July 2011 FREE Kids Crafts

If your kids are anything like ours, they love to make crafts. And us Moms love FREE crafts! Well, there are so many opportunities for your kids to make FREE crafts all over town, it will keep you all hoppin’. Just take a look at what’s going on!

Because we will be adding to this list throughout the month, please remember to check back often.

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THE ART SPOT
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Every Saturday
Location: Tampa Museum of Art
Cost: Admission to the activity is FREE; Regular admission costs apply to view the galleries (NO registration required)
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday the Museum offers a drop-in art program where you can let your children explore their creativity. The activity takes place in the Golding-Scher classroom. The art projects are self-guided, and the gallery-related monthly themes offer a different art activity each week.

** Participants enter the classroom from the exterior entrance until the museum is open. **

Address:
Tampa Museum of Art
120 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602

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KIDS WORKSHOP AT HOME DEPOT
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 2
Location: Home Depot Stores
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
If it’s your child’s first time at a Home Depot Kid’s Workshop, they will receive a FREE orange Home Depot apron to wear each time they attend. Upon completing the project, they will receive an enamel button to add to their apron. (NOTE: Home Depot crafts are unfinished when you complete them at the store, so they will not look like the picture until you add your own paint.)

Home Depot July 2, 2011 Kids Craft: Coaster SetSaturday, July 2: Make a coaster set. Your child will be so proud when you use these coasters for guests!

Address:
Locate a Home Depot near you.

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LOWE’S BUILD AND GROW
Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Date: Saturday, July 9, 2011 & Saturday, July 23, 2011
Location: All Lowe’s Stores
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
If it’s your child’s first time at a Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshop, they will receive a FREE Lowe’s apron and goggles to wear for each time they attend. Upon completing the project, the child participating will receive a certificate and embroidered patch to add to their apron.

Lowe's Build & Grow July 9, 2011: Tow TruckSaturday, July 9: This awesome Tow Truck comes with stickers and even a working tow hook.


Saturday, July 23: Bring the kids in this week to build a pair of binoculars.

Address:
Locate a Lowe’s store near you.

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IKEA FAMILY NIGHT
Time: Kids Eat FREE: 4-8 p.m.; Activity: 5-7 p.m.
Date: Every Friday Night
Location: Ikea Tampa
Cost: Kids meal is FREE; Activity is FREE
Info: (813) 623-5454 ext. 1208; Website

What’s Doing?
Each week, enjoy Friday Night Family Night at IKEA Tampa. For starters, children ages 12 & under eat free from 4-8 p.m. (Dine in only and child must be present. Limit one meal per child per visit. A $2.49 value. No adult purchase necessary.) Kids can choose from one of three combo meals. Plus! Every Friday there will be a hands-on kids activity from 5-7 p.m. for kids age 12 and younger in the 2nd floor restaurant (unless otherwise noted).

Friday, July 1: Participate in a scavenger hunt throughout the IKEA Tampa showroom and enjoy a patriotic, edible treat when complete.
Friday, July 8: Be clever and use your thumb print to make a “buzz” worthy craft.
Friday, July 15: Celebrate Pudding Day with us. Create a tasty one-of-a-kind treat with pudding and decorate it with fun toppings.
Friday, July 22: Bake with us! Use our DUKTIG baking set to make a cookie creation of your very own.
Friday, July 29: Use our PYSSLA craft beads to design and make a special decorative item.

Address:
Ikea Tampa
1103 N. 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33605

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MICHAEL’S IN-STORE CRAFTS
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: See below
Location: Michael’s Stores
Cost: Varies by craft; see below
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Micheal’s is hosting an around-the-world adventure for kids with their Passport to Fun craft series. Each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in July, kids will “visit” a new country and make crafts related to that country’s unique heritage. One craft each day is a pin that kids can collect on a hat or bag. Be sure to request a Passport book, in which kids can draw the flags for the countries they have “visited.”

Saturday, July 2: Passport to Fun: UNITED STATES (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Create a Warrior Shield; Pin: bead flag (NOTE: The site also indicates that this is a face painting event, although there is no further explanation.)

Michael's Passport to Fun Craft: PizzaTuesday, July 5: Passport to Fun: ITALY (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Color a beautiful suncatcher to hang in your window; Pin: pizza

Thursday, July 7: Passport to Fun: AUSTRALIA (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Create your own Aboriginal Art on construction paper using chalk; Pin: Koala Bear

Saturday, July 9: Passport to Fun: INDIA (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Trace your hands on paper and draw designs on them like a henna tattoo; Pin: Elephant

Tuesday, July 12: Passport to Fun: RUSSIA (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Create fun nesting dolls; Pin: Brown Bear

Michael's Passport to Fun Craft: FrenchmanThursday, July 14: Passport to Fun: FRANCE (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Paint your own impressionist-style painting using canvas and Crayola Twistables Slick Stix; Pin: Frenchman

Saturday, July 16: Passport to Fun: UNITED KINGDOM (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Decorate a foam crown; Pin: Shamrock

Tuesday, July 19: Passport to Fun: JAPAN (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Make a foam version of the Japanese ukiyo-e wood block; Pin: Origami dog

Thursday, July 21: Passport to Fun: GREECE (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Make a Greek pot; Pin: Olympic torch

Saturday, July 23: Passport to Fun: MEXICO (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Create a sun using Crayola Model Magic and markers; Pin: Festive flower

Tuesday, July 26: Passport to Fun: CHINA (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Make your own version of Tibetan sand art using adhesive board and colored sand; Pin: Tangram

Thursday, July 28: Passport to Fun: SOUTH AFRICA (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Knot a friendship bracelet; Pin: Lion

Saturday, July 30: Passport to Fun: BRAZIL (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Decorate an exotic mask; Pin: Snake

Address:
Locate a Michael’s store near you.

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LAKESHORE LEARNING CENTER IN-STORE CRAFTS
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Every Saturday
Location: Lakeshore Learning Store
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 207-0468; Website

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday, Lakeshore Learning Store has FREE crafts for kids to make. Here’s what’s planned for July:
Saturday, July 2: Patriotic Wreath — Show off your patriotism with a starry decoration to display this Independence Day.
Saturday, July 9: Mosaic Mirror — Create and decorate a flashy mirror that reflects your own unique personality.
Saturday, July 16: Splashy Jellyfish — Make a colorful jellyfish that waves in the breeze like it would in the sea.
Saturday, July 23: My Jazzy Journal — Now kids have a special place to draw and write with a jazzy journal they create themselves.
Saturday, July 30: Under the Sea Scene — Turn collage materials into an underwater scene featuring kelp, sea stars, sparkling fish and more.

Address:
Lakeshore Learning Store
4501 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609

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KRAFTS FOR KIDZ 2011 AT LaFRANCE
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Every Saturday
Location: LaFrance (outside the store)
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 248-1381

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday morning, kids of all ages can stop, create, and recycle something in keeping with the theme of the week. The crafts take place outside the store. Be sure to stop by and pick up a bookmark with the craft themes for July.

Address:
LaFrance
1612 E. 7th Ave.
Ybor City, FL, 33605

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WFamily Fun Days
Time: 4 p.m.
Date: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
Location: Westfield Brandon (Playspace) & Westfield Citrus Park (Macy’s Court)
Cost: FREE
Info: Brandon Shopping Mall Website ; Citrus Park Mall Website

What’s Doing?
This month, enjoy Westfield Family Fun Days in living color. Grab the family and join them for stories, snacks, crafts and more. Little Picassos will have the opportunity to create their own masterpieces to take home and display in your own home gallery.

Thursday, July 7: Kids will enjoy the stories of Art & Max and Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars. Afterward, kids can paint their own sunflower pot, enjoy healthy snacks, and more.

Thursday, July 21: Kids will continue to learn all about the wonderful world of art. Listen to the beloved classic Uncle Andy’s, as well as Action Jackson to conclude the last of this art series. After the stories, every child will get to create their own masterpiece.

Address:
Westfield Citrus Park
8021 Citrus Park Town Center
Tampa FL 33625

Westfield Brandon
459 Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 33511

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Your public Library offers FREE craft events and activities for kids and families, too!

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM CRAFT EVENTS
Below are some highlights of events being offered around Hillsborough County in July. Be sure to visit the Hillsborough County Public Library online event calendar to see all the events planned for this month!

~~~ Tuesday, July 5 ~~~

Workshop: Egyptian Bracelet & African Drum (2:30-3:30 p.m.; Bruton Memorial Library) Space is limited to the first 30 who register one hour before event. This workshop is for kids in Grades 3-9.

~~~ Thursday, July 7 ~~~

Leah’s Cartooning (10:30-11:30 a.m.; Seminole Heights Branch Library) Join local teen artist Leah Lopez as she teaches how to draw and color cartoons. Materials will be provided.

One World, Many Artists (2:30-3:30 p.m.; Temple Terrace Public Library) Learn about different types of art and artists, and create a piece of art of your own.

Expressive Artists Let’s Create! (2:30-4 p.m.; SouthShore Regional Library) Expressive Artists 11 years and up will have a creative afternoon with artist Cory Wright. Limit 20. Registration required at SouthShore Regional Library. Please visit the Information desk at SouthShore Regional Library or call 273-3652.

~~~ Friday, July 8 ~~~

Leah’s Cartooning (10:30-11:30 a.m.; Thonotosassa Branch Library) Join local teen artist Leah Lopez as she teaches how to draw and color cartoons. Materials will be provided.

~~~ Monday, July 11, 18 & 25 ~~~

Wee Artists (11:30-11:50 a.m.; Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library) Arts and crafts for preschoolers and their caregivers, featuring projects just right for little hands.

~~~ Thursday, July 21 ~~~

Planes, Train, and Automobiles (2:30-3:30 p.m.; Temple Terrace Public Library) How do you get around the world? The fun of flight! The toot of the train! The roar of a race car! We will have games, stories, and crafts celebrating the fun of how we get around.

~~~ Monday, July 25 ~~~

Silly Feltie Magnets for Kids (1-5 p.m.; Bloomingdale Regional Public Library) Have fun creating your own magnetic feltie robot in two hours. No experience needed. For ages 7-12. Registration required at the Ask Me Kiosk or by calling 273-3652.

~~~ Wednesday, July 27 ~~~

Manga & Anime Cartooning with Leah, Teen Artist (3-4 p.m.; Bruton Memorial Library) Seating is limited to the first 50 participants to register one hour before the event.

~~~ Thursday, July 28 ~~~

Just for Kids: Sweets and Treats (2-3:30 p.m.; Bloomingdale Regional Public Library) Come in and try many tasty treats that will get your stomach to stop growling this summer! Arrive hungry and be ready to make some easy, fun snacks. This activity is for kids ages 8-12. Seating is limited. Register at the Ask Me Kiosk.

Check out Hillsborough County Public Library’s online calendar to be sure you don’t miss anything!

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PASCO COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM CRAFT EVENTS

~~~ Wednesday, July 6, 13, 20 & 27 ~~~

Prodigy Art Class (2-5 p.m.; New River Library) Free children’s art classes sponsored by Pasco Prodigy Cultural Arts Program. Limited to the first 20 children who arrive at each program.

Check out Pasco County Public Library’s online calendar to be sure you don’t miss anything!

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PINELLAS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM CRAFT EVENTS
Visit the various Pinellas County Libraries online to find out what’s going on in July. Here are some highlights of Pinellas County Public Library events that include crafts:

~~~ Saturday, July 2 ~~~

July 4th Crafts and Fun (2 p.m.; Clearwater Public Library System – East Branch) Stories, crafts and cartoons to celebrate Independence Day.

~~~ Wednesday, July 6, 13, 20 & 27 ~~~

Family Story Time (10:30 a.m.; Clearwater Public Library System – East Branch) Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy stories, songs, a movie and a craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of 10 or more must call in advance to register.

Summer Story Time (2 p.m.; Clearwater Public Library System – Main Library & Offices) Children will enjoy hearing stories, singing songs, and creating a fun craft to take home.

Global Crafts (3 p.m.; Clearwater Public Library System – North Greenwood Branch) Take a trip around the world with a craft from a different continent. Supplies are limited. This activity is geared for kids in Grades 6-12.

~~~ Thursday, July 7 ~~~

“Narnia” Party (1 p.m.; Clearwater Public Library System – East Branch) Cross into the wintry world of Narnia and enjoy games, treats, and crafts inspired by the C. S. Lewis series.

~~~ Thursday, July 14 ~~~

Kids’ Craft Program (2 p.m.; Clearwater Public Library System – Countryside Branch) Join Miss Jill for a surprise secret summer craft!

~~~ Thursday, July 28 ~~~

Origami 201 (2 p.m.; Clearwater Public Library System – Countryside Branch) Learn one very difficult origami craft.

Clearwater Public Library
East Lake Community Library
Gulf Beaches Library
Largo Library
Oldsmar Library
Palm Harbor Library
Pinellas Park Library
Safety Harbor Library
St. Petersburg Library System
Seminole Community Library

Or visit the Pinellas County public Library online calendar for another way to search and find out what’s going on around the county’s Libraries.

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