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Story Time, Music and a Craft at Nature’s Food Patch

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Monday, January 19, 2015
Location: Nature’s Food Patch
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 443-6703; Usborne Book Buddy Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Join the FREE family fun at Nature’s Food Patch. Story time with Usborne Book Buddy and Music & Me, LLC will feature stories, songs and a craft.

Usborne Book Buddy Story Time Flyer

Address:
Nature’s Food Patch
1225 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755

Little girl reading a book image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Story Time Flyer image courtesy of Usborne Book Buddy

Lennar’s Southshore Model Grand Opening: Frozen Family Event

Time: 12-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Location: Belmont Welcome Home Center
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (888) 212-7878; Lennar Tampa Website

What’s Doing?
Enjoy a Food Truck Rally with three food trucks and view the 9 new decorated Models across five communities. The kids will love the face painting, balloon animals, frozen yogurt, giveaways, and family fun games.

Guests will also have the opportunity to enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Disney’s Frozen on Ice during the event.

Lennar's Southshore Model Grand Opening Ad

Address:
Belmont Welcome Home Center
10234 Celtic Ash Drive
Riverview, FL 33578

Jolly Family image courtesy of imagerymajestic / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital FREE Booster Seat Giveaway

Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2014
Location: The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: Appointments are preferred. Drive-ups welcome, but may result in an extended wait time. To register, please call (813) 615-0589. St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Website

What’s Doing?
St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is hosting a FREE high-back booster seat giveaway in recognition of Florida’s enhanced child restraint law (House Bill 225), which took effect January 1, 2015. During the event, child passenger safety technicians will distribute FREE high-back booster seats (a $40 value) and provide installation assistance.

The seats will be given to parents and caregivers with a child who has outgrown his/her car seat or isn’t currently using a booster seat but is now required to do so.

All criteria below must be met to qualify:
– The child must be present.
– The child must be at least 40 pounds.
– The child must be at least 4 years of age.
– The vehicle must be present.

The new Florida law requires that all children use a child restraint until their 6th birthday, and a harnessed car seat is required until their 4th birthday.

Under the New Law:
– Booster Seats are not permissible for use until the child’s 4th birthday. Children should not use a booster seat until they are over 40 pounds and at least 4 years old.
– A Booster Seat must be used with both a lap and shoulder belt until the adult seat belt fits correctly.
– The seat belt should fit “Belt to Bone.” Over the shoulder and hips/lap, instead of the soft neck and stomach.

Appointments are preferred. Drive-ups welcome, but may result in an extended wait time. To register, please call (813) 615-0589.

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Booster Seat Giveaway

Address:
The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County
1002 East Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

High-backed booster seat and Booster Seat Giveaway flyer images courtesy of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

ReptiDay at All Sports Arena

ReptiDay LogoTime: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Location: All Sports Arena
Cost: $10/person, $5/child (age 5-12) and FREE for children age 4 and younger.
Tickets/Info: (863) 268-4273; ReptiDay New Port Richey Web Page

What’s Doing?
See live animals from around the world, purchase pets and pet products, and learn more about reptiles and exotic animals at live seminars and demonstrations.

Address:
All Sports Arena
7716 Rutillio Court
New Port Richey, FL 34653

Crocodile And Gavial Friend On White Background image courtesy of Keerati at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Florida Residents Can Once Again Get a FREE Busch Gardens & SeaWorld Preschool Pass

Preschool Pass Logo
It’s Back! (… but only for a limited time.)
Sesame Street® Safari of Fun is celebrating five years of family-friendly experiences in 2015 with a very special, limited-time offer from Busch Gardens® Tampa! From January 5, 2015 through December 31, 2015 kids age five and younger can enjoy all of the excitement of Busch Gardens® Tampa and SeaWorld® Orlando for FREE with the return of the Preschool Pass!*

The Preschool Pass is FREE for kids 5 and younger, and offers unlimited admission through 2015, but to get your pass you must register online.

* The Fine Print This offer is for Florida residents only. Valid only at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa and only for children 5 years old and younger at time of redemption. Unlimited admission through 12/31/2015. Does not include free parking, separately ticketed events or other discounts. Bring registration confirmation and valid form of ID (a copy of a certified birth certificate or travel passport) to the ticket window at SeaWorld or Busch Gardens. School IDs or children’s security IDs will not be accepted. The SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Preschool Pass offer is not available at the park; advance online registration required. Offer valid for limited time and subject to change and/or cancellation without notice.

Please contact Busch Gardens Tampa for additional details and restrictions.

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Jolly Family image courtesy of imagerymajestic / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Preschool Pass Logo image courtesy of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc.

REVIEW: Painting with The Color Wheelz

DISCLAIMER: The following post is based on my family’s experience participating in a complimentary Color Wheelz Holiday Break Class. All opinions expressed are my own.

Color Wheelz Painting ClassIntroducing … The Color Wheelz
The Color Wheelz is a group step-by-step painting activity. Although I have known friends to have participated in group painting parties, this fall was the first time I had participated in one myself, and I was surprised by just how fun it was for both parents and kids, as well as by how well all ages were able to execute the painting! When The Color Wheelz invited my daughter and me to participate in a class and write about it here on WDTB, I was more than delighted for the opportunity to share this fun art experience with all of you!

This time, I let my husband give it a try, and he did pretty well!

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Meet The Color Wheelz at Wiregrass
Every Wednesday morning, parents can bring their little ones to The Shops at Wiregrass for their FREE Wiregrass Ranchers Kids Club, which features an hour of entertainment and a chance for parents to meet and mingle.

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015 the entertainment will be provided by The Color Wheelz, a mobile art business that brings art parties and classes to you. During the event, children will have the opportunity to artistically express themselves through guided crafts.

Asterik
DID YOU KNOW? The Color Wheelz will be entertaining children at The Shop at Wiregrass’s Kids Club event one week each month! Check The Shops at Wiregrass calendar to find out which week The Color Wheelz will be there.

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Color Wheelz Painting ClassReady to Paint!
Over the holiday break, my husband and 7-year-old daughter joined a Color Wheelz winter break class, where they each painted a Christmas stocking on canvas. Painting is one of my daughter’s favorite activities, and getting to paint with her daddy made it even better!

Upon arriving, they got to choose their seats and put on an apron provided by Color Wheelz, while the instructor and her assistants finalized prepping for the classroom. Each place at the table included an easel and canvas, paint brushes in the various sizes, a plate with paint, and a cup of water for washing out brushes. An outline of the stocking image was penciled on each canvas to get everyone started off in the same direction.

Color Wheelz offers step-by-step painting instruction***********************************

AsterikTIP: Although aprons are provided and cover a good deal of your clothing, it is best to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on. The paint used in these classes will not wash out, and arms and legs can get a paint spot or two.

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Color Wheelz Painting ClassStep-by-Step
The instructor paints along with her class, walking you through the process step-by-step and making it easy for everyone to paint a beautiful canvas. There were all ages represented in this class, from younger than my daughter to teens (and my husband), and everyone was able to paint a Christmas stocking that looked like the teachers!

Color Wheelz Cookie BreakBreak Time
Painting takes a lot of concentration – especially if you’re little. So, halfway through the class, everyone gets to take a break. During our class, the kids were treated to cookies and water, and a chance to mingle with their friends and show off their work.

Color Wheelz Painting ClassPainting: Part II
Following the break, the instructor took the class through the final steps of completing the Christmas stocking painting, and kids could personalize their paintings with their initial.

In my opinion, though, the best part of the class is the pride the kids feel and seeing the smiles on their faces when they hold up their finished paintings!

Click here to see the group photo of our class on The Color Wheelz Facebook Page.

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Join in the Fun with The Color Wheelz
The Color Wheelz offers special classes when school’s out, and as I mentioned before, those of you with little ones can catch up with them once a month at The Shops at Wiregrass’ Kids Club event. Follow The Color Wheelz on Facebook, or check their website for information on upcoming special events.

The Color Wheelz also offers:
– School Fundraisers: $5 from each painter goes back to the school
– Girls Night Out
– Children’s Birthday Parties
– Parties for Preschoolers (Mommy & Me): Children Paint the background, then parents paint their foot or hand and complete the picture while the kids get their face painted!

Call The Color Wheelz at (352) 584-1396 for more information.

The Color Wheelz Logo image courtesy of The Color Wheelz
Photos © 2014 Nicole Doyle / What’s Doing? Tampa Bay

10th Annual Suncoast Arts Festival at The Shops at Wiregrass

Suncoast Arts Festival 10 Years LogoTime: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.)
Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015 & Sunday, January 18, 2015
Location: The Shops at Wiregrass
Cost: FREE admission and parking; Arts and crafts, food and beverages available for purchase
Info: Suncoast Arts Festival website; The Shops at Wiregrass Calendar of Events

What’s Doing?
This annual arts festival features 130+ fine artists and crafts vendors, entertainment, food, family friendly and youth art experiences, and more. Here’s what to expect:
– Chalk Art Walk
– 1-Mile Suncoast Fun Run for the Arts (Sunday)
– “Random Acts for Art” Entertainment Stage
– High School Emerging Artist Exhibit
– Hands-on Kid’s Art Garden

Address:
The Shops at Wiregrass
28211 Paseo Drive
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

Suncoast Arts Festival 10 Years Logo image courtesy of the Suncoast Arts Festival

Parents Night Out: Pioneer Night at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement

Time: 6 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Location: Pinellas Pioneer Settlement
Cost: $15 (registration required).
Register/Info: (727) 893-7326; Boyd Hill Nature Center Website

What’s Doing?
(Age 6-12) While parents enjoy a night out, kids will enjoy a night of pioneer fun, campfire and s’mores.

Address:
Pinellas Pioneer Settlement
2900 31st Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Happy Family With Kid image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

For the Parents: Registry Party at Babies “R” Us

Pregnant Mom and DadTime: 2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 17, 2014
Location: Participating Babies “R” Us stores
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: Please call your store in advance to confirm their participation before attending; Babies “R” Us Website

What’s Doing?
Get a chance to see – and win – a must-have item for baby.
– Raffling off more than 10 Moms Love-it Award-winning items
– Get expert advice on preparing for baby
– Meet and mingle with other parents-to-be
– Start a registry or add to your current registry

Address:
Find a Babies “R” Us store near you.

RELATED LINKS:
1. The Mommy Spot Tampa’s Expectant Mommy Event

Baby hanging on a clothes line image courtesy of digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Expecting parents image courtesy of Craftyjoe / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Share the Magic of Disney with Your Family

While you’re making New Year’s resolutions, make sure a summer vacation is on the list! Eating better and getting active are important goals, as so is enjoying time together as a family away from home. Danielle Wann, from Magical Memory Planners may be able to find that perfect Disney vacation for 2015. The quote is FREE!

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Grand Floridian Hotel

The water feature at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel

Guest Post by Danielle Wann, Travel Agent for ALL things Disney, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, All-inclusive resorts Sandals and Beaches.

There are many reasons people love living in Florida. Sandy beaches, warm winters and lots of attractions and activities.

I’m a 7th generation Floridian (which is rare) and I’ve recently moved out of the area, leaving my family behind. People always ask if I miss my family and I always reply that I do, but there is one thing I miss more …

Disney Dream

The Disney Dream

It’s Disney.

There is something about Disney that just brings a spark and magic to children of all ages and Florida residents gets extra pixie dust for just being neighbors to the mouse. Here are some of the advantageous deals currently available.

Let’s start with Walt Disney World tickets!

Disney's Port Orleans Hotel

Disney’s Port Orleans Hotel

The 3 day ticket is:
– Adults 10+: $179 + tax
– Children 3-9: $167 + tax

The 4 day ticket is:
– Adults 10+: $199 + tax
– Children 3-9: $187 + tax

(Both of these tickets options do have black out dates and an expiration date of 6 months from 1st day of use or December 17, 2015.)

Florida Resident Passes:
– Premium Annual: $644.33
– Annual: $516.53
– Seasonal: $339.74
– Weekday: $233.24
– Epcot after 4: $190.64

TIP: I would really evaluate how often you want to go before buying your passes. Passes can be upgraded once purchased if you start with the weekday and decide you want to add weekends or annual with parking. Parking is $17 a day, so if you go to the parks about 11 times a year or more then it would be financially beneficial for one person in your family to have the annual pass that includes free parking.

Keep in mind the blackout dates when choosing which pass works best for you.

Now, if you’re going to visit often or make a mini-vacation out of your tickets … you’ll want to stay the night. Currently Disney is offering up to 35% on their rooms, valid until March 25, 2015; however they almost always are running something special for residents and checking with your travel agent is the best bet in knowing when to go.

I also offer my clients off-site options. These options often include free breakfast, free transportation to the parks and free Gatorland tickets. If you need help deciding which option works best for you, contact me below through the quote link.

Disney Cruise Line has AMAZING rates for Florida residents and I’ve had clients sail for as little as $85 per person/per night. Here are the current deals they are offering.

7-Night Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral on the Disney Magic:
– Jan 18, 2015 starting at $110 per night for 2 guests
– February 8, 2015 starting at $90 per night for 2 guests
– February 22, 2015 starting at $90 per night for 2 guests
– March 1, 2015 starting at $90 per night for 2 guests
– March 8, 2015 starting at $110 per night for 2 guests

7-Night Eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral on the Disney Fantasy:
– February 28, 2015 starting at $130 per night for 2 guests in a VERANDAH room

TIP: these prices do not include the Taxes, fees and port expenses however when you add a 3rd or 4th passenger to the cabin, their price is always much lower than passenger 1 and 2, thus making the average per person lower than seen above.

I keep up-to-date information on Florida resident discounts and promos because I still have lots of friends and family in the area and well…I’m jealous of what I’m missing out on!
Being a travel agent with a focus on Disney gives me lots of insider information far ahead of when the mainstream market finds out, so I’ve always got the scoop. And I’m always FREE.

Click here for your FREE quote!

– Danielle is a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge and carries a CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) Card. She grew up visiting the Disney Parks and was an Annual Passholder for many years. Danielle has been on 3 Disney cruises and will complete 2 more in January 2015. Her concierge-like services are FREE and she is paid directly from the vendor upon booking.

Jolly Family image courtesy of imagerymajestic / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Grand Floridian Hotel and Disney Dream images courtesy of Magical Memory Planners

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