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2015 Bay Area Renaissance Festival

Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (rain or shine)
Date: Saturdays and Sundays, February 14, 2015 through March 29, 2015, PLUS Friday, March 27 (Festival Friday)
Location: MOSI Festival Grounds
Cost: Admission at the gate: $19.95/adult; $11.95/child (age 5-12); FREE for children age 4 and younger. Click here for 2014 Bay Area Renaissance Festival Event Promotions and Discounts. Discount tickets are available at participating Walgreens stores and at MOSI. Parking is FREE.
Register/Info: (813) 983-0742; Bay Area Renaissance Festival Website

What’s Doing?
Journey back in time as more than 100 merchants contribute to the atmosphere of this charming 16th century village. Experience live armored jousting, 12 stages of entertainment, 7 theme weekends, and fun and food for the whole family.

Theme Weekends:
– February 14 & 15: Wine, Chocolate & Romance
– February 21 & 22: Highland Fling
– February 28 & March 1: Buccaneer Beer Fest
– March 7 & 8: Flight of Fantasy
– March 14 & 15: Shamrocks & Shenanigans
– March 21 & 22: High Seas Adventure
– March 27: Festival Friday
– March 28 & 29: Barbarian BBQ Bash

2015 Bay Area Renaissance Festival Flyer

Address:
MOSI
11315 North 46th Street
Tampa, FL 33617

Knight With Lance Riding Horse image courtesy of vectorolie / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
2015 Bay Area Renaissance Festival Flyer image courtesy of Mid America Festivals Inc.

Monster Jam 2015 Presents FREE Monster Trucks Displays Around Tampa Bay

Monster Truck: Monster Mutt DalmationTime: See schedule below
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Location: See schedule below
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: Contact the locations below for more details.

What’s Doing?
Before Monster Jam invades Raymond James Stadium, some of the show’s biggest stars will be on display across the bay area. See and take pictures with the 12-foot-tall, 10,000-pound trucks, and meet the drivers!
– 2 p.m.: Monster Mutt Dalmation at Circle K (St. Pete, FL)
– 2 p.m.: El Toro Logo at Metro PCS (Land O’Lakes, FL)
– 3 p.m.: Spike at Wesley Chapel Honda (Wesley Chapel, FL)
– 6 p.m.: Gunslinger at The Round Up (Tampa, FL)

AsterikMonster Jam takes place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Raymond James Stadium (4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33607). Learn more.

Address:
Circle K
3400 Fifth Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 321-1307

Metro PCS
21635 Village Lakes Shopping Center Drive
Land O’Lakes, FL 34639
(813) 948-7200

Wesley Chapel Honda
27750 Wesley Chapel Boulevard
Wesley Chapel, 33544
(813) 929-7200

The Round Up
13918 W. Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL 33635
(813) 855-1229

RELATED LINKS:
1. For the Parents: Enjoy FREE Chick-fil-A Coffee (Hot or Iced) ALL FEBRUARY
2. Menchie’s Celebrates National Frozen Yogurt Day with FREE Froyo
3. 2015 Florida State Fair is Coming to the FL State Fairgrounds Feb. 5-16

Monster Truck Tire Image courtesy of Proline Racing
Monster Truck: Monster Mutt Dalmation image courtesy of Monster Jam

The Great Room Escape: A Real-life Escape Game Opens in Tampa

The Great Room Escape LogoTime:
Date: Opening Thursday, February 26, 2015 (Soft Opening: February 13-15 & 20-22, 2015)
Location: The Great Room Escape
Cost: Soft Opening Tickets: $10/person (February 13-15 & 20-22, 2015)
Register/Info: (202) 780-8437; The Great Room Escape Website

What’s Doing?
The Great Escape Room is excited to announce the opening of their latest location in Tampa, FL on Thursday, February 26, 2015. The adventure – a “real-life room escape game” – is based on online escape games. You are locked in a room with a series of clues and puzzles that must be solved in order to exit the room. It is part scavenger hunt and part puzzle game. Teams of up to 12 will work together to solve the puzzles and escape within a 60-minute time limit.

Tampa will be the third Florida location. Additional Great Room Escape locations are Orlando, FL; Miami, FL and Royal Oak, MI.

The Great Room Escape is currently hosting a Puzzle of the Week contest, where people can submit answers for a chance to win FREE tickets.

Address:
The Great Room Escape
300 Madison Street, Suite 301
Tampa, FL 33602

Speech Bubble Shows Jigsaw Puzzle And Chat image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Logo image courtesy of The Great Room Escape

For the Parents: Enjoy FREE Chick-fil-A Coffee (Hot or Iced) ALL FEBRUARY

What’s Doing?
Stop into your favorite Chick-fil-A restaurant* anytime from February 2-28, 2015 for a complimentary 12-oz Hot Coffee or 16-oz Iced Coffee all day, everyday. Chick-fil-A coffee is sustainably sourced by THRIVE Farmers™ Coffee and freshly brewed for you.

*NOTE: Offer is only available at participating locations while supplies last for 12oz (small) hot or 16oz (medium) iced sizes. One per person, per visit. No substitutions.

Chick-fil-A Free Coffee in February 2015 Flyer

RELATED LINKS:
1. Give FREE Tickets with Chuck E. Cheese’s FREE Printable Valentine’s Day Cards
2. FREE and Cheap Crafts for Kids in Tamp Bay: February 2015
3. Menchie’s Celebrates National Frozen Yogurt Day with FREE Froyo

Chick-fil-A Iced and Hot Coffee image courtesy of CFA Properties, Inc.
Chick-fil-A Free Coffee Flyer image courtesy of CFA Properties, Inc.

Surprise Birthday Party for Elmo at Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park

Elmo's faceTime: 11 a.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2014
Location: Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 926-9380; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Elmo’s birthday in on Tuesday, and Learning Express Toys in Westfield Citrus Park Mall will be throwing him a surprise party! Festivities will begin with an Elmo Story Time with Miss Koko, who will prep the kids to surprise Elmo upon his arrival. The party will follow with dancing with Elmo, games, coloring and a special birthday treat. All attendees will receive a cute Elmo mask.

Address:
Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Westfield Citrus Park
7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall
Tampa, FL 33625

RELATED LINKS:
1. FREE and Cheap Crafts for Kids in Tamp Bay: February 2015
2. Give FREE Tickets with Chuck E. Cheese’s FREE Printable Valentine’s Day Cards
3. 2015 Florida State Fair is Coming to the FL State Fairgrounds Feb. 5-16
4. Menchie’s Celebrates National Frozen Yogurt Day with FREE Froyo

Bunch of balloons image: Master isolated images / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

You’re Invited to a Valentines Day Party at WestShore Plaza

Heart iconTime: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Location: WestShore Plaza Center Court
Cost: The activities are FREE. Regular menu prices apply.
Register/Info: (813) 286-0534; Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza Website

What’s Doing?
Join family and friends for a special Chick-fil-A Valentine’s Day Party with crafts, games and sweet treats. The first 100 event guests will receive a special Valentine’s Day gift bag filled with goodies!

This event will be held in WestShore Plaza Center Court.

Valentine's Day Party Flyer

Address:
WestShore Plaza
250 Westshore Plaza
Tampa, FL 33609

RELATED LINKS:
1. Story Time at Chick-fil-A, Westshore Plaza
2. Tampa Bay Area 2015 Valentine’s Day Events for Kids & Families
3. Chick-fil-A Tyrone Blvd. is Serving Up Family Night Fun in January & February 2015

Hearts Hanging image courtesy of hinnamsaisuy / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Heart Icon image courtesy of photoraidz / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Valentine’s Day Party Flyer image courtesy of Chick-fil-A WestShore Plaza

Jump with Princess at AirHeads Trampoline Arena

Time: 12-4 p.m.
Date: Sundays in February beginning February 8, 15 & 22, 2015
Location: AirHeads Trampoline Arena
Cost: Included with regular admission. Get 50% off admission with a princess costume.
Register/Info: AirHeads Trampoline Arena Website

What’s Doing?
Jump with a Princess on Sundays in February (begins February 8) from Noon to 4 p.m. Princess costumes are encouraged.

Airheads Jump with Princess Flyer

Address:
AirHeads Trampoline Arena
12401 Belcher Road
Largo, FL 33773
(727) 324-6772

AirHeads Trampoline Arena
5072 West Linebaugh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33624
(813) 324-5761

Kids jumping image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Jump with Princess Flyer image courtesy of Airheads Trampoline Arena

FREE and Cheap Crafts for Kids in Tampa Bay: February 2015

Colored PencilsKids love to make crafts. Moms and Dads love FREE crafts! There are so many cool FREE – or really cheap – craft opportunities for kids to enjoy each month. Just take a look at what’s going on around the Bay area this month!

AsterikThere will be more events coming when more companies release their program calendars, so please bookmark this page and check back!

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Children’s Sign Language Course
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Date: Mondays, February 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2015
Location: Safety Harbor Public Library
Cost: FREE, but registration is required. Call the Deaf Services Office at (727) 724-1525, ext. 4120 to register.
Register/Info: (727) 724-1525, ext. 4120; Safety Harbor Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
(Age 4-12) This is an ASL course that includes Sign Language vocabulary, stories and crafts or activities for children.

Address:
Safety Harbor Public Library
101 2nd Street North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

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Elmo's faceSurprise Birthday Party for Elmo at Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Time: 11 a.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2014
Location: Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 926-9380; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Elmo’s birthday in on Tuesday, and Learning Express Toys in Westfield Citrus Park Mall will be throwing him a surprise party! Festivities will begin with an Elmo Story Time with Miss Koko, who will prep the kids to surprise Elmo upon his arrival. The party will follow with dancing with Elmo, games, coloring and a special birthday treat. All attendees will receive a cute Elmo mask.

Address:
Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Westfield Citrus Park
7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall
Tampa, FL 33625

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Elmo’s Birthday Party at Learning Express Toys-South Tampa
Time: 1 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2014
Location: Learning Express Toys-South Tampa
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 250-6200; Learning Express Toys-South Tampa Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids in to celebrate Elmo’s Birthday with an in-store party.

Learning Express Toys-South Tampa Feb 2-7 Calendar

Address:
Learning Express Toys-South Tampa
WestShore Plaza
129 Westshore Plaza
Tampa, FL 33609

Tampa Feb 2-7 Calendar image courtesy of Learning Express Toys-South

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Art After School
Time:
4-4:45 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 10, 17 & 24 2015
Location: Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 273-3652 ; HCPLC Website

What’s Doing?
(Grades K-5th) This is your time to express yourself through art. Come join the fun, take home your creations and show off your talents!

Address:
Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library
2902 West Bearss Avenue
Tampa, FL 33618

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AsterikCheck with your nearby Chick-fil-A restaurants. Most offer special Family Nights with crafts and activities for the kids. The event and activities are always FREE, you pay only for your food! Locate a Chick-fil-A restaurant near you.

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Kidspace
Time: 3-3:45 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2015
Location: Brandon Regional Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 273-3652; HCPLC Website

What’s Doing?
(Grades K-5th) Children can participate in weekly activities, including games, crafts, show and tells, and book talks during this 45-minute program.

Address:
Brandon Regional Library
619 Vonderburg Drive
Brandon, FL 33511

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Art Class at Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Time:
11 a.m.
Date: Wednesdays, February 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2015
Location: Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Cost: FREE, but registration is required. (Call the store to register.)
Register/Info: (813) 926-9380; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the little ones for some creative fun:
– Wednesday, February 4: Yarn Heart Valentine
– Wednesday, February 11: Valentine Craft
– Wednesday, February 18: Fishbowl Craft
– Wednesday, February 25: Rainy Day Umbrellas

February 2015 Calendar of Events

Address:
Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Westfield Citrus Park
7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall
Tampa, FL 33625

February 2015 Calendar of Events image courtesy of Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park

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After School Art
Time: 3:30-4.m.
Date: Wednesdays, February 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2015
Location: Temple Terrace Public Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 506-6770; HCPLC Website

What’s Doing?
(Age 6-12 with a caregiver) Kids will enjoy stories and related art activities.

Address:
Temple Terrace Public Library
202 Bullard Parkway
Temple Terrace, FL 33617

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Book Time @ Brooker Creek
Time:
10:30-11:15 a.m.
Date: Thursdays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2015
Location: Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center (Check in at the front desk.)
Cost: FREE, but registration is required for participating children (Accompanying adults do not need to register themselves. Registration closes 24 hours prior the program.)
Register/Info: (727) 453-6800; Book Time @ Brooker Creek – 2015 Online Registration Page

What’s Doing?
(Age 3-5) Bring your preschooler to this program designed to connect them to the wonders of the natural world. In addition to hearing a great story, your child will participate in a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story that is read.

NOTE: The activity that accompanies the story may NOT be a craft. Call for more details on the event you plan to attend.

Address:
Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Road
Tarpon Springs, FL 33688

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Story Time and Craft at Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Time:
11 a.m.
Date: Thursdays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2015
Location: Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 926-9380; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the little ones a story and some creative fun:
– Thursday, February 5: Valentine Story Time & Craft
– Thursday, February 12: Valentine Story Time & Craft
– Thursday, February 19: Thomas the Train Story Time & Craft
– Thursday, February 26: Carnival Story Time & Craft

Address:
Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Westfield Citrus Park
7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall
Tampa, FL 33625

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Children’s Cartoon Valentine Cards
Time:
4:30-6 p.m.
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Location: SouthShore Regional Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 273-3652; Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative Website

What’s Doing?
(Age 5-12 years. Children age 5-6 years must be accompanied by an adult.) Join artist Leah Lopez for this fun, step-by-step cartoon class. Children will create cartoons and make them into Valentine’s Day Cards.

Address:
SouthShore Regional Library
15816 Beth Shields Way
Ruskin, FL 33573

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Story Hour Fridays
Time:
10:30 a.m.
Date: Friday, February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2015
Location: Gulf Beaches Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 391-2828; Gulf Beaches Library Website

What’s Doing?
(Ages 2-5) Each week features a themed story time and craft geared especially for little ones age 2-5 with their parent/caregiver.

Address:
Gulf Beaches Library
200 Municipal Drive
Madeira Beach, FL 33708

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Kid’s Corner Story Time
Time:
10:45 a.m.
Date: Friday, February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2015
Location: Chick-fil-A in Tyrone Square
Cost: Activities are FREE, you pay only for your food
Register/Info: (727) 381-2066; Chick-fil-A in Tyrone Square Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
This event for little ones takes place every Friday morning in the Tyrone Square Food Court.

Address:
Chick-fil-A in Tyrone Square
Tyrone Square
2257 Tyrone Square
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

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Fair Day Friday Fun at Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Time:
11 a.m.
Date: Friday, February 6, 2015
Location: Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Cost: FREE, but registration is required.
Register/Info: (813) 926-9380; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the little ones a story and some creative fun:
– 11 a.m.: Toddler Valentines
– 12 p.m.: Sand Foam
– 1 p.m.: Game & Demo Hour (No registration is required for this one.)
– 2 p.m.: Valentine Craft
– 3 p.m.: Make Lip Balm

NOTE: West Hillsborough County children have the day off of school.

Fun Friday Flyer

Address:
Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Westfield Citrus Park
7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall
Tampa, FL 33625

Fun Friday Flyer image courtesy of Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park

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Home Depot Kids Workshop: Build a Heart Box
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Location: Home Depot Stores
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: Home Depot Kids Workshop Website

What’s Doing?
(Ages 5-12) 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, keep and bring back each time they attend. Upon completing the project, they will receive an achievement pin to add to their apron and a certificate of completion. (NOTE: Home Depot crafts are unfinished when you complete them at the store, although some Home Depot stores may offer paint to decorate your project during some of the craft events.)

– Saturday, February 7: Build a Heart Box

Address:
Locate a Home Depot store near you.

Home Depot Build & Grow Workshop: Build a Heart Box image courtesy of Homer TLC, Inc.

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Michaels Kids Club
Time:
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturdays, February 7, 14, 21 & 28,2015
Location: Participating Michaels stores
Cost: $2/child/session
Register/Info: Sign up in the store with a Sales Associate; Michaels Website

What’s Doing?
Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
– Saturday, February 7: String Art Heart
– Saturday, February 14: Puzzle Piece Necklace
– Saturday, February 21: Tissue Paper Frame
– Saturday, February 28: Personalized Door Hanger

Michaels Feb. 2015 Kids Club CraftsMichaels Feb. 2015 Kids Club Crafts

Address:
Find a Michaels store near you.

February 2015 Kids Club Events image courtesy of Michaels

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Saturdays @ Morean
Time:
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2015
Location: Morean Arts Center
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 822-7872, ext. 2110; Morean Arts Center Website

What’s Doing?
Each Saturday, Morean Arts Center will have FREE art experiences specially geared for families with children age 5–10. The Center will be open for free art exploration with open art stations and take-home projects with instructors on hand to assist.

Address:
Morean Arts Center
719 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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Very Valentine Story Time
Time:
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Location: Lutz Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 273-3652 ; HCPLC Website

What’s Doing?
(Grades K-5th) Bring the kids for stories, games and crafts to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Address:
Lutz Branch Library
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road West
Lutz, FL 33548

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The Art Spot
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2015
Location: Tampa Museum of Art (Golding-Scher classroom)
Cost: Admission to the activity is FREE; Regular admission costs apply to view the galleries (NO registration required)
Register/Info: (813) 421-8374; Tampa Museum of Art Website

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday morning, the Museum offers a family drop-in art program. Let your children explore their creativity with self-guided projects based on gallery-related monthly themes. No registration required.

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

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

Image courtesy of Tampa Museum of Art

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Lakeshore Learning Store In-Store Craft
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m
Date: Saturday, February 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2015
Location: Lakeshore Learning Store
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 207-0468; Lakeshore Learning Store Website

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday, Lakeshore Learning Store has FREE crafts for kids to make that go along with the month or season. Every time you complete a craft, you receive a paper dollar. Once you collect 3, you can turn them in for a prize from the treasure chest! Check out the FREE crafts for kids you can enjoy every Saturday at Lakeshore Learning Store:
— Saturday, February 7: From the Heart Coupons
– Saturday, February 14: Uncle Sam’s U.S. Mask
– Saturday, February 21: Roar-A-Lot Lion Puppet
– Saturday, February 28: Hats Off Pencil Holder

Lakeshore Learning Store Free February 2015 CraftsLakeshore Learning Store Free February 2015 Crafts

Address:
Lakeshore Learning Store
4501 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33609

Lakeshore Learning Store’s FREE February 2015 Crafts for Kids image courtesy of Lakeshore Learning Materials

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Lakeshore Learning Store Made with Love Event
Time:
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Location: Lakeshore Learning Store
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 207-0468; Lakeshore Learning Store Website

What’s Doing?
(Age 3+) On February 7, in addition to making special “From the Heart Coupons” for Valentine’s Day, children can also make a Pot of Heart Flowers and Mailbox Buddy.

Each day your child participates, she will receive a ticket. Collect three tickets to pick a treasure from the toy chest.

Lakeshore Learning Store Made with Love Event Flyer

Address:
Lakeshore Learning Store
4501 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33609

Lakeshore Learning Store Made with Love Event Flyer image courtesy of Lakeshore Learning Materials

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Viva Saturdays Storytime
Time: 12-1:15 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Location: East Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 562-4970; Clearwater Public Libraries Website

What’s Doing?
(Age 3+) Celebrate Saturday with stories, songs, crafts and surprises.

Address:
East Library
2251 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 33765

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Valentine Card Craft
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Location: Centennial Park Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 834-3204; Pasco County Libraries Website

What’s Doing?
(Grades K-3rd and their families) Create Valentines for family and friends.

Address:
Centennial Park Branch Library
5740 Moog Road
Holiday, FL 34690

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Dillydally with Dali
Time:
11:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Date: Sundays, February 8, 15 & 22, 2015
Location: Dali Museum (1st floor Education Classroom)
Cost: FREE for these activities in the classroom; Regular admission applies if you want to explore the museum.
Register/Info: (727) 823-3767; Dali Museum Website

What’s Doing?
Children are invited to discover the creative world of Dali through games, puzzles and arts + crafts activities, which educate and encourage family interaction.

Address:
The Dali Museum
One Dali Boulevard
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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Strawberry CupcakeWHOLE KIDS CLUB: Decorate Your Cupcake
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Date: Sunday, February 8, 2015
Location: Whole Foods Market Tampa
Cost: FREE, but registration is required.
Info: Register by e-mailing Curtis.Whitwam@wholefoods.com; Whole Foods Market Tampa Website

What’s Doing?
Kids are invited to have fun decorating Valentine’s-themed cupcakes with Melanie, Whole Foods Market Tampa’s cake decorator. Then, Rebecca will show the kids how to make their very own upcycled Valentine’s Day cards! Enjoy your cupcakes and bring your card to your very special Valentine.

Address:
Whole Foods Market Tampa
1548 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33607

Strawberry Cup Cake image courtesy of piyato / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Valentine’s Day Craft
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Location: Countryside Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 562-4970, ext. 3; Largo Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
Join Miss Jill for wonder-filled crafts.

Address:
Countryside Library
2741 State Road 580
Clearwater, FL 33761

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WHOLE KIDS CLUB: Roses are Red, Violets are Blue …
Time:
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Location: Whole Foods Market Carrollwood
Cost: $5 donation to Whole Kids Foundation. Registration is required.
Register/Info: (813) 264-3600; Once the class is full, please contact Customer Service to be placed on the waiting list: (813) 264-3600; Register online for the Whole Foods Carrollwood Event Registration on Eventbrite

What’s Doing?
Join Demo Specialist Linnea to decorate a heart-shaped cookie. Then, create the perfect Valentine’s Day card with “magic” beans and grains.

Address:
Whole Foods Market Carrollwood
3802 Northdale Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33624

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Be My Valentine Craft Party
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Location: North Greenwood Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 562-4970, ext. 3; Clearwater Public Library System Website

What’s Doing?
Kids can participate in games, win prizes, and make a DIY holiday craft.

Address:
North Greenwood Library
905 North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33755

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Valentine Tea Party
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Location: Southwest Recreation Complex
Cost: $5 per child. Registration is required by February 2.
Register/Info: (727) 518-3125; Register in person or online at City of Largo Website

What’s Doing?
(Age 7 and younger) Wear your red as we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Themed crafts, snacks and games are all included.

Address:
Southwest Recreation Complex
13120 Vonn Road
Largo, FL 33774

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Valentines Drop-In
Time:
3-4:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, February 13, 2015
Location: Palm Harbor Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 784-3332; Palm Harbor Library Website

What’s Doing?
(Age 3+) Be our valentine and swing by the Children’s Room for stories, games and a simple make & take craft you will love!

Address:
Palm Harbor Library
2330 Nebraska Avenue
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

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Lowe's Build & Grow February 2015 CraftLowe’s Build & Grow Workshop
Time:
10 a.m.
Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Location: Participating Lowe’s stores
Cost: FREE, but registration is required.
Register/Info: Call your store for more details. Register online at Lowe’s Build & Grow. (NOTE: You must register for the Lowe’s store you will be visiting. Print and bring your registration with you to the event.)

What’s Doing?
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build this Sweetheart Picture Holder.

Address:
Find a Lowe’s store near you.

Lowe’s Build & Grow February 2015 Craft image courtesy of Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

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Kids Cupcake Decorating
Time:
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Location: Palm Harbor Library
Cost: FREE. Registration is required. Register online.
Register/Info: (727) 784-3332; Palm Harbor Library Website

What’s Doing?
(Age 4-9) Frosting mania! Have a sweet time at this yummy program.

NOTE: This is a kids-only program.

Address:
Palm Harbor Library
2330 Nebraska Avenue
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

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Valentine Craft
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Location: Clearwater Main Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 562-4970, ext. 3; Clearwater Public Library System Website

What’s Doing?
Draw and color a giant sidewalk chalk Valentine. Plus, make more Valentines to take home for that special person.

Address:
Clearwater Main Library
100 North Osceola Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33755

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After school Make and Take Craft
Time:
2-6 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Tarpon Springs Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 943-4922; Tarpon Springs Library Website

What’s Doing?
Stop by after school and make a fancy Mardi Gras mask.

Address:
Tarpon Springs Library
138 East Lemon Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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Tuesday Crafternoon
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Safety Harbor Public Library
Cost: FREE, but registration is required.
Register/Info: (727) 724-1525, ext. 4118; Safety Harbor Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
(Ages 4-10) Celebrate the Chinese New Year this month by making paper dragons at the library.

Address:
Safety Harbor Public Library
101 2nd Street North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

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After School Holiday Craft
Time:
2-6 p.m.
Date: Friday, February 19, 2015
Location: Tarpon Springs Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 943-4922; Tarpon Springs Library Website

What’s Doing?
It’s Chinese New Year! Celebrate with a special craft.

Address:
Tarpon Springs Library
138 East Lemon Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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Green Apple HeartWHOLE KIDS CLUB: Locally Grown
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Location: Whole Foods Market Tampa
Cost: FREE, but registration is required.
Info: Register by e-mailing Curtis.Whitwam@wholefoods.com; Whole Foods Market Tampa Website

What’s Doing?
Join in this interactive class and learn some great recipes that kids can help make. This class will include local products made by Florida’s very own growers and producers.

Address:
Whole Foods Market Tampa
1548 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33607

Green Apple with Heart image courtesy of rakratchada torsap / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Kids Crafts: “Chinese New Year: the Year of the Goat”
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Location: Land O’Lakes Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 929-1214; Pasco County Libraries Website

What’s Doing?
(Grades K-5th) This event takes place on the third Saturday of each month and features a story and crafts. This month’s theme is: “Chinese New Year: the Year of the Goat”

Address:
Land O’Lakes Branch Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O’Lakes, FL 34639

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Chinese New Year Celebration
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Location: South Holiday Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 834-3331; Pasco County Libraries Website

What’s Doing?
(Grades K-5th) Celebrate the Year of the Sheep while learning all about Chinese New Year in this cultural craft program.

Address:
South Holiday Branch Library
4649 Mile Stretch Drive
Holiday, FL 34690

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Whole Kids Club
Time:
1-2 p.m.
Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015
Location: Whole Foods Market Clearwater
Cost: FREE, but registration is required. Sign up at the Customer Service Desk.
Register/Info: (727) 724-7100; Whole Foods Market Clearwater

What’s Doing?
Who says you can’t play with your food? Make beautiful – and tasty – creations out of food!

Address:
Whole Foods Market Clearwater
Westfield Countryside Mall
27001 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761

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Make Your Own Robobug at Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Time:
2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Cost: FREE, but registration is required.
Register/Info: (813) 926-9380; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids to make a Robobug.

Address:
Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Westfield Citrus Park
7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall
Tampa, FL 33625

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Time: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: Regency Park Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 861-3049; Pasco County Libraries Website

What’s Doing?
(Age birth-5 years) Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with stories and crafts.

Address:
Regency Park Branch Library
9701 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654

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Make Your Own Robobug at Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Time:
2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Cost: FREE, but registration is required.
Register/Info: (813) 926-9380; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids to make a Robobug.

Address:
Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Westfield Citrus Park
7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall
Tampa, FL 33625

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Crayons image: posterize / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Colored pencils image courtesy of adamr / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Give FREE Tickets with Chuck E. Cheese’s FREE Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

Chuck E. Cheese's Free Printable Valentine's Day CardsWhat’s Doing?
Chuck E. Cheese offers FREE printable Valentine’s Day cards on their website. Simply download, print and exchange them with friends, classmates and loved ones. Each card is good for 25 FREE Tickets on your next visit to Chuck E. Cheese’s. (Note: A food purchase is required. Cards expire 3/2/15.)

Address:
These Valentine’s Day Cards are valid at any Chuck E. Cheese’s location nationwide. Here are the Tampa Bay area Chuck E. Cheese’s locations:

Chuck E. Cheese’s
25921 US Highway 19
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 791-3377

Chuck E. Cheese’s
The Grove
6170 Wesley Grove Boulevard
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
(813) 979-6200

Chuck E. Cheese’s
14308 Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 963-7200

Chuck E. Cheese’s
1540 West Brandon Boulevard
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 685-2902

RELATED LINKS:
1. Tampa Bay Area 2015 Valentine’s Day Events for Kids & Families
2. You’re Invited to a Valentines Day Party at WestShore Plaza

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Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards image courtesy of Chuck E. Cheese’s

2015 Florida State Fair is Coming to the FL State Fairgrounds Feb. 5-16

Group of Kids JumpingTime: General Admission and Gate Hours
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015 through Monday, February 16, 2015
Location: Florida State Fairgrounds
Cost: Fair Tickets and Armbands
Register/Info: (813) 621-7821; Florida State Fair Website

What’s Doing?
Get ready for the rides, games, entertainment, concerts, fair food, and livestock shows!

Free Fun on Student Days
This year, the 111th Annual Florida State Fair kicks off February 5-16, 2015 in Tampa. Students from several surrounding counties be able to enjoy top-notch fun with free general admission tickets. Students from the counties below will receive a FREE general admission ticket on the following dates:
– WEST Hillsborough County students only: February 6
– Hardee County: February 8
– Highlands & Citrus Counties: February 15
– Manatee Pinellas, Polk & Sarasota Counties: February 16

Each school district is responsible for distributing Student Day tickets. Private or religious schools may also participate in Student Days as well by contacting the State Fair Administration Office at (813) 627-4360.

New Student Day Admission Policy: Students who enter the Fair with a FREE ticket after 6 p.m. must be accompanied by an adult, 21 years old or older. One adult may accompany up to four (4) students, and will be granted FREE admission into the Fair when entering after 6 p.m.

Address:
Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 US Highway 301 North
Tampa, FL 33610

RELATED LINKS:
1. Menchie’s Celebrates National Frozen Yogurt Day with FREE Froyo
2. Junior Designer Camp at Pottery Barn Kids
3. Tampa Bay Area 2015 Valentine’s Day Events for Kids & Families

2015 Florida State Fair Logo image courtesy of the Florida State Fair Authority

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