Thursday, January 31, 2013

Home Depot Kids Building Workshops


Build a Valentine Card Holder!

Finished example shown
Saturday, February 2nd

9 a.m. – 12


• 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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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Winner of the Sam's $25 gc was chosen

Winner of the Sam's $25 gc was chosen by using  The winner was entry #7,benz1171.
Since your entry did not include an email address, could you please contact me at and send me your name and address so I can have the prize sent to you from Myblogspark and Sam's Club.

Thanks and Congrats!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Dirt Days are Back!!!

This is one of my families favorite Polk County activities. We have done Dirt Days for 3 years now. It is a once a month activity sponsored by Friends of the Parks and Magnify Credit Union.  This year each Dirt Day will be held at Circle B Bar Ranch in their Discovery Center. Each session consists of learning about a Florida friendly plant and doing some gardening in the park and usually your child gets a plant to take home and plant in your yard. The master gardeners that put on Dirt Days are very knowledgeable and make learning about Florida plants and nature very fun! The sessions are limited so reserve your child's spot now. See the flyer below for more info and to reserve your spot.  Forgot to mention this is TOTALLY FREE!

SeaWorld Pass for Teachers Orlando And San Diego

Teacher Study Pass

For the 15th year, SeaWorld Orlando offers a complimentary Teacher Study Pass to all active and certified K-12 Florida grade school teachers. The pass is valid for unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando through 12/31/2013.
To receive your Study Pass, simply bring the following to any ticket window during your first visit to SeaWorld:
1. Your Florida Teaching Certificate
2. Your paystub from within the last 30 days
3. A photo ID that matches the above

SeaWorld San Diego Teacher Appreciation
Program Details & Registration Form:

SeaWorld San Diego 2013 Teacher Appreciation - SeaWorld San Diego is offering Southern California credentialed K-12 school teachers a FREE 2013 Fun Card. With a Fun Card enjoy general admission through Dec. 31, 2013. Plus, all the fun seasonal events, incredible rides, shows and amazing animal attractions are waiting for you.

You must be a current and valid credentialed Southern California teacher living in zip codes 90000-93599. Your credential will be verified through the CTC Website (California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing).

Obtaining your FREE 2013 Fun Card is easy. Just fill out the registration form below. Registration must occur online only by April 30, 2013. All fields below are required to process your request. You must allow 7-10 business days for processing. Once we have fully verified your credential we will email your 2013 Fun Card voucher to the email provided during registration. Detailed instructions for redeeming your free Fun Card at SeaWorld San Diego will be included with your Fun Card voucher. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Polk Region Science and Engineering Fair


Saturday, January 26
9 am until 2 pm

Held at St. Paul Lutheran School in Lakeland
4450 Harden Blvd, Lakeland

This event held in conjunction with the Lake Region Science and Engineering Fair will allow the community to experience a variety of children's and family oriented activities.

Sun 'n Fun will furnish:
  • a static plane
  • helicopter
  • flight simulator
  • remote control helicopters
  • and activity booths
There will also be booths from:

  • Busch Gardens
  • MOSI
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • 4-H
  • Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection
  • Polk County Commission
  • School band performances
  • and a robot competition

Admission is FREE!!

Kiwanis 55th Annual Pancake Festival Mark your calendars

Kiwanis 55th Annual 
Pancake Festival

Saturday, February 9, 2013
7am until 5pm

Tigertown Hangar #2, Lakeland

Child (2-11) $3
Adults $5 in advance
$6 at the door

We have been there every year since we lived in Lakeland and there are always kids' activities to do while waiting in line for your food. Lakeland Police are always represented with different vehicles to tour and hands on activities for the kids. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Lakeland City hall front desk, BB&T Bank on Hwy 98 N and Two Men and a Truck on South Fl Ave.

Call 863-646-6683 for more info.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Spirit of the Buffalo POW WOW

Spirit of the Buffalo POW WOW

Native American Dancers

  • Drumming
  • Demonstrations
  • Food
  • Native crafts
  • Live Wolf, Buffalo and Birds of Prey show and MORE!
January 18-20th

$5, FREE for ages 3 and younger

International Market World

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks Days

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Yosemite National Park, Photo by DanNg
Yosemite Falls can be seen from numerous areas around Yosemite Valley. A one-mile loop trail leads to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall.
NPS/Dan Ng

America's Best Idea - the national parks - is even better when it's free!
Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates in 2013:
  • January 21
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • April 22-26
    five days during National Park Week
  • August 25
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 28
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 9-11
    Veterans Day weekend

Here's a tip-265 of your 398 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!
If you're planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. This America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.
*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Back to School with Sam's Club and Box Tops for Education Giveaway

I can't believe the holidays are over and my boys are back to school  again.  This means the school year is practically half way over!! Yikes! And this also means that school supplies might be running low in the classroom including snacks for kids.  Sam's Club is a store I can go to and help my boys' teachers stay stocked up on snacks when their students are running low!

A bonus feature to many items you can buy at Sam's Club is Box Tops for Education which most schools collect to help buy items for their school. Sam’s Club is providing more opportunities to earn cash for your school than ever before. Not only can you collect Box Tops for Education on your favorite General Mills products, but you can also check out these additional opportunities which are available exclusively to Sam’s Club members!

500,000 Box Tops Giveaway
Sam’s Club is giving away 500,000** eBoxTops®. Members can earn 5 eBoxTops when they shop at Sam’s Club until the 500,000 are gone. Earn your 5 eBoxTops (a .50¢ value to any BTFE participating school) by following these simple steps:
  • Purchase any product at Sam’s Club and save your receipt
  • Beginning 8/1/12, log in or register at and enter the code found at the bottom of your Sam’s Club receipt
  • Answer a few survey questions and earn 5 eBoxTops for the school of your choice!*
**Limit one earning opportunity per email address. Limit of 100,000 earning opportunities thru 9/30/12.
Box Tops Membership Bonus 
  • New Plus Members will receive 100 Bonus Box Tops.* (a $10 value to any BTFE participating school)
  • Upgrade your current Membership to a Plus Membership to receive 50 Bonus Box Tops.* (a $5 value to any BTFE participating school)
  • New Advantage or Business Members will receive 25 Bonus Box Tops.* (a $2.50 value to any BTFE participating school)
*Offer vaild only with original receipt of purchased Membership taped to certificate. Only available in-Club. While supplies last.
Act now and take advantage of all the Box Tops opportunities that Sam’s Club has to offer. To find a Sam’s Club near you, visit For a full list of Bonus Box Tops items, visit |Also find Sam’s Club on:
Twitter and Sam's Club sent me a $25 Sam's Club gift card to check out all the great General Mills products that feature Box Tops for Education. I can't wait to go shopping and get some items to help my boys' classrooms. and Sam's Club also provided me with the opportunity to share a $25 Sam's Club gift card with one of my blog followers. I would love to know which General Mills products featuring Box Tops for Education would you purchase at Sam's Club if you won the $25 gift card. 
For an entry into the giveaway Please leave a comment on this post answering the above question. To earn (2) additional entries; Leave a comment that you are a follower of this blog and/or share the link to this giveaway on Facebook and post that you shared. 

The giveaway will end January 28, 2013.

Also, be sure to check out Sam's Club and Box Tops for Education online.

“Disclosure: The gift card, information, and additional sample have been provided by Sam’s Club and General Mills through MyBlogSpark.”