Friday, May 24, 2013

Kids Photography Contest at Bok Tower Gardens

Kids Photography Contest

June 1, 2013 to August 30, 2013

Show us your best shots from Bok Tower Gardens during this summer’s Kids Photography Contest! Kids ages 16 and under are invited to upload photos from a recent visit to the Gardens using the form below.

A few photography tips:

  • Choose a Subject – Make it clear what the subject is in the photography  (animals, flowers, the Tower, etc.).
  • Experiment – Try taking pictures in different ways (close up, down low, or up high)
  • Background – Make sure the background isn’t distracting from your subject
  • Be Off Center – Interesting photographs observe the “rule of thirds” meaning photos aren’t usually taken with the subject in the very center of the photo.
  • Focus – Check your photos after you take them to make sure your subject is in focus.
  • Make it Stand Out – Explore all the different areas of the Bok Tower Gardens property like the Preserve Trail, Pinewood Estate and Window by the Pond. Look for angles and shots that other’s might not notice!
Each Friday a new winner will be chosen and their photo uploaded to our Facebook page. Each weekly winner will be entered into the People’s Choice Awards to win an 8×10 canvas print of their winning photograph. Photos must have been taken at the Gardens on or after January 1, 2013 and must be 1MB or larger. You are welcome to enter as many photos as you would like!
Kids Photo Contest

Splash Days at Bok Tower Gardens

Splash Days At Bok Tower Gardens

June 21, 2013, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
June 28, 2013, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
July 5, 2013, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
July 12, 2013, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
July 19, 2013, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
July 26, 2013, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
August 2, 2013, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
August 9, 2013, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
August 16, 2013, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Kids groups and families are invited to make reservations for our Splash Days each Friday, June 21 through August 16. Kids ages 3-6 will watch a 30-minute film from the “Growing Up Wild” series followed by a splash party with wading pools, sprinklers and other water toys in our family picnic area. Bring your own bagged lunch and we’ll serve the popsicle treats.
$5 per person with one free adult for every five children. Reservations are required. Please call 863.734.1222 to make your reservations today.

Discovery Days at Bok Tower Gardens

Discovery Days at Bok Tower

June 19, 2013, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
June 26, 2013, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
July 10, 2013, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
July 17, 2013, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
July 24, 2013, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
July 31, 2013, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
August 7, 2013, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
August 14, 2013, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Experience the joy of nature with a new adventure in the Gardens each week this summer during Discovery Days! With a focus on playing in nature, classes will include stories, craft projects and outdoor activities designed to get kids excited to explore the outdoors.
  • June 19 – Wandering Wildflowers
  • June 26 – Powerful Pollinators
  • July 10 – Bountiful Birds
  • July 17 – Triumphant Trees
  • July 24 – Whimsical Wildlife
  • July 31 – Harmonious Habitats
  • August 7 – Gateway to Gardening
    Just for Parents: Guided Garden Tour
  • August 14 – Bok’s Best: Master Creators
    Just for Parents: Crossing the Moat
Classes are from 9 a.m. – noon. $75 for all classes or $10 per class. One free adult per child registration.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lowes Build and Grow Clinics featuring Monsters Inc This summer

Monsters University Scarers

Saturday, June 08 (10:00 AM)
It’s going to be a monster summer at Lowe’s! Bring your child to Lowe’s this Saturday and they can build these awesome Mike and Sulley Scarers inspired by Disney•Pixar’s upcoming release Monsters University!

 Sunday, June 09 (02:00 PM) 

Register early, These will fill up fast!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Michaels Kids Club activity

Michaels Kids Club

Craft your own Superhero

Saturday, May 25th
10 am until 11:30 am

$2 includes supplies
30 minute sessions every half hour

ages 3 and up

Craft Your Hero Doll

Monday, May 20, 2013


Join us every Thursday at the public library for crafts, mad science, book discussions and more!

June 13: Duck Tape Wallets for Fathers Day, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
June 20: Mad Science!  Fossil Imprints, 3:00 - 4:00 PM, Presented by the Florida Institute of Phosphate Research
June 27: Mother / Daughter Book Discussion: Meet Addy, 4:30 - 5:30 PM Preregistration IS Required
July 11: Worm Charming, Worm Farming and Earthworm Races, 3:00 - 4:00 PM, Presented by the Polk County Extension Office
July 18: Butterfly Gardening for Kids, 3:00 - 4:00 PM, Presenter TBA
July 25: Mother / Daughter Book Discussion: Meet Samantha, 4:30 - 5:30 PM Preregistration IS Required
August 1: Tiny Terrariums, 3:00 - 4:00 PM, Preregistration is required

Summer Story Times at Bartow Public Library


Join us this summer for 8 weeks of fun, all FREE at your Library!

3 - 5 year olds:
Tuesdays June 11 - July 30
10:00 - 10:45 AM
Featuring stories, finger plays, music and film!

6 - 8 year olds:
Tuesdays June 11 - July 30
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Featuring stories, music, games, crafts and film!

18 months - 2 year olds:
Thursdays June 13 - August 1
10:00 - 10:30 AM
Featuring nursery rhymes, finger plays, music and bubbles!

Bartow Public Library Summer Reading Program

Beginning Thursday June 6th, stop by the Bartow Public Library and pick up your free materials for this summer program.  Record in your Reading Log what you read and how many minutes you read each day.  When you reach a total of 10 hours (600 minutes) or more, bring your Log back to the library and receive a ticket for admission to our Dig In Ice-Cream Sundae Party set for Friday August 2nd from 2:00 - 3:00 PM.  Children who are not yet reading on their own can have an adult read to them.
This program runs from June 6th to July 31st.
What are you waiting for?  DIG IN and START READING!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Keel and Curley event

Event at Keel and Curley Winery
Bye Bye Blueberries Event
This will be the last day for U-Pick blueberries in 2013. We will have a bouncy house, live country and bluegrass music from 12-10pm and more. Free admission and parking.

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 - midnight

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Summer camps at Lakeland Community Theatre

Summer camps at Lakeland Community Theatre

Join us for
at The Eunice Fuller Theatre for Youth LCT!
Always wanted to be cast in a Broadway show? From set design to curtain call, you'll be involved in a production on our stage.  Explore the audition process, vocal & dance rehearsals, costumes, make up, and more as you rehearse and have fun! Everyone is guaranteed a role! The following 2 camps are each one week long:
The Magic In Me

June 24 - 28   9 am - 4 pm   Ages 7 - 12  $250.00
Performance Saturday, June 29th 7:30 pm

July 29 - Aug 2   9 am - 4 pm   Ages 13 - 18  $250.00
Performance Saturday, August 3rd 7:30 pm

Broadway Dance Mini Camp
Our most popular camp! This 3-day camp offers dance training specifically for musical theatre. Learn routines to popular Broadway shows without any prior experience!
July 1, 2, & 3    9 am - 4 pm    Ages 6 & up    $150.00 
  • 10% Discount for Season Members or for enrolling more than one child in the same event.  
  • Before & Aftercare available for all camps. $5 per hour
  • All instructors are background checked  
To sign up please contact Education Director
Maureen Whela
(863) 603 - 7529
Lakeland Community Theatre is located at 121 S Lake Avenue on beautiful Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland (next to Texas Cattle Company Restaurant).

Monday, May 13, 2013

Larry R Jackson Branch Summer Library Program Event Schedule

Larry R Jackson Branch 
Summer Library Program Event Schedule

Held 10:30am Thursdays at the Simpson Park Community Center 
1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Lakeland FL

June 20 – Tampa Taiko ( Japanese Drum Show )

June 27 – Pirate Tales with Katie Adams ( Storytelling )

July 11 – Wondermakers ( C omedy Improv Show )

July 18 – Mr. Fudge ( Balloon Show )

July 25 – Gatorland ( Live Reptile Show )

August 1 – A1 Magic ( Magic Show )

All events are FREE and GROUPS ARE WELCOME!!!
Call Angel Davis at 863-834-4294 for more details.

Lakeland Public Library Summer Library Program Schedule

Lakeland Public Library Summer Library Program Schedule

Lakeland Public Library 
Summer Library Program Event Schedule
Held 10am Fridays at the Lake Mirror Center
121 S. Lake Avenue, Lakeland, FL

June 14 
John Storms’ “World of Reptile Show”

June 21 
Guitar Music by “Mr. Harley”

June 28 
Giving Tree Music “Drum Circle”

July 12 
Karen Climer’s “Crazy Balloon Show”

July 19 
Performance by “Geddy the Gecko”

July 26  
Story Theatre presentation:

“Neframimi and the Magical Pyramid”

Events are free to the public. Groups welcome.
For more information contact Youth Services staff at 863.834.4268

Friday, May 10, 2013

Lowes Build and Grow

Lowes Build and Grow 

Sweetheart Frame

Saturday, May 11 (10:00 AM)
Mother's Day is right around the corner! This Sweetheart Frame makes the perfect gift!

Coming soon!

Saturday, June 08 (10:00 AM)
We will be announcing our Summer clinic line up soon! Be sure to check back in the coming weeks to see all the awesome kits!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Free Kindle Book 110 Ideas to Keep Kids Busy Without Technology

I stole this post from a friend on Facebook and thought it would be a great one to share for the summer.  Thanks, Kelly.

Summer is right around the corner. This is FREE right now on Kindle. :-)

110 Ideas to Keep Kids Busy Without Technology [Kindle Edition]

Free Kindle book

Vacation Bible School at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lakeland

Vacation Bible School – Summer 2013

June 17-21
Our 2013 Theme:  Upward Bound!
Upward Bound’s exciting backpacking adventure theme takes its cue from the Ultimate Expedition – Jesus leaving the heights of Heaven, journeying on earth to accomplish our salvation, and returning victorious to His heavenly Summit.
Tracing their Lead Guide’s often perilous and always Heaven-bound journey, Upward Bound Backpackers are spurred along the trail and challenged all the way to make their own lifelong ascent to the Summit by faith in the Triumphant Trailblazer, Jesus Christ.

You can print your registration form and mail it to the church office:  2013 VBS Registration

Covenant Presbyterian Church
210 Poppell Drive
Lakeland, FL  33813

Swim clinic at the Lakeland Family YMCA this weekend

  • Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. Ys offer competitive swimming as an youth sport. Join us this Saturday 9am to 11am for the Baracuda's Swim Clinic for ages 6 to 18. Member fee $10. Non-member fee $15. This is a great time to see if swimming is a sport for your child!

    Lakeland Family YMCA
    3620 Cleveland Heights Blvd
    Lakeland, FL 33803

    Phone  863.644.3528  Fax  863.644.2517
    Hours of Operation
    Monday-Friday: 5:00 am-10:00 pm
    Saturdays: 8:00 am-6:00 pm
    Sundays: 12:00 noon-6:00 pm

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Barnes and Noble Summer reading program

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading

Here Is How:

Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal
Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.
Find a Store.
Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store... Enjoy reading!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May kids library events at the Bartow Public Library

MAY 2013 Events
For information on these and any Library programs,
please contact The Bartow Public Library at:

Events Designed with Kids in Mind!

For ages 9-12. Please re-register to guarantee enough supplies.
Thursday, May 16th from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Mother/Daughter Book Discussion
Grow closer reading together!  For girls ages 9-12 and their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, big sisters or guardians.  Sign up at the Circulation desk and receive a free copy of the month's title.
"Meet Kirsten: An American Girl" by Janet Shaw
Thursday May 23rd from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

WIZARD OF OZ Birthday Party!
Help us celebrate the birth of an American literary classic!  Learn how OZ came to be, test your knowledge, play "Pin The Wings on the Monkey" and try some Chocolate Witch's Hates and Melted Witch punch.  With Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!  In honor of creator Frank L. Baum, please wear green!
For ages 6-8 years old.  Refreshments will be served.  Preregistration is requested so we can ensure enough materials and refreshments are on hand.  Please ask at the desk or call the library to register.
Tuesday May 14th @ 4:00 pm

Paws to Read Party for the Dogs
For years Paws to Read dogs and their handlers have visited the Bartow Public library every month, encouraging young readers and spreading canine cheer.
Saturday, May 18th will be the next visit by Shelby of Therapy Dogs International.  Please join Shelby from 10:30 am -11:30 am to help us show them how much we appreciate their faithful service. Cake, Frosty Paws and Dog Biscuits will be served.

Teen Programs!
Teen Wii
Come and enjoy playing various popular games such as Just Dance, Wii Basketball and Wii Play. For Grades 6 through 12. Refreshments will be served.
Thursday, May 9th @ 3:00 pm

Teen Movie
We will show The Perks of Being a Wallflower film, rated PG-13 (102 minutes)
Popcorn and Drinks will be served.
Thursday May 16th @ 4:30 pm
For the Whole Family to Enjoy!
Brown Bag Concert Series
The Friends of the Library sponsored series is back! Bring your lunch and join us the 2nd Tuesday of each month October - May. All programs begin at 12 noon. Water and soft drinks will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
Next concert - the last of this season - is May 14th.
Pamplin Art Gallery
Union Academy Art students will be our featured artists in the library's gallery for May and June.  Their exhibit is COLOR YOUR WORLD and will be available for viewing every Monday and Tuesday afternoons.  A formal reception honoring the Union Academy art students will be this Tuesday May 7th @ 6 pm.