Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fairytales & Frogs VIP Tea Party Invitation

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! All the princesses and knights from across the land are gathering at an event that’s sure to be grand – the Zoo’s first ever Fairytales & Frogs, a royal celbration of frog conservation! Come dressed as your favorite fairytale character for a day of discovery and fun with frogs. Meet real frogs and toads, and the zookeepers who care for them.
Don't delay ... register TODAY for the VIP TEA PARTY, a special opportunity fit for a queen (or king)! Tea party guests will enjoy a selection of tasty royal fare, served in the Reilly's Reserve family dining restaurant, overlooking the African habitat area. Multiple seatings will be available and may be reserved in advance, while spaces last.
After tea, stay for LIVE entertainment at 3 pm featuring recording artists Shealeigh and Tampa's own Zack Montana from Radio Disney’s N.B.T. (Next BIG Thing.)
Click HERE to Register for the VIP Tea Party

Sunday, April 29 • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Annual Children's Festival

31st Annual Children's Festival 
Explorstions V

Saturday, April 21, 2012
10 am until 3 pm

$7 per child/$5 for museum members under 2 are free

  • Giant slide
  • big wheels
  • Balloon art
  • Bounce house
  • goodie bags
  • Bike give away
Entertainment includes:
Reactory Factory at 11 am
Lowry park zoo at 11:45 and 12:45

Magnify Green Celebration

Magify Green Celebration
Concert and Showcase

Turn up the Volume
Friday, April 20th
6-9:30 pm

Lake Mirror Promenade
  • Live concert
  • exhibits promoting green living
  • Food and fun!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Children's Festival Munn Park April 21st

See the Reactory Factory at Explorations V's Children's Festival on April 21! They'll be entertaining at 11a.m. Join Explorations V for the 31st Annual Children's Festival and Picnic in the Park! Only $7 per person. Museum members are $5 each.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Links for Local Summer activities

2012 Lakeland Public Library Summer Program Schedule

2012 Lakeland Public Library Summer Program Schedule

Celebrate the 2012 summer reading theme... coming to our live summer shows!!!
All shows are FREE and are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Groups are welcome and no reservations are needed.
The following programs will be held Thursdays at 10:30am at the
  Simpson Park Community Center
1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
in the multipurpose room
June 21   Reptile Discovery (live animal show)
June 28   Giving Tree Music (drum circle)
July  5     Wonder Makers (improv comedy show)
July  12   Bits N Pieces (life size puppet play)
Call Angel Davis at 863-834-4294 for more details

Friday, April 13, 2012

ISO Cookie Concert This Sunday

It’s THIS Sunday !!!   The annual ISO Cookie Concert is one of my favorite events of the year !  I am so proud to live in Lakeland, where we have our own fabulous orchestra, led by Mark Theilen, who loves to introduce music to children of all ages.  I don’t know if you can read all the details on the poster, plus, there is so much more to say, so I will elaborate.

At the Lakeland Center, this Sunday, April 15, 2012, the Imperial Syphony Orchestra (ISO) will be offering a free concert specifically designed for children… and this year… their pets.  ”Bring your well-behaved pet on a leash or in a cage and join in the animal parade.”  Sounds awesome !  Although  I recommend stuffed fuzzy friends, rather than real ones, so your child can focus on the music instead of the animal, especially with the younger children.   Hmmm… I wonder if they will be offering pet treats as well as cookies during intermission?  Bring your own treat for your animal, just in case!  Otherwise, your pet may try to nab a cookie from an unsuspecting child (spoken from experience!)
BEFORE the concert:  Recognize this as an opportunity for community service – this year, there are TWO agencies that “CAN” benefit, VISTE and the SPCA.  We are indeed blessed that the concert is free.  This is a way to “pay it forward”.
  • Bring a few cans of Tuna to donate to VISTE.  Talk to your child about elderly people who live alone and what they might need.  Let your child help you get the Tuna cans from the cupboard, or at the store, and help them realize this food will become an appreciated meal by an elderly person.  Even better, get involved, take the tour, and be a part of their mission to enhance the quality of life for the many frail elderly folks that live in Polk County.
  • Bring a few cans of dog or cat food to donate to the SPCA.  Make arrangements in the near future to visit the SPCA.  If you can get a group together, take the tour !  Our Girl Scout troop absolutely enjoyed the full tour, as well as making and gathering all the wonderful things to donate for our furry friends.
  • BRING along another child who may not normally have this opportunity.   It is a RICH EXPERIENCE !  SHARE it!  The expression on their faces, and the impression it leaves in their hearts and minds is so worth it !!!
Set up your child for success:  Some children, esp. younger ones, listen better when they have something to do with their hands, like drawing or coloring, or molding something like Silly Putty.  Bring a few items with you, ie. “fill your toolbox”.  KNOW your child and set them up for success.  Do your best to make sure they are not hungry or tired.  I know… it may be impossible to make it work that day, but I did say Do your Best!

Be sure to arrive early.  Pre-concert activities begin at 2:00 pm., and these give children the opportunity for hands-on experiences.  For example, many times, the musicians bring out their instruments into the foyer and allow the children to pluck the strings, or move the keys while the musician plays.  There have also been “mini-concerts” with young children performing on their violins, etc.   Your young children really benefit from these early activities, and it helps prepare them for the sitting and listening part.   As well as the “instrument petting”, there will probably be “pet petting” going on.  My daughter will be trying to pet every dog there !
Find a good seat where your child can see.  During the concert, the conductor is famous for involving the children along the way, including asking questions, and having volunteers do something silly.  And, of course, there is a visit by the Publix gator.  (And we are extremely grateful to Publix who provides a great deal of support in order to make this a free concert for our community!).  The music this year is SURE to be delightful!
  • Carnival of the Animals
  • Pink Panther
  • Jurassic Park
  • Happy Feet
  • Muppet Medley
  • Chicken Dance (Teach your child the dance moves ahead of time.  See this video.)
  • Whistler and his Dog
During the concert, take a deep breath and relax.  LISTEN to the music.  Make brief comments/questions to your child about the sounds you hear from the orchestra.  This helps them to focus their listening.  What instruments can be heard?  Try to help them pick out the high sounding instruments, AND the low ones.  What animal is the composer reflecting on with this music?  Which instrument makes the best sound of the animal?   Ask them to close their eyes and listen.  If there is an animal specified, what does it seem like the animal might be doing?   What images does the music bring to mind?  What pictures does the music paint in YOUR mind?  Share this with your child only after you hear their answers.

Information from Music Connections
with Debbie Mondale

Monday, April 9, 2012

$5 Bowling after school

$5 After Class Pack

Hey Students!
Grab your friends and head over to
AMF Lakeland Lanes for our after school
Per person. No coupon necessary.
We're throwing in the works! You'll get:
• Shoe Rental

It's all for a price that you can't find anywhere else!
Join the FUN every Mon-Fri, between 2pm and 5pm.
Only valid when schools are in session. Not valid on school breaks and holidays.
4111 S. Florida Ave. • (863) 646-5791

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Flying Tigers Opening Game; April 7th

The home opener (Flying Tigers) is set for Saturday, April 7 against the Yankees. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. and gates to Marchant Stadium will open at 4:30 p.m. The first 1,200 fans that enter the ballpark will receive a free 2012 Flying Tigers magnet schedule sponsored by the Imperial Swan Hotel & Suites.

Following the game will be the Publix Super Markets Easter Egg Hunt. Over 20,000 candy and toy filled eggs will be scattered across the field at Joker Marchant Stadium following the game. The egg hunt is open to children ages 14 and under and there will be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Following the egg hunt will be a spectacular fireworks show (weather permitting).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mark your calendars for Keel and Curley Blueberry Festival!!

5/5/2012 - 5/6/2012 Event at Keel and Curley Winery
Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival
We host our 5th Annual Blueberry Festival on the 5th and 6th of May. Admission is free and gates are open 9-6 on Saturday and 10-6 on Sunday. Come pick fresh blueberries from our 20 acre farm and let the kids play in the free kids area while you enjoy live music and wine tastings all day. 50 local craft vendors will be on site in addition to excellent local restaurants

Our Address:
5210 W. Thonotosassa Road
Plant City, FL 33565
Map and Directions
Retail Store Hours:
Sunday through Thursday 11 AM - 6PM
Friday 10AM - midnight
Saturday 10AM - 6PM

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Subway Tigers Den Kids Club

The Subway Tigers Den Kids Club

Children 14 and under are eligible to join the Subway kids Club. Cost is only $10 and includes membership card, t-shirt, special autograph session, free ticket to every Saturday home game, and a hot dog and drink. 

For more information and a complete list of promotions please visit,
or call 863-686-8075

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A favor to ask of my followers...

If you are on Facebook could I ask you a favor, please.....

Please Go to and "like" their page and then "like" Jack's (my oldest son) spring break picture. He is #9 (Kissing a Sting Ray in Sting Ray City) We need as many "likes" to win an IPad 3

Remember, you need to like Hilliard-Dietrich Orthodontics page and then like Jack's picture in the Spring Break contest for your vote to count.

Thanks in advance!!