:15 pm and fireworks at 9:30 pm.

The event is FREE but "super tickets" can be purchased now for a raffle offering a chance at large prizes.

For more info, go to

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day activities

Polk's Nature Discovery Center and the trails at Circle B Bar Reserve feature a series of educational stations from 9 am until 4 pm today and 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday.

Green Celebration today at the Lake Mirror Promenade from 6-9:30 pm. There will be live music and exhibits featuring green living. The event is free and attendees can take a blanket and have a picnic.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Free admission to a local garden

Sign up here with Better Homes and Gardens to get Free Admission (no ticket limit!) to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales or to any local gardens in your area on May 6th to celebrate National Public Gardens Day! The voucher is good for two admissions, so if you need more just print away!

Source: Polk Penny Pinching

PLAYGROUND Music & Arts Fest

PLAYGROUND Music & Arts Fest

maf-logoWhere: Lake Eola

When: Sunday, May 1, 2011

Time: 10 a.m - 4 p.m

PLAYGROUND Magazine presents the 3rd annual PLAYGROUND Music & Arts Fest for Central Florida families. Sponsored by Orange County Arts Education Center, the fest will blow your mind on May 1 with live performances on two stages, an arts summer camp expo and a local student art show presented by Orange County Schools. Attracting the attendance of more than 12,000 locals, you won’t want to miss this amazing festival full of fun for the whole family. To see pictures from last-year’s rockin’ good time, click here.

To register as a vendor and spotlight your business to more than 12,000 attendees click here.

So cool it’s hard to put into words … but we’ll try.

celebrity hip-hop performance by CHINGY

killer live music

special guest mc - dj digital

temporary tats

belly dancers

punk rock hairdos

jam sessions

youth soccer workshop

family pampering

summer camp expo

student art show

hot wheels racing

creative performances

character appearances

rock wall

story time

kiddie yoga

make-your-own music video

drum circle

fused fashion zone

art centers

pottery station

cirque-style face painting

Legoland activity zone

mobile bungey trampoline

circus workshops

butterfly release

performance workshops

custom sneaker design

breakdancing demos

prep for your very own live magazine cover shoot

paparazzi photo wall

and whatever else you can blow our minds with.

The PLAYGROUND Music & Arts Fest will be supporting three local organizations by raising awareness and funds for their causes. The following groups have been chosen for this years event: Runway To Hope, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and Apple-A-Day.

For sponsorship information check out out

2011 Music & Arts Fest media kit.


Blueberry Festival at Keel and Curley Winery

4th Annual Blueberry Festival!


Saturday April 30th from 8am to 6pm

Sunday May 1st from 10am to 6pm

FREE admission, Public U-Pick Em' ($3 lb)

FREE Kids Zone

Arts, Crafts & Food from over 40 local vendors.

Fun for the whole family!

$5 Parking

FRIDAY EVENINGS 5pm to midnight

Dinner served 5pm to 10pm
Happy Hour 6PM - 7PM
Wine tastings until 9PM
Live music 6:30PM - 10:30PM
$5 cover charge
Tasting room and gift shop open daily until 6pm
Visit our website for menu & specials
NEW LOGO 7_21_2010

EXPIRES 4/29/11

5202 W. Thonotosassa Rd
Plant City, FL. 33565

After Hours Wine Bar closed 4/29
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Lakeland Family YMCA Easter egg hunt

Lakeland Family YMCA
Spring Extravaganza
Easter Egg hunt

Saturday, April 23
10 am until 1 pm

Lakeland Family YMCA
3620 Cleveland Heights
Lakeland, FL

  • Free admission
  • Public welcome
  • Bouncer slides
  • arts and crafts
  • Free lunch
  • Easter bunny
  • Easter egg hunt; Don't forget your Easter basket
  • Lakeland Police K9 unit demonstration

Lakeland's Largest Egg Hunt

FREE event

  • 50,000 Eggs!!
  • Take a Picture with the Easter Bunny
  • Amazing Prizes
  • Hunts for all ages (babies too)

Saturday, April 23rd
10 am
George Jenkins High School
6000 Lakeland Highlands Road

Friday, April 15, 2011

LEGO® Store Re-Opening at Downtown Disney!

Orlando, FL

Join in the LEGO® Store Monthly Mini Model Build!
Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. A new model will be available every month and will be specially themed to that month – ask a Store Associate for details! Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. See store for more details.

Upcoming Mini Model Build:

LEGO Flower: Tuesday, May 3, begins at 5:00pm until supplies last.

Build and Buy Your Own Minifigures!
Now you can customize the minifigures you want by choosing from the selection of parts at the LEGO Store. Choose from a variety of pieces to create the minifigures you want! Minifigures include a hat or hair and one accessory, plus a cool carrying pouch, and cost $9.99 for three minifigures. Inventory varies by store; see store for details.

Summer Reading Community Challenge with PBS Kids

Get your kids reading this summer!

We’ve teamed up with PBS KIDS Raising Readers to bring you a free six-week program to build your children’s reading skills and help them discover the joys of reading.

Sign up today and starting on Monday, June 6, you'll receive:
  • DAILY EMAIL with fun activities you and your kids can enjoy together
  • EXPERT COACH Angela C. Santomero - children's media expert and creator of Super WHY!, the groundbreaking literacy show from PBS KIDS - to provide tips and answer your questions
  • Great BOOK SUGGESTIONS for kids of all ages
  • EXCLUSIVE COMMUNITY where you can share stories and suggestions with other parents taking the Challenge
  • A chance to win DAILY PRIZES
Join today and you’ll also receive a weekly email with steps to help you prepare for the Challenge.
Daily Challenge assignments begin June 6.

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31 cent scoop night at Baskin Robbins

Join us for 31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin-Robbins® and help us honor America's
firefighters. The Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation is donating $100,000 to the
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation® (NFFF). Participating stores will reduce
prices of ice cream scoops to 31 cents*. At some locations, you may also have an
opportunity to make a donation to your local fire charities.

*2.5 oz. scoops are 31 cents plus tax where applicable. Limit 3 scoops per person.

Summer Camps at Lakeland Community Theatre

Summer Camp Fun!

Our camps will be held at St. Joseph's, 210 W. Lemon St., with performances at the Polk Theatre

Extreme Stage Combat
Want to know how to fall, fight, punch, and more without a scratch? our trained instructors will show you how in this jam packed three-day camp! Enrollment Limited
Jun 29th- July 1st
9 am - 4 pm*
Ages 8 & up
Tuition: $150.00 per child

Camp Comedy!

Get ready to think on your feet, explore your creative side, and make your audience laugh till it hurts with this three-day improv. camp! Enrollment Limited.
July 6th - 8th
9 am - 4 pm*
Ages 11 & up
Tuition: $150.00 per child

Broadway Dance

If you would like to learn some basic dance steps to help you as an actor, singer, and overall performer, this three-day camp is for you! Enrollment Limited.
July 13th - 15th
9 am to 4 pm*
Ages 6 & up
Tuition: $150.00 per child

A Show in Two Weeks!

Always wanted to be cast in a Broadway show? From set design to curtain call, you'll be involved in a production on the stage of the Historic Polk Theatre. Everyone is guaranteed a role!

Aug. 1st - 13th

9 am to 4 pm*

Ages 6 & up

Tuition: $350.00 per child

*Before & Aftercare Available: $5/hour.

10% Discount for Season ticket holders or for enrolling more than one child.

Blueberry Festival at Keel and Curley Winery

4th annual Blueberry Festival is coming!

Saturday April 30th from 8am to 6pm

Sunday May 1st from 10am to 6pm

Free admission, Public U-Pick Em', Free Kids Zone

Fun for the whole family!

FRIDAY EVENINGS 5pm to Midnight

Dinner served 5pm to 10pm
Happy Hour 6PM - 7PM
Wine tastings until 9PM
Live music 6:30PM - 10:30PM
$5 cover charge
Tasting room and gift shop open daily until 6pm
Visit our website for menu & specials
NEW LOGO 7_21_2010

EXPIRES 4/13/11

5202 W. Thonotosassa Rd
Plant City, FL. 33565

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Free event at the Polk Theatre

for the Live TheatreWorks USA Production of The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. Saturday, April 23 @ 2 PM & 4 PM

at the Polk Theatre!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

FREE Digital picture

Pick Your Day & Update Her Pic

It feels like your daughter has become a tween overnight- and you will do anything to help her make this time in her life easier. Check out this ALL YOU's Great Values Newsletter from new U by Kotex® to learn about discussing her first period, and a great photo offer.

FREE Professional Portrait. Remember this special age by updating her portrait for FREE! Plan a day to visit the PictureMe Portrait Studios at Walmart, and get a FREE Professional Digital Photo when you buy any U by Kotex® product, or visit for details.

Pick a day to talk. The time for the talk about her period might be sooner than you think. Pick a day to speak about it, and be ready with new U by Kotex®, the first period product made just for tweens, available now at Walmart. Getting her first period won't be so intimidating if she's informed, so let her know that U by Kotex® is made to fit a tween's smaller body.

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Michaels' Make-It Take-It Earth Day event

Saturday, April 16

10 am until noon

Show some love to Mother Earth. Decorate your own trendy canvas tote.
While supplies last.
*while supplies last

30th Annual Children's Festival at Explorations V in Lakeland

Children's Festival
The 30th Annual Children's Festival is Saturday, April 16th from 10am-3pm!

Art! Science! Music! Bike Drawing! Wood Craft! Lowry Park Zoo Shows @ 11am & 12:45pm

$4/members, $5/general admission and all activities included with admission while supplies last.

Food available at family friendly prices!

Bartow's Friday Fest

Bartow's Friday Fest will be held April 15th from 6-9 pm along East Main Street and Central Ave. in downtown Bartow.
This street party will feature live music, food and drink, and a cruise-in car show. Children's activities are also featured.

Friday fest is held on the 3rd Friday of every month and is hosted by Main Street Bartow.
Call (863) 519- 0508 for more details.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA

Radio Disney
Family Fun and Fitness Tour

Come Join the Road Crew for Music, Games and Prizes!
Free Fun-filled day that includes interactive games plus engaging and creative family activities.

Lakeland YMCA
IT's Healthy Kids Day!

3620 Cleveland Heights Blvd.
Lakeland FL

April 16, 2011 10 am-noon

Saturday, April 9, 2011

FREE Breakfast at McDonalds for students next week

FCAT begins this Monday and McDonald's is once again offering a FREE breakfast to students from 6am-8:30am! The breakfast includes an Egg McMuffin, choice of a 1% low fat Milk or a small Orange Juice, and a package of Apple Dippers.

Source: Polk Penny Pinching

Free admission to national parks April 16-24.

National Park Week

A young park visitor scans upward with binoculars.


A young birdwatcher scans the skies at North Cascades National Park Complex, Washington.

April 16-24, 2011

Get out and discover something new about your 394 national parks. This year's focus, Healthy Parks, Healthy People, highlights the connection between human and environmental health and the vital role America's national parks play in both.

Whether your prefer a 20-mile backcountry hike in Yosemite or a leisurely stroll around Philadelphia's Independence Hall, moving outside is good for you and offers a chance to explore these places you own. Search the events calendar to find your National Park Week "must-dos," and share your national park experience on Facebook or Twitter.

Calendar of Events
Free Admission
Volunteer Day (April 16)
Junior Ranger Day (April 23)
Let's Move Outside Junior Ranger!
Support the Parks

Easter Egg Hunt at First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church in Lakeland

72 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland, FL

Sat, Apr 16, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Bring the entire family and join us for crafts, music, story time with the pastors, and of course, tons & tons of EGGS!
Free picnic and concert on the front lawn! All you need is a basket & a blanket

Important Note: There will be a jazz festival and triathlon taking place on the same day, so in order to avoid blockades, please come to the church via Hollingsworth Road (east of the church).

72 Lake Morton Driv

Come by the Mulberry Library next week for National Library Week!

We will be taking food for fines all week.
- One non-perishable food item is worth $2 towards fines. ( not good for lost items). Please no sample or out of date items.
Plus we are having a coloring contest for the kids, a design our new Library contest for those a bit older and craft & story time for grades k-5 on April 14th @ 3:30pm.
And if that was not enough we have special baskets to the child or teen "Books checked out" raffle!
Everyday is a different theme. Come by and see what each day brings!

MOSI (in Tampa, FL) is FREE for kids during April!!

Now through May 31st, you can attend an insect-loving exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), in Tampa, FL. The exhibit includes hands-on fun at Harry’s Big Adventure: My Bug World! presented by Terminix, the insect artistry of Jennifer Angus and a new IMAX film, Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure.

Admission: For $3 more than regular admission you get the “Bugging Out” exhibit and the IMAX Movie (see shows & times HERE); Total price for Adults is $23.95, Seniors $21.95, During the entire month of April, ALL Kids (up to age 12) are FREE with a paid Adult or Senior ticket! That’s a $19.95 value!! It’s a BOGO :)

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

Location: 4801 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa (get directions HERE)

Restrictions (the fine print): May not be combined with any other offers or discounts. Excludes special engagement films. Offer is valid April 1-30, 2011.Link

There is also a $2.50 USF Student Discount: $2.50 off IMAX Adult price. Valid for all evening IMAX films including Hollywood (DMR) film


Friday, April 8, 2011

A Chance to win summer camp a Glazer Children's Museum

Would you like the chance to get your child's Summer Camp for FREE?

If you're thinking at all about providing your child(ren) with a wonderful summer experience they'll remember for a lifetime, now's the perfect time to contact us.

The week of May 1st the Glazer Children's Museum will be giving three lucky winners a full refund of their one week camp!*

The Glazer Children's Museum has the newest summer camp program in Tampa Bay, offering the most innovative, fun and educational themes your child will remember for a lifetime


A) Simply 'Like us' on Facebook.

B) Enter your email. You will receive an email from us asking you to update your email preferences (you should probably put a checkmark in the box next to SUMMER CAMPS).

C) Book your child's Summer Camp with us by Sat, April 30th, 2011.


This is a rare chance to have the cost of your child's one week summer camp refunded. We will pick three (3) lucky winners at random the week of May 1st, each of whom will be refunded the cost of their one week summer camp at the Glazer Children's Museum!*


1) "I have lots of money! I don't care about winning a refund. Do I still have to book my child's camp by April 30th?"

Of course you don't have to book your summer camp with us by April 30th - camps will be available at the museum all summer long, starting June 13th - BUT if you book later, you'll have missed the opportunity of having us foot the bill.*

Camps are also beginning to fill up, so if your child would prefer a certain camp theme or a certain week, now's the best time to talk to us.

2) "I already like you on Facebook . . . am I eiligible?"

If you already like us on Facebook, and you've received this email, then you're nearly eligible. All you have to do next is book your summer camp, no later than Saturday, April 30th, for a chance to have the amount refunded.*

You can view our summer camp programs, donwload the fun and colorul PDF brochure you can share with your child, and the official camp reservation form by clicking here.


Susan Sawyer is here to help you every day except Monday and Tuesday.


For more information, you may also email Susan at

Good luck - and happy camping!

* No cash value. No alternative prize will be awarded. Winners must have booked their 2011 Summer Camp with the Glazer Children's Museum by April 30th, 2011. The base cost of one single one-week camp with the Glazer Children's Museum will be refunded to each Winner. No extras, add-ons or supplemental purchases will be refunded (such as extended care or lunches). Winners must comply with full rules of camp registration. All camps are subject to cancellation if camp attendance is lower than 50% (10 campers). We reserve the right to cancel the camp giving 2 weeks notice prior to the camp start date. In the event that a camp is cancelled, a full refund will be issued to those registered or in the case of a refund winner, alternative camp dates will be offered
Parents like you make our business feel like child's play!

Alan G Mock

Glazer Children's Museum

Customers like you make doing business a real pleasure.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

2011 Summer Camp Menus at Young Chefs Academy

2011 Summer Camp Menus
Remember that day last week when it rained all day? Well ... Chef Terika and Chef Amy took that "day in" as the perfect time to plan all of the menus for our summer camps! Visit the camp page on our website to check them out.
Here's how the camps work:
  • Camps take place Tues, Wed & Thurs
  • They run from 1-4 pm each day
  • We make & taste several recipes each day
  • Camps listed below are for age 7-14
  • Info on camp for age 5-6 online!

Visit us online for registration information or call 813-643-7025 for more info. ASK ABOUT EARLY REGISTRATION SPECIALS!

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.

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

Check out the class we cooked up with our friends from The Pottery Patch!

Only a few seats remain for each class, where your kids will learn how to hard boil eggs, make & taste Eggs-cellent Egg Salad and decorate two adorable Easter Cupcakes. Then, they will paint their very own keepsake Bunny Plate! So sweet! So messy, so FUN!
Friday, April 8 from 4-6 pm or 6:30-8:30 pm.
Call 813-643-7025 to register!

Celebrate Earth Day with Sesame Street Earth Day Activity Pack

Help teach your child the importance of nature and living things with our new Earth Day activities from Sesame Street. You and your child can color pages, play games and explore creative activities together while building a greater appreciation for nature and the environment.

Sesame Street Plant a Tree For Me Book

Timing: April 1 – May 31, 2011

To Redeem:

  • Purchase 3 Earth's Best® Sesame Street products including NEW Earth's Best Sesame Street Organic Fruit Yogurt Smoothies (offer does not include frozen foods)
  • Complete official redemption form
  • Mail in redemption form with proofs of purchase, plus $1.49 for shipping and handling.

*plus shipping and handling

Library Happenings this weekend

  • Bartow Library: Pix and Popcorn, Saturday @ 2:30 pm. "Tangled" Free Film opportunity at the library, refreshments available at a nominal charge.
  • Lakeland Library: "A Step Back in Time: American Girl", Saturday @ 2pm at the main library; their theme is "The Making of a Lady" Please register at 834-4275.
  • Mulberry Library is celebrating National Library week, April 10-16 with an elementary age coloring contest, and a teen drawing contest, a reading contest and a "Food for Fines" drive
  • Winter Haven Library is hosting a Heartland for Children seminar on positive parenting techniques beginning Friday at 9:30 am (open to the public)
  • Winter Haven Library; Saturday afternoon movies @ 2:30 pm featuring "Megamind" Refreshments at a nominal charge.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Disney Store Invites You to Minnie’s Masquerade!

Come dressed in your favorite costume and join Disney Store for:
- An exclusive viewing party of Minnie’s Masquerade before it airs on Disney Junior
- A special craft activity – make your own royal crown
- A fun costume parade where everyone wins a prize!

Friday, April 8
Session 1 – 4:30 pm
Session 2 – 6:00 pm

Saturday, April 9
Session 1 – 11:00 am (10:30 am select stores)
Session 2 – 12:30 pm

*Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited to a maximum of 25 children per session. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. Excludes Outlet locations. Call store for more details.

Max and Ruby FREE event at The Lakeland Center

Help us celebrate Max & Ruby coming LIVE to Lakeland in May with a pre-event box office party. Kids will enjoy games, crafts and a special party manners presentation by The Central Florida Etiquette Academy! The Box Office will be open for purchasing Max & Ruby Bunny Party theatrical performance tickets. 97 Country will also be on hand for the fun.

Please RSVP on Facebook!/thelakelandcenter

Summer is almost here!!

I don't know about all the other Moms out there, but I am already thinking about summer and so are my boys. There is a teacher at their school who keeps a count down outside her door from the the 1st day of the school year and today it said 44 days left until summer!! Today was the last day of the 3rd grading period at our school so only one more grading period left until the school year is done.
I know my boys are already thinking about summer because today when they got in the car after school, my oldest said, "Mom, tomorrow you should start planning our summer activities!"
So with that said, I will start researching fun, frugal things to do this summer. We are blessed to live in an area with so much to do for kids and families. So be on the look out for summer activities to mark on your calendar.
Just to name a few that I will be researching:
  • Vacation Bible Schools
  • Summer FREE Movies
  • FREE Library Programs
  • Camps
  • Children's Museum activities
  • Summer crafts
  • and more...

Children's Day at Family Fundamentals

Ahoy Mateys!!!! Hoist your anchors and set sail for Children's Day 2011, Saturday, April 9th, 10AM - 1PM. Come join in on the fun and find treasures along the way at Family Fundamentals 10th Birthday sailabration!!!!!!

April 9th; 10 am to 1 pm

  • Treasure hunt
  • giant pirate ship
  • bounce houses
  • more!!
Family Fundamentals
1021 Lakeland Hills Blvd.


Climb A Tree at Bok Tower Gardens

Family Tree Climbing

Led by qualified trainers.

Participants use ropes, harnesses and helmets for safety.
Adults and children ages 7 and older.

Reservations required.

April 9th; noon to 5 pm

Bok Tower Gardens

Cost: $17 non-members; $12 members

676-1408 for more info and to register.

Nature Workshop for Kids

Nature Workshop for Kids in Lakeland

Lake Region Audubon Society workshop educates children about the environment.
  • Presentation
  • Experiments
  • Crafts
April 9th; 9-11 am

Circle B Bar Reserve's Nature Discovery Center
4399 Winter Lake Road

644-5022 or for more info.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Centennial Parade April 9th

Floats will be decked out in the best decorations and costumes from the past 100 years and what the city may look like in another 100 years.
The parade will travel from the Orange Dome on Cypress Gardens Blvd. to US 17 and travel north to 3rd St. NW and continue through downtown Winter Haven.

April 9th at 10 am


International Festival April 9th

A display of the costume collection of Carmen Thomas, from her travels around the world, Also, a display of artifacts, along with a tasting of foods from many countries and a passport game for children.

First United Methodist Church
315 Ariana Blvd.

6 pm, April 9th
Cost: Donations

Parent Workshops

The Florida Diagnostic Learning Resources System is hosting 2 free parent workshops. FDLRS primarily works with parents and families with special needs children but all parents all invited to attend.
The first workshop is titled "Exploring New Territories" and will be held 9-11 am April 5th in the Polk County School Board building located on 2nd Street in the business complex of the Bartow Municipal airport. In this workshop attendees will learn about free resources, materials and websites to assist them with helping their children learn.
The second workshop is "Handwriting for Home" and parents will learn fun and interactive strategies to help children with handwriting skills. The intended audience for this workshop is parents of Kg to 5th grade students struggling with handwriting. The workshop is 9-11:30 am April 7th in the School Board building at the Bartow Municipal Airport.
Contact Laura Taft, 647-4258 or for further info or to register.

Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa $2 Tuesdays

Are you looking for an amazing family experience?
Better yet, how about one that will cost just TWO DOLLARS!
We are proud to announce that 2pm - 7pm Tuesday, April 5th, admission to the Glazer Children's Museum will be JUST $2 per person during these specially extended hours, courtesy of TARGET.

There's no catch, no coupons.

Simply show up at the museum between 2pm and 6pm* the first Tuesday of each month, thorugh to March 2012 and your admission is only $2 per person.

(*Although we are extending our hours until 7pm the first Tuesday of each month, we recommend allowing at least one hour minimum to visit the museum.)

Children under 1: FREE
Children 1 and older: $2.00
Adults: $2.00
Military/Seniors: $2.00


2pm - 7pm

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Thank you - we look forward to seeing you here!

Visitors like you make doing business a real pleasure!

Alan G Mock

Glazer Children's Museum