Friday, November 30, 2012

Free Pics with Santa from Magnify Bank in Lakeland

Free Pics with Santa sponsored by Magnify Credit Union

  • December 3rd, 6-8 pm @ Hawthorne Inn, 610 Lakeland Highlands Road;  (last year they had cookies and hot chocolate too!)
  • December 7th, 2:30-:30 pm @ Magnify Credit Union on 540A next to Brusters (last year they had refreshments, entertainment and a live reindeer!)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Santa's Workshop at Family Fundamentals

Santa's Workshop

Family Fundamentals

Saturday, December 1, 2012

9:30 am until 2 pm

1021 Lakeland Hills Blvd

  • Pics with Santa
  • Create your own Holiday snack
  • Hands on Christmas activites
  • Holiday storytime
Santa will be handing out children's books!!

Lakeland Square Mall Holiday experience

Lakeland Square Mall Holiday Experience

December 2nd

1-3 pm

  • Radio Disney
  • Children's Activities and Games
  • Mystery Shopper Gift Bags

Home Depot Build, Saturday, December 1st


Build a picture frame

Finished painted example shown
Saturday, December 1, 2012

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


• FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12 offered the 1st Saturday of 
  every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
• Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride 
  and accomplishment.
• All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative 
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Lowes Holiday Build, Saturday, December 1st

Sandman's Plane

Saturday, December 01 (10:00 AM)
The Guardians are back at Lowe's this weekend! Bring your kids into Lowe’s to build Sandman's Plane from DreamWorks Animation's new movie Rise of the Guardians!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Holiday Ice Block Party in Mulberry

Photo: Reminder:  Come see us on the 1st!  Frank Garcia will be showing "Phosphate Wonderland"!  I cannot begin to tell you how cool this show is...DON'T MISS IT!

  • Crafts
  • Contests
  • prizes
  • Special Presentations

Donuts for Dads

Donuts for Dads

Hands on doughnut making activity for fathers and children.

Saturday, December 1st @  9 am

Explorations V Children's Museum in Lakeland

Above activity is included with admission.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tree Lighting at Lakeside Village

Can't believe Christmas is coming so soon and Lakeside Village is lighting their tree this Friday night!!

Salvation Army Kettle Kick Off and Tree Lighting

 Join Lakeside Village as kick off the holiday season with our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony!

11-16-2012 to 11-16-2012, 6 pm - 7pm

Friday, November 2, 2012

Day of the Dead Celebration and workshop

Day of the Dead Celebration and Workshop

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2012 — 10:30 AM TO 12:00 PM  
Children of all ages are invited to the event where they will be able to craft their very own Day of the Dead pin and alter in honor of their ancestors.

Polk Museum of Art

Sandspur Seafood Festival

Sandspur Seafood Festival
Saturday, November 3, 2012 - Lake Eva Park - 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Catch the food truck craze at this year's Sandspur Seafood Festival. A variety of purveyors are offering a delicious assortment of seafood, as well as basic fare for the land lovers.  But it's not all about the food, there will be craft vendors, games for all ages, musical entertainment, and boating.

Red Ribbon Run and activities

20th Annual Red Ribbon Run Set for Saturday at Tigertown

Published: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 11:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 11:40 p.m.
The 20th annual Red Ribbon Run, free for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, will take place Saturday morning at Joker Marchant Stadium at Tigertown in Lakeland.
Participants who pre-registered through their school will receive a free Celebrate Drug Free Red Ribbon Run shirt.
Adults and older students can pay a $10 registration fee to compete in the open run.
Registration check-in starts at 7 a.m., with the first race at 8 a.m. Prizes will be awarded.
A Kids Health & Wellness Carnival will celebrate healthy living from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For $5, participants can gain admission to the carnival's interactive attractions, refreshments and entertainment.
The BloodNet USA bloodmobile will be present during the carnival.

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Water, wings and wild things at Circle B Bar Ranch

Water, Wings & Wild Things

FUN & Activities for Kids of ALL Ages!
Celebrate Nature on November 3rd at the one day FREE event. Meander the trails and visit with the vendors. LIVE animals such as Alligators, Bald Eagles, Owls, Snakes, and even a Florida Panther will make an appearance during the event, and you do not want to miss out on learning more about these animals. There will be tree climbing, nature art, a prescribed fire obstacle course and much more. There will be something for the whole family.

So much to do!

  • Hands-on Wildlife Safaris featuring a Florida panther
  • Prescribed Fire Obstacle Course
  • Kite Making
  • Living with Alligators (see living alligators)
  • Tree Climbing for six-year-olds and up
  • Environment Exhibits
  • Native Plant Sale
  • Butterfly Tent

Friday, October 26, 2012

Lowes Build and Grow workshop

Creepy Keeper

Saturday, October 27 (10:00 AM)
Halloween is here! Get the haunting started with this awesome creepy Keeper.

Trick or Treat Wednesday

Trick or Treat with the residents of Hawthorne Inn of Lakeland. 

Preschoolers and homeschoolers welcome.

Refreshments served.

9:30 am on Halloween

863-644-6414 for more info.

Community Halloween party at TBA Church in Lakeland

1815 County Road 540A
Lakeland, FL 33813


Family Halloween Party

Family Halloween Party

Polk Museum of Art

Vintage Halloween celebration includes a scavenger hunt, games, story time, and movie.

Costumes encouraged.

Saturday, October 27th

4-7 pm

$5 per child, $3 per adult

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Boktoberfest Plant Sale - October 20, 2012

Let's get squirrely! Boktoberfest is almost here.

Get out your lederhosen and come out to our fourth annual Boktoberfest Plant Sale on Saturday, October 20! Help us celebrate the start of the Florida gardening season with more than 40 plant vendors, and be here for the debut of our new carillonneur Geert D'hollander performing concerts on the Singing Tower. Also enjoy live music featuring the Jimmy & Eckhard Oktoberfest Show, plus German food, craft and seasonal beers, tree climbing and much more!

$5 Pinewood Estate Tours During Boktoberfest.

Take one last look at Pinewood Estate before it gets decked out for the Holiday Home Tour with discounted admission during Boktoberfest.

Friends don't let friends miss Boktoberfest.

It's not a party without your friends. Click here to spread the word on Facebook or forward this email to invite others to Boktoberfest!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

So many Fall events in Polk County...

  1. Pumpkin Patch in Winter Haven; Westwood Middle School Ag Department, 3520 Ave. J NW                      Pumpkin Patch will include activities for younger children on weekends, including face painting, story time and pumpkin decorating stations. All money raised will go to improving greenhouse facilities.       When:  Oct. 13-31 4-7 pm on Mon-Fri., 9 am-7 pm on Saturday and 10 am-4pm on Sundays
  2. Fall Carnival in Winter Haven; Grace Lutheran School, 320 Bates Ave., S.E.  When:  October 18, 2:30-6 pm; Photo booth, face painting, water tag maze,gladiator pedestal joust, bounce house,pony rides, dunk tank, games with prizes, food, country store featuring baked goods.
  3. Creepy Crawly Fall Family Festival sponsored by Camp Fire USA, 2600 Buckingham Ave., Lakeland; When: October 15, 6-9 pm   Cost: $5 for non members and $4 for members; Activities include Carnival games, costume contest, prizes, crafts, Also- Hot dinner $2.50  More info. 863-688-5491

STEMtastic Saturday Camp

STEMtastic Saturday Camp 

Sun 'n Fun and the Florida Air Museum offers a science, technology, engineering and math camp for ages 7-14.

10 am until 2 pm; the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Tom Davis Education Center on the Sun 'n Fun campus at Lakeland Linder Airport

Cost: $25

863-904-4073 for more info.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

City of Lakeland Kid's Tennis Halloween Spectacular

City of Lakeland Kid's Tennis Halloween Spectacular

October 16
5-7 pm

This event includes tennis, games, prizes, food and fun with a Halloween theme. This free event is for all beginner junior tennis players ages 6 to 14.

Activities include tennis-themed games such as Casket Ball, Pinata Serving, Ghost Busters, Black Rat and Bat Relay, Simon Swings on a Broom for prizes. Children can enjoy free pizza and awards for best costume. A bag of treats will be given to the first 100 to sign up.
Rackets and balls will be provided.
Players must RSVP by Oct. 15 by calling (863) 834-2374.

Lowes Build and Grow workshop this weekend!

Ghoul Bus

Saturday, October 13 (10:00 AM)
Halloween is right around the corner! Get in the spirit with this spooktacular Ghoul Bus!

Mommy and Baby Expo

Mommy & Baby Expo
Saturday, October 13, 2012

9 am until 2 pm

This event is sponsored by Watson Clinic and is open to everyone; new Moms, new Dads, soon to be parents, and siblings too! Come and enjoy activities for the entire family.

First Presbyterian Church
175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive

  • Physician Presentations
  • Nurse Lactation Consultants
  • Daddy Bootcamp
  • Children's Activities
  • Maternity Fashions
  • and much more!
Call 863-393-9475 for more info.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Lakeland Fire Department Open House Event

Lakeland Fire Department 7th Annual Open House

Saturday, 10/13 from 10 am until 2 pm

Station 1; 701 East Main Street, Lakeland

This FREE event will include educational and family oriented activities focused on the importance of fire escape planning and practices as well as fire prevention. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Upcoming events in Bartow

  • Miller Family Haunted House at the Bartow Civic Center ; Thursday and Friday, October 11 and 12, 8-11 pm                Tickets on sale now, Call (863) 534-0120
  •    Ghost Stories at the Museum: The History Center
Polk County Parks & Recreation and the Cracker Storytellers will have their annual "Ghost Stories at the Museum" on Friday, October 12th from 7pm-9pm.     Adults: $4 and children $2 
Polk County History Center
The museum is located in downtown Bartow at:
100 East Main Street (corner of Main & Broadway)
Bartow, Florida 33830

Friday, October 5, 2012

Polk Authors and Illustrators Festival

Polk Authors and Illustrators Festival

Saturday, October 6th
9 am until 3 pm

South Kentucky Ave. (between Main and Lemon Streets)
Downtown Lakeland

  • Lakeland Christina Rotary Club will be distributing free children's books while supplies last.

More info:

First Friday Downtown Lakeland

First Friday
Downtown Lakeland

Friday, October 5th
6-9 pm

"Strut your Stuff Art Walk!"

  • Local artists
  • Performances
  • artwork for sale
  • live music
  • special performance of "Thriller" 
  • Shops and restaurants open late

Home Depot Kids Building Workshop

Home Depot
Kids' Building Workshop

Saturday, October 6th
9 am until noon

Come build a Fire Truck Workshop

Friday, September 28, 2012

National Museum Day

National Museum Day is Saturday, 9/29.

Three museums in Polk County are celebrating by giving free admission; Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Explorations V, and The Polk Museum of Art.

Bok Tower and Explorations V require guests to go to
to download and print off a free ticket for 2 guests.

The Polk Museum of Art does not require you to present a ticket. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Looking for a fun place for your kids so you can have a date night?!?

  • Need a date night? Or just something different & fun for the kids to do? Well here it is...Friday, Oct.12th you can bring the kiddos to GMG from 6-9pm for a Pumpkins & Pajama Party! Only $20 for members ($25 non) includes dinner & dessert, arts & crafts, games & activities with a fall theme...will end the evening with a big screen viewing of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" RSVP's required.

    Grant me Grace Studios
    Paula Baker

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Family Day Open House at the SPCA

Family Day 
Open House
at the SPCA in Lakeland
5850 Brannen Road South


The SPCA celebrates the opening of its expanded McClurg Animal Medical Center. Dog friendly event features: 
  • tours 
  • live surgery broadcast 
  • vet equipment demos 
  • bounce house 
  • face painting 
  • doggie games
  • and more....
Kids can bring stuffed animals that need repair and vets will perform teddy bear surgery.

Saturday, September 22, 2012
10 am-4 pm

Here's a picture of our SPCA babies that we adopted August 9th!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chick fil A Father Son Football night

  • Ok Dad's! Don't forget to make your reservations for our Father Son Football Night next Monday! We have a lot of great things planned! Go to and make your reservation today!

    When you go to the website to reserve your spot, click on Tampa area and scroll down for the Lakeland Chick fil A locations. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lowes Build and Grow Clinic this weekend

Fire Truck

Saturday, September 22 (10:00 AM)
Safety Month starts in October! Get it started right by building this cool Fire Truck at your local Lowe's!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Child Car Seat Checks in Winter Haven

Check Safety of your child car seat

Saturday, Sept. 22 at Toyota of Winter Haven

FREE Car Seat check class at 9am and seats will be checked from 10 am to 1 pm

You will need with you:

  1. your child
  2. your car owner's manual
  3. the instructions for the child car seat
For more info: 863-298-6578

Grant Me Grace Studios

Grant Me Grace Studios

4620 S. Florida Ave., Suite 101

Grant Me Grace is a Christian based studio with classes in art, fitness, music, math, Spanish and more for preschoolers through adults.

Contact Grant Me Grace at or call

Paula Baker-863-581-1498
Tracy Lafler-863-425-5317

Sidenote: I first met Paula at a meeting of Lakeland Parents of Multiples since she also has twins who are the namesake of the studio; Grant and Grace. I am so happy for her opening this great business and wish her much success!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

J.C. Penney brings back free haircuts for kids

J.C. Penney brings back free haircuts for kids

Children who missed the opportunity to get a free haircut at J.C. Penney (JCP) last month will get plenty more chances.

After an overwhelming response to the chain's free haircut program offer for children in August - 1.6 million haircuts, to be exact - Penney will be making it a permanent offer every Sunday, starting Nov. 4.

As part of that overall mission, Penney will also be offering free haircuts to breast cancer survivors in October, which is breast cancer awareness month, Hodges said

National Talk Like a Pirate Day Freebie at Krispy Kreme

National Talk Like a Pirate Day Freebie at Krispy Kreme

This Wednesday, Sept 19th,  is National Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day and Krispy Kreme is getting in on the fun by offering you a FREE Doughnut when you go to one of their stores and talk like a Pirate. But it gets even better…if you dress up in a Pirate outfit, they will give you an entire dozen doughnuts for FREE! Ahoy Matey! Check out all the details HERE.


Here is a link for more information and to find out if your location is participating;

$5 Day at Lowry Park Zoo

$5 Day at Lowry Park Zoo
Sunday, Sept. 22nd

9:30 am-5:00 pm

Zoo rides are not included with admission.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer
Friday, September 7, 2012
6-9 pm

First Friday
Downtown Lakeland

  • Pet portraits
  • Pet Parade
  • K-9 Demonstrations
  • Rescue Groups
  • Kennel Clubs
  • Prize Drawings
  • Give Aways
  • Product Samples

Donuts for Dads!

Donuts for Dads!

Every First Thursday of the month
at 10 am

Included with Admission

109 N. Kentucky Ave
Downtown Lakeland

Friday, August 31, 2012

FREE Family Day at Polk Museum of Art

Saturday, September 15, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Invisible Elephant”

All FREE, All Day!
Come join us in celebrating our current exhibition, “Invisible Elephant: New Works by Theo Wujcik and Kirk Ke Wang“ at Family Day. A FREE annual open house and art carnival for the entire family! This year, families will have the opportunity to explore Asian culture through fun activities, art projects, live entertainment, games, balloon bending, face painting and more. PLUS, the first 725 children (3 years old and up) through the door will receive a bag of FREE back-to-school art supplies!

Entertainment will include:

A-1 Magic Show – Luis Campaneria
Lion/Dragon Dance – Sifu Och’s Martial Arts
Storytelling with Live Painting – Rick Olivo
Balloon Bending and Stilt Walking – Mike Weakley
and more…
For more information, please call 863.688.5423

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Local YMCA events this week

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Synchronized Swimming Event Saturday

The Lakeland YMCA Flamingo Synchro Swim Team's 29th Annual "Let's Try Sychro Beginner's Clinic"

9 am to noon

Saturday, August 25th

3620 Cleveland Heights Blvd

Fee $10 with registration at the door.

Wear a swimsuit and bring a towel and change of clothes.
For more info: 863-644-3528

Movies on the Lawn in Bartow

Movies on the Lawn
Friday @ 8:30 pm

"Despicable Me"

NW corner of Wilson Ave. and Main St. in Bartow

FREE Admission

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

AMF Bowling Lakeland Kids' Fest

AMF Lakeland Lanes

August 25, 2012

10 am - 2 pm

Kids who attend will receive:

• 1 FREE hour of bowling, shoes included

• $1 Hot dogs & $1 Small Sodas

Kids who sign up for a league receive:

• 2 FREE practice games

• The chance to sign up and win a

NEW custom bowling ball valued at $159!

So call AMF Lakeland Lanes at (863) 646-5791

and sign up today!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The LEGO Store Monthly Mini Build for August.

The LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build!

One day each month you can learn how to build a cool LEGO 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 aged 6 to 14 only. Check with your local LEGO Store for dates and times.

Join in the Next Mini Model Build!

US LEGO Stores

LEGO Shark: August 7, begins at 5:00pm until supplies last

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Mulberry Summer Reading Program coming to an end

We have enjoyed getting to know a different library location this summer and the boys have enjoyed some great prizes for keeping up their reading logs.

The boys prize for the last week of The Mulberry Library's Summer Reading Program;

Their end of the summer reading program celebration party is coming up soon. Here is the info if you participated in their program this summer;

Did your children participate in our Summer Reading Program?

Then we need your children's Reading Logs by Monday, August 6th to determine our Grand Prize Winners! You are invited to come to our End of the Summer Party, August 10th at 11:00. If you are planning on coming, please call or come by to register. 863-425-3246.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Annual Back To School Cut-A-Thon

Micheline SalonSpa will conduct the Annual Back To School Cut-A-Thon on Sunday, August 19, from 2:00 to 4:30pm!

Proceeds will benefit Heartland For Children, our local community based care agency helping disadvantaged children of Polk, Highland, and Hardee Counties. Heartland For Children promotes the prevention of child abuse and oversees the provision of services for children who have been abused and/or neglected. Cash or check only; call Micheline SalonSpa at 863 644 0102 for details.

Haircuts, Adults 11 & Older $20

Haircuts, Children 10 & Younger $15

Buff & Polish Nails, Hands $15

Chair Massages, 10 minutes $10

Eyebrow or Lip Wax $10

Micheline SalonSpa • 5035 South Lakeland Drive • Lakeland FL 33813 • (863) 644.0102

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Maggiano's Kids' Cooking Class

Kids' Cooking Class

Looking for an entertaining activity for your child? Let the fun begin!

Come join us for a Kids' Cooking Class on Saturday, August 4th from 10:00am-11:30am.

Children ages 6-12 years of age are welcome.

$30 per child and one parent eats free!

Additional parents or guests are $20 per person.

The Kids will be preparing one of our classic Italian dishes, and will also receive a chef hat and goody bag to take home!

There will be food served to the adults during the class, and to the kids

Please call our Banquet Office at 813-288-0066 to reserve your child's spot.

Seating is limited, and our classes fill up fast!

Maggiano's Little Italy

203 Westshore Plaza

Tampa, FL 33609

Deborah Benanti

Executive Chef


Discovery Days at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales

Discovery Days – Great Escapes!

A literary escape into the Gardens!

Register Now

$10 per class. $55 all classes. 1 parent free per child. 10 a.m. – noon

Your child will discover nature’s joy in a whole new way with each week’s literary escape into the Gardens – all while playing outside and making new friends! We’ll take some of our favorite books outside and watch the words leap right off of the page as we explore new worlds together! Each week will feature a new book as we take a playful and informal approach to reading and nature appreciation – sure to uncover new treasures or reinvent old favorites. Readers of any level can participate whole-heartedly in all activities. Program is designed for children ages 6-12.

July 11: Holes by Louis Sacchar

July 18: The Missing Gator of Gumbo Limbo by Jean Craighead George

July 25: The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnet

August 1: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

August 8: Hoot by Carl Hiassen

August 15: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Each program begins and ends at the Olmsted House with activities taking place outside in the Gardens. Parents are welcome to join their children as they participate in each program. A light snack and beverage will be provided (please bring a reusable water bottle). Please bring sun protection and a raincoat or umbrella.

Back to school Blast 2012

FREE Family Event

for Polk County Residents

Back to School Blast 2012

Saturday, August 4, 2012

10 am until 2 pm

at The Lakeland Center

Sikes Hall
701 W Lime Street
Lakeland, FL

Children Pre-K through 5th grade

  • FREE Physicals and Immunizations
  • Body Mass index
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Speech & Hearing
  • Fun hands on activities
  • Get connected to resources in your community
  • School supplies for children (while supplies last)

No pre-registration required. Register at The Lakeland Center on the day of the event starting at 7:30 am.

For more info: 863-686-1221 ext 221

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kids eat free at Legoland FL on Sundays

Kids Eat Free!*

(with their Annual Pass)

Sundays - Now through August 26th

At Fun Town Pizza & Pasta Buffet

with paying adult.

Show Your Pass and Save!

Show both the adult and child annual passes at Funtown Pizza & Pasta Buffet on Sundays (July 29, August 5, 12, 19 & 26) to receive a free child's meal with the purchase of an adult meal.


*One complimentary child's meal with the purchase of a paid adult meal. Offer good when valid LEGOLAND Florida Annual Pass is shown for both the adult and child. Offer is non-transferable and may not be redeemed for cash. Offer valid at Fun Town Pizza & Pasta Buffet on Sundays only- qualifying dates are July 29, August 5, 12, 19 and 26 only.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Get a Free Book from Scholastic and Kelloggs

Get a FREE Book from Scholastic and Kelloggs'

Here’s how

it works:

1. Purchase* specially marked Kellogg’s products available only

at Walmart, and locate the code printed inside each box.

2. Sign up for Kellogg’s Family Rewards at KelloggsFamily

and enter your codes.

3. Follow the instructions online to redeem your coupon!


You can get as many coupons as you like, so stock up on specially marked Kellogg’s products at Walmart. All codes must be entered by

July 6, 2013.

Vacation Bible School with some Back to School Freebies

Check out the link above for Vacation Bible School at Edgewood Baptist Church. To be eligible to receive the backpack with school supplies and the shoes, the child being registered must attend all five nights of the Olympics, from August 5th to August 12th. An absence on any of these nights disqualifies the child from the Olympics and receiving the shoes and school supplies.

Fun at the Bartow Library

Today we had a fun morning at the Bartow Library. We went to their Super Summer Show featuring Katie Adams' Make Believe Theater. It was a cool show with Star stories about Greek Myths using shadow puppets. I found more about her here;

Jack was once again lucky and got to be called up to be her assistant.

After the show, it looked like it might storm soon, but we wanted to spend a few minutes outside exploring. It has been raining so much lately, that we have felt cooped up at home the past few days. We actually went behind the library and saw a wild cat living below the library (too fast to get a picture of him) and we found a Memorial Garden with pretty flowers and butterflies.

Then, we stopped to throw some sticks and rocks into the lake behind the library and are pretty sure we saw some turtles sticking their heads up out of the water.

Finally, we stopped at the Statue of Liberty for a Photo opportunity and then walked along Veterans' walk where they have listed local War Heroes and the wars in which they fought for our country.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Frugal events for the week

I just realized we have nothing structured this week coming up; no Vacation Bible School or any kind of camp to keep us busy so I am researching things to do without breaking the bank.

Here are the Free or cheap kids' activities for the week:

  • Free Summer Movies at Cobb; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 am are Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and Happy Feet

  • Bartow Library Free Summer Show is Wednesday, July 18th at 10:30 am; Katie Adams' Make Believe Theater

  • Events at the Mulberry Library are as follows; Tuesday, July 17th at 3:30pm-Tweens are making Dreamcatchers, Wednesday, July 18th at 10:30 am Preschoolers have song and story time, Thursday, July 19th at 1pm school aged kids are making Bad Dream spray and on Friday there is Summer Movie Day at 1 pm

  • Lakeland Library's Free Summer Show at the Lake Mirror Center is Friday, July 20th at 10 am and it is Karen Climer's Crazy Balloon Show!

Don't forget FREE Bowling at AMF and FREE Skating at Skateland!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Power Camp at St. Paul Lutheran

PCSO at Chik-Fil-A "Kids" night next Tuesday

Looking for something to do next Tuesday? From 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17th, Polk County Sheriff's deputies, members of the PCSO Dive Team, a K-9 team, and Crime Prevention members will appear at the Chick-Fil-A restaurant located at 4625 South Florida Avenue to raise money for the United Way.

Chick-Fil-A has agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds during this 3-hour event to the United Way. Tuesday is also "Kids' Night" at the restaurant, which means kids' meals are free with an adult meal purchase.

The PCSO Dive Team will be on hand to talk about the job they do and demonstrate the equipment they use; a PCSO K-9 team will also be there to do a live K-9 demonstration. PCSO Crime Prevention members will be there with a static display, giveaways, and crime prevention tips.

Bring the family! Come eat some great food and support your local United Way!

New play area at Brandon mall opening Friday, July 13

Tomorrow, July 13, Westfield Brandon shopping center will celebrate the grand opening of a new play area themed after Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Sesame Street Safari of Fun!

The grand opening will kick off at 10 a.m. when Westfield Brandon opens, and will feature animal ambassadors from Busch Gardens and Sesame Street characters until 11 a.m. and giveaways for the first 250 guests to arrive!
It's inside the mall near Dick's sporting goods and Books-A-Million.
Photo: Tomorrow, July 13, Westfield Brandon shopping center will celebrate the grand opening of a new play area themed after Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Sesame Street Safari of Fun!

The grand opening will kick off at 10 a.m. when Westfield Brandon opens, and will feature animal ambassadors from Busch Gardens and Sesame Street characters until 11 a.m. and giveaways for the first 250 guests to arrive!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Coupon Discounts for Tampa attractions

Check out this website for some discounts to a couple of Tampa attractions.

Check out what I found on the website for the Children's Board of Hillsborough County.

Buy an adult ticket to the Glazer Children's Museum and get a child's admission FREE!

Lowry Park Zoo Coupon - Read to Your Baby (Starts 04-03-2012)


Please complete three short True/False questions and short survey to receive your free child ticket to LOWRY PARK ZOO with purchase of an adult ticket! After you answer these brief questions, your printable coupon will appear.

A Freebie for Mom this Friday

July 13, Noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy a free Tall (12 fl. oz.) handcrafted Starbucks Refreshers™ beverage at participating stores. No purchase necessary. Limit 1 per person. Share this offer

Cool Lime

with real lime

Very Berry Hibiscus

with whole blackberries

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pottery Barn Kids upcoming events in Tampa

Pottery Barn Kids Hyde Park

Sign up today! Call 813-253-0964 or stop by 804 South Village Circle, Tampa, FL.

Saturday, July 14th at 3 pm & 4 pm

Join us for a special crafting event designed for little readers. Kids will create their own colorful canvas tote, perfect for carrying books and more! This hands-on activity is a great way to get young ones even more excited about exploring the world of books. Reserve your spot today by calling your local store.

Cost: $10
Saturday, July 21 at 9 am - 11 am

Join us for a special preview of our fall

collection! Guests will be the first to see our latest designs for kids and babies, and can get expert design and decorating advice from our Design Studio Specialists. Light refreshments will be provided.

Cost: Free
Tuesdays at 11 a.m.

Kids of all ages are invited to join us for story time. Members receive an official Book Club Passport at their first story time, and a special gift after attending five.

Your kids can practice reading anywhere and to any creature!!

Today my boys practiced reading to a neighborhood cat and she did not correct them at all!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sam's Club diaper deal

Get a $10 Sam's Club Gift Card

July 9 – July 31 only!
When you buy TWO different products (like diapers and wipes) from the brands below in a single transaction.*

No further action required.

Card mailed after valid purchases.**

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Cow Appreciation Day!

Join Us July 13, 2012, at Your Chick-fil-A® Restaurant

It’s back! Time to break out your cow-spotted apparel and leave your wallet out to pasture!

On Friday, July 13th, Chick-fil-A Restaurants nationwide will celebrate our annual Cow Appreciation Day event by offering a FREE meal to any guest who visits the restaurant fully... dressed as a cow!

Guests dressed "head to hoof" in cow attire will be rewarded with a FREE Chick-fil-A meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner). For those "too chicken" to wear full cow costumes, Chick-fil-A will award a complimentary entrée to customers partially dressed in cow attire, such as a cow-spotted scarf, purse, hat or other accessory.

And, starting July 13, our Best Cow Costume Photo Contest returns! Enter online, on Facebook or using the updated Chick-fil-A iPhone app for a chance to win a $100.00 Chick-fil-A gift card or other prizes!

Visit for more details including cow costume ideas and tips, downloadable cow spots, masks and other bovine-themed accessories.