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Celebrate IHOP’s 56th Anniversary with 56 Cent Pancakes!

PancakesTime: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Location: Participating IHOP Restaurant Locations
Cost: 56 Cent Original Buttermilk Pancake Short Stack (3 pancakes) per person.
Register/Info: IHOP Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
In honor of the restaurants 56th Anniversary, participating IHOP restaurants will be celebrating by rolling back the price of their famous Original Buttermilk Pancake Short Stacks to a mere 56¢!

This offer is valid at participating IHOP Restaurant locations only. Not valid with coupons or any other discounts. Dine-in only. One 56¢ Original Buttermilk Short Stack (3 Pancakes) per Guest.

Address:
Find an IHOP restaurant near you.

RELATED LINKS:
1. FREE (Or Almost FREE) Crafts for Kids: July 2014
2. Bring the Kids for Crafts and Fun at WestShore Plaza’s Crazy Craft Day
3. Get Your Cow Costume Ready: Cow Appreciation Day is July 11, 2014!

IHOP 56th Anniversary Anniversary image courtesy of IHOP IP, LLC
A Pile Of Pancakes image courtesy of Grant Cochrane / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Thank you to WDTB reader Colleen M. for letting me know about this event!

FREE (Or Almost FREE) Crafts for Kids: July 2014

Abstract Painting (cropped)Kids 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!

*** Throughout the month, as I find more free or cheap events that include craft activities for kids, I will add them to this list. Please check back periodically to see what might have been added, so you don’t miss anything. Thank you! ***

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Michaels_Passport_To_Imagination_2014Michaels Passport to Imagination WEEK 3: Pima Air & Space Museum
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Monday, June 30 2014; Wednesday, July 2, 2014 & Friday, July 4, 2014
Location: Participating Michaels stores
Cost: The 2-hour crafting adventures are just $2/session for children age 5+ (Registration is required; See a store associate to register)
Register/Info: Call your Michaels store for more details; Michaels Website

NOTE: We strongly advise that you call ahead to your store to be certain they are participating before heading out with the kids.

What’s Doing?
The thirs dtop on Michaels Passport to Imagination 2014 will be PIMA Air & Space Museum (Tuscon, AZ), which contains some of the most amazing aircraft in the history of flight, as well as the third largest aviation collection in the U.S. Just $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid to create his/her masterpiece. Kids Club craft sessions begin every half hour from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Click here to see the entire Michaels Passport to Imagination Itinerary.

Address:
Locate a Michael’s store near you.

Michaels Passport to Imagination image courtesy of Michaels website

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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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LEGO Build and Contest
Time:
1-2 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, July 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2014
Location: Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Cost: FREE (Registration is required. Call the store to register.)
Register/Info: (813) 926-9380; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Website; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids to build with LEGO blocks. There will be a prize for the best creation of the day.

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

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*** NOTE: The activity that accompanies the story may NOT be a craft. ***

Book Time @ Brooker Creek
Time:
10:30-11:15 a.m.
Date: Thursday, July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2014
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 – 2014 Online Registration Page

What’s Doing?
Bring your pre-schooler (age 3-5) to a program designed to connect them to the wonders of the natural world. Each program begins with a story and continues with a book-related craft, game or other hands-on activity.

Check out what books are coming up:
– Thursday, July 3: Butterflies by Karen Shapire
– Thursday, July 10: Rabbits and Raindrops by Jim Armosky
– Thursday, July 17: One Tiny Turtle by Karen Wallace
– Thursday, July 24: Take the Tadpole by Karen Wallace
– Thursday, July 31: Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle

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

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Art Class
Time:
See schedule below
Date: See schedule below
Location: Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Cost: Varies (See schedule below.)
Register/Info: (813) 926-9380; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Website; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the to art class at Learning Express Toys in Westfield Citrus Park Mall.
– Thursday, July 3 (1-2 p.m.): Decorate a Sports Bottle ($5/child; Registration is required)
– Sunday, July 6 (1-2 p.m.): Sticky Mosaics & Sparkle Ups (FREE; Registration is required)
– Monday, July 7 (2-3 p.m.): Weaving (FREE, Registration is required)
– Tuesday, July 8 (1-2 p.m.): Foil Art ($3/child; Registration is required)
– Monday, July 14 (2-3 p.m.): Tissue Art (FREE; Registration is required)
– Tuesday, July 15 (1-2 p.m.): Sand Art ($5/child; Registration is required)
– Friday, July 18 (2-3 p.m.): Jewelry Making (FREE; Registration is required)
– Tuesday, July 22 (1-2 p.m.): Sand Art ($5/child; Registration is required)
– Tuesday, July 29 (1-2 p.m.): Decorate a Sports Bottle ($5/child; Registration is required)

Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park July 2014 Activities Calendar

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

July 2014 Activities Calendar image courtesy of Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park

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Family Night: Cow Costume Prep
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Date: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Location: Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza
Cost: The activities are FREE, you pay only for your food.
Register/info: (813) 286-0534; Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza Facebook Page (See their June 24 post.)

What’s Doing?
Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza will host a special Cow Appreciation Day Family Night on Thursday July 3. Bring the whole family; Chick-fil-A will bring the supplies! At this special Family Night, you can work on creating your Cow Appreciation Day costume and spend time with the Cow! Join the fun between 5-7 p.m. and all kids will receive a FREE sundae!

Address:
Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza
241-A Westshore Plaza
Tampa, FL 33609

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asterikDID YOU KNOW? Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park and Learning Express Toys of Hyde Park offer a several FREE Rainbow Loom classes each week. Check their sites for dates and times, and call to sign your child up!

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Kid’s Corner Story Time
Time:
10:45 a.m.
Date: Friday, July 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2014
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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Home Depot Kids Workshop
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014 (This event takes place on the first Saturday of every month)
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, July 5: Build a Bug House

Address:
Locate a Home Depot store near you.

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Michaels Kids Club
Time:
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2014 & Saturday, August 2, 2014
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, July 5: Summer Ice Cream Fun Powered by Perler®
– Saturday, July 12: Summer Souvenir Chest
– Saturday, July 19: Fun Bug Display Mount
– Saturday, July 26: Summer Wildfower Canvas Painting
– Saturday, August 2: Summer Keychain and Bracelet

July 2014 Kids Club Activities
July 2014 Kids Club Activities

Address:
Find a Michaels store near you.

Michaels July 2014 Kids Club Activities images courtesy of Michaels Stores

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The Art Spot
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2014
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: 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, July 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2014
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, July 5: Silly Summer Cap
— Saturday, July 12: Count and Decorate Octopus
– Saturday, July 19: Wiggly-eyed Glitter Fish
– Saturday, July 26: Make and Shake Noisemaker

Plan Ahead:
— Saturday, August 2: You Name It! Door Hanger
— Saturday, August 9: Summer Spinning Top
— Saturday, August 16: Blooming Numbers Garden
— Saturday, August 23: Silly Face Magnetic Note Holder
— Saturday, August 30: Whimsical Wind Catcher

Lakeshore Learning Store July August Crafts

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

Lakeshore Learning Store July August Crafts images courtesy of Lakeshore Learning Materials

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Dillydally with Dali
Time: 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 5, 12, 19, July 26, 2014 & Saturday, August 2, 2014
Location: The Dali Museum (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; The Dali Museum Calendar of Events

What’s Doing?
Children will discover the creative world of Dali through games, puzzles, and arts/crafts activities that educate and encourage family interaction.

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

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The Artful Scientist
Time: 2-2:45 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Location: Countryside Library
Cost: FREE for these activities in the classroom; Regular admission applies if you want to explore the museum
Register/Info: (727) 562-4970; Clearwater Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
Make a craft while learning fun facts about science. From magnets to electricity this is geared for upper elementary aged children.

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

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National Donut Day Celebration
Time:
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Friday, June 6, 2014
Location: Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 926-9380; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Website; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids and celebrate National Donut Day at Learning Express Toys! At 11 a.m. kids will enjoy a donut-themed craft, game and of course yummy … DONUTS!

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

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FREE Story Time
Time: 10 a.m.
Date: Monday, July 7, 2014
Location: Nature’s Food Patch
Cost: The activities are FREE. Menu items and Usborne Books will be available for purchase.
Info: Usborne Book Buddy Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Join in the fun at this FREE family story time with Music & Me, LLC on the first Monday of every month! This month story time will feature an Under the Sea theme with stories, songs and a craft.

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

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Create Club
Time: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Monday, July 7, 14, 21 & 28 2014
Location: East Library
Cost: FREE for these activities in the classroom; Regular admission applies if you want to explore the museum
Register/Info: (727) 562-4970; Clearwater Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
(All ages) Bring the kids to create with Lego/Duplos, Mr. Potato Head, and Play-Doh.

Address:
East Library
2251 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 33765

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Michaels_Passport_To_Imagination_2014Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 4: Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Monday, July 7, 2014; Wednesday, July 9, 2014 & Friday, July 11, 2014
Location: Participating Michaels stores
Cost: The 2-hour crafting adventures are just $2/session for children age 5+ (Registration is required; See a store associate to register)
Register/Info: Call your Michaels store for more details; Michaels Website

NOTE: We strongly advise that you call ahead to your store to be certain they are participating before heading out with the kids.

What’s Doing?
The fourth stop on this year’s Passport to Adventure will be the Perot Museum of Nature and Science (Dallas, TX), which inspires minds through a world of hands-on learning, fun and concepts in science, math and technology. Just $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid to create his/her masterpiece. Kids Club craft sessions begin every half hour from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Click here to see the entire Michaels Passport to Imagination Itinerary.

Address:
Locate a Michael’s store near you.

Michaels Passport to Imagination image courtesy of Michaels

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EZ Paint Play Days
Time:
11 a.m.
Date: Tuesday, July 8, 15 & 22, 2014
Location: Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Cost: FREE (Registration is required. Call the store to register.)
Register/Info: (813) 926-9380; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Website; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
EZpaint is a no mess painting activity for all ages that uses non-toxic, washable paint.
– Tuesday, July 8 (11 a.m.): Peppa Pig
– Tuesday, July 15 (11 a.m.): Frozen
– Tuesday, July 22 (11 a.m.): Pirate

Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park July 2014 Activities Calendar

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

July 2014 Activities Calendar image courtesy of Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park

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Whole Foods Market Kids Club: Cherry Fest
Time:
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Location: Whole Foods Market Carrollwood
Cost: $5 donation to Whole Kids Foundation. (Registration is required.)
Register/Info: (813) 264-3600; Whole Foods Market Carrollwood Website; KID’S CLUB: Be a Bizzzzzy Bee Online Registration Page

What’s Doing?
(Ages 5+) Celebrate Cherry Fest with us and taste just how sweet summer can be! Learn fun facts about these tasty stone fruits, while making your very own cherry blossom tree picture.

NOTE: When registering, only register the number of children attending. Adults do not need to be included in the number of tickets. Once the class is full, please contact Customer Service at (813) 264-3600 to be placed on the wait list.

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

Whole Foods Market Kids Club Logo courtesy of Whole Foods Market Carrollwood

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Family Night: Cow Appreciation Prep Night
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Location: Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza
Cost: The activities are FREE, you pay only for your food.
Register/info: (727) 398-0777; Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza Facebook Page (See their calendar posted on June 26.)

What’s Doing?
Bring the family for dinner and make cow masks and signs to wear on Cow Appreciation Day!

Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza July Activities Calendar

Address:
Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza
10790 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL 33772

July Activities Calendar image courtesy of Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza

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Story Hour Fridays
Time:
10:30 a.m.
Date: Friday, July 11, 18 & 25, 2014
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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Make-and-Take Crafts
Time:
2-4 p.m.
Date: Friday, July 11, 18 & 25, 2014
Location: Dunedin Public Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 298-3080; City of Dunedin, FL Website

What’s Doing?
(All ages) Stop in the Youth Department on Fridays anytime between 2 – 4 pm, to make the special weekly make and take craft.

Address:
Dunedin Public Library
223 Douglas Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698

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Turbo Pull-Back ToyLowe’s Build and Grow Clinics
Time: 10 a.m.
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Location: All Lowe’s Stores
Cost: FREE, but registration is required
Register/Info: Register online at Lowe’s Build-and-Grow

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 each time they attend a Build & Grow Clinic. Upon completing each project, your child will receive a certificate and an embroidered patch to add to their apron.
— Saturday, June 14: Build a Turbo with Pull-back Motor – Bring the kids to Lowe’s to build a cool pull-back toy inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo.

Address:
Locate a Lowe’s store near you.

Lowe’s Build & Grown July 2014 Build & Grow image courtesy of Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

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Crazy Craft Day
Time: 12-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Location: WestShore Plaza Center Court
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 286-0790; WestShore Plaza Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids for a fun afternoon with treats, prizes, entertainment and crafts in Center Court.

Crazy Craft Day Flyer

Address:
WestShore Plaza
250 WestShore Plaza
Tampa, FL 33609

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Time: 2-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Location: Participating Jo-Ann Fabrics stores
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: Jo-Ann Fabrics Website

What’s Doing?
Enjoy a fun, FREE craft on select Saturdays at your local Jo-Ann Fabrics store. In July, kids can make a Make-a-Face Paper Fan.

Jo-Ann Fabrics July Make-it Take-it In-storeEvent Banner

Address:
Find a Jo-Ann Fabrics store near you.

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Michaels_Passport_To_Imagination_2014Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 5: Denver Art Museum
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Monday, July 14, 2014; Wednesday, July 16, 2014 & Friday, July 18, 2014
Location: Participating Michaels stores
Cost: The 2-hour crafting adventures are just $2/session for children age 5+ (Registration is required; See a store associate to register)
Register/Info: Call your Michaels store for more details; Michaels Website

NOTE: We strongly advise that you call ahead to your store to be certain they are participating before heading out with the kids.

What’s Doing?
The fifth stop on this year’s Passport to Adventure will be the Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO), which features more than 70,000 pieces ranging from ancient to modern times. Just $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid to create his/her masterpiece. Kids Club craft sessions begin every half hour from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Click here to see the entire Michaels Passport to Imagination Itinerary.

Address:
Locate a Michael’s store near you.

Michaels Passport to Imagination image courtesy of Michaels

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Family Night: Beach Night
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Location: Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza
Cost: The activities are FREE, you pay only for your food.
Register/info: (727) 398-0777; Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza Facebook Page (See their calendar posted on June 26.)

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids to make a jellyfish craft. There will also be balloons with Marj!

Address:
Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza
10790 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL 33772

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DIY Day: Paracord Bracelet
Time:
1-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Location: Participating Michaels stores
Cost: You will need to purchase the supplies for this craft before the event.
Register/Info: Sign up in the store with a Sales Associate; Michaels Website

What’s Doing?
Learn to make accessories with paracord. Simply purchase your supplies and join others in the classroom for this DIY Day Paracord Bracelet Event.

Even Better! The first 30 attendees get a FREE buckle.

Address:
Find a Michaels store near you.

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Michaels_Passport_To_Imagination_2014Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 6: The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Monday, July 21, 2014; Wednesday, July 23, 2014 & Friday, July 25, 2014
Location: Participating Michaels stores
Cost: The 2-hour crafting adventures are just $2/session for children age 5+ (Registration is required; See a store associate to register)
Register/Info: Call your Michaels store for more details; Michaels Website

NOTE: We strongly advise that you call ahead to your store to be certain they are participating before heading out with the kids.

What’s Doing?
The sixth stop on this year’s Passport to Adventure will be The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, NY), where you can learn about past, present and future fashion trends, accessories and textiles. Just $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid to create his/her masterpiece. Kids Club craft sessions begin every half hour from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Click here to see the entire Michaels Passport to Imagination Itinerary.

Address:
Locate a Michael’s store near you.

Michaels Passport to Imagination image courtesy of Michaels

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Michaels_Passport_To_Imagination_2014Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 7: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Monday, July 21, 2014; Wednesday, July 23, 2014 & Friday, July 25, 2014
Location: Participating Michaels stores
Cost: The 2-hour crafting adventures are just $2/session for children age 5+ (Registration is required; See a store associate to register)
Register/Info: Call your Michaels store for more details; Michaels Website

NOTE: We strongly advise that you call ahead to your store to be certain they are participating before heading out with the kids.

What’s Doing?
The last stop on this year’s Passport to Adventure will be the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montréal, Québec), which has a collection of almost 36,000 pieces including paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, photos and more. Just $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid to create his/her masterpiece. Kids Club craft sessions begin every half hour from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Click here to see the entire Michaels Passport to Imagination Itinerary.

Address:
Locate a Michael’s store near you.

Michaels Passport to Imagination image courtesy of Michaels

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Family Night: Home Depot Night
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Location: Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza
Cost: The activities are FREE, you pay only for your food.
Register/info: (727) 398-0777; Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza Facebook Page (See their calendar posted on June 26.)

What’s Doing?
Tonight, families can enjoy a Home Depot craft, as well as balloons and magic with Joey.

Address:
Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza
10790 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL 33772

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Summer Art Afternoon
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Location: Countryside Library
Cost: FREE for these activities in the classroom; Regular admission applies if you want to explore the museum
Register/Info: (727) 562-4970; Clearwater Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
Make crafts with Miss Jill.

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

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Family Night: Firework Painting Night
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Location: Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza
Cost: The activities are FREE, you pay only for your food.
Register/info: (727) 398-0777; Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza Facebook Page (See their calendar posted on June 26.)

What’s Doing?
Bring the family for dinner and fireworks painting!

Address:
Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza
10790 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL 33772

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Leap Into Art @ Leepa-Rattner
Time:
3-4 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Location: Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
Cost: The program is FREE for children and museum members, and $6 for others includes admission to the museum
Register/Info: (727) 712-5762; Palm Harbor Library Website

What’s Doing?
(Ages 3+) Join Ms. Marisa for “Imagining Your World” at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art’s Interactive Gallery. Enjoy an hour of art-related stories and an art activity.

Address:
Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
600 Klosterman Road (On the St. Petersburg College campus)
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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Frozen Finale Sing-Along
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Location: East Library
Cost: FREE for these activities in the classroom; Regular admission applies if you want to explore the museum
Register/Info: (727) 562-4970; Clearwater Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
Celebrate the end of summer with all things Frozen. Watch and sing-along to the Disney movie Frozen, enjoy Frozen-inspired crafts and games, and there may even be an icy treat, too.

Address:
East Library
2251 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 33765

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RELATED LINKS:
1. Get Your Cow Costume Ready: Cow Appreciation Day is July 11, 2014!
2. FREE (Or Really Cheap) Family Movies + AMC Sensory-friendly Film: July 2014

Colored Pencils image courtesy of adamr / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Paint Splatter image: bearvader / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Bring the Kids for Crafts and Fun at WestShore Plaza’s Crazy Craft Day

Time: 12-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Location: WestShore Plaza Center Court
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 286-0790; WestShore Plaza Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids for a fun afternoon with treats, prizes, entertainment and crafts in Center Court.

Crazy Craft Day Flyer

Address:
WestShore Plaza
250 WestShore Plaza
Tampa, FL 33609

RELATED LINKS:
1. Get Your Cow Costume Ready: Cow Appreciation Day is July 11, 2014!
2. The Skills Center & Bright House present …Tampa Bay Youth Sports Expo
3. Go Kids! Boyd Hill Obstacle Course Race: Get Kids Unplugged and Having Fun

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Crazy Craft Day Flyer image courtesy of WestShore Plaza/Glimcher Realty Trust and Connect!Kids

TODAY! Luau Day and a Visit from OLAF at Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park

Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, June 28, 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?
Bring the kids for this summer-themed Luau Day featuring a Sands Alive demo, games and crafts. There will even be a surprise visit from OLAF!

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

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Get Your Cow Costume Ready: Cow Appreciation Day is July 11, 2014!

Time: During business hours
Date: Friday, July 11, 2014
Location: Your local Chick-fil-A resturant
Cost: Dress in cow attire to receive a FREE meal. Dress in partial cow attire to receive a FREE entrèe.
Register/Info: Chick-fil-A website

What’s Doing?
It’s that time of year again! Be the best dressed cow in town!
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Even Better! Some Chick-fil-A locations will be hosting events to help families get their costume together for the big day. Check with your favorite Chick-fil-A restaurant to find out what’s coming up. A couple events I know about are listed below.

Address:
Locate a Chick-fil-A resturant near you!

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COW APPRECIATION PREP NIGHTS
* If your Chick-fil-A restaurant is hosting a special Cow Appreciation Prep Night, please let others know about it by posting a comment below. Thank you for sharing!

Chick-fil-A Cow "Dress Like Me - Git Chikin Free"

Family Night: Cow Costume Prep
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Date: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Location: Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza
Cost: The activities are FREE, you pay only for your food.
Register/info: (813) 286-0534; Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza Facebook Page (See their June 24 post.)

What’s Doing?
Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza will host a special Cow Appreciation Day Family Night on Thursday July 3. Bring the whole family; Chick-fil-A will bring the supplies! At this special Family Night, you can work on creating your Cow Appreciation Day costume and spend time with the Cow! Join the fun between 5-7 p.m. and all kids will receive a FREE sundae!

Address:
Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza
241-A Westshore Plaza
Tampa, FL 33609

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Family Night: Cow Appreciation Prep Night
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Location: Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza
Cost: The activities are FREE, you pay only for your food.
Register/info: (727) 398-0777; Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza Facebook Page (See their calendar posted on June 26.)

What’s Doing?
Bring the family for dinner and make cow masks and signs to wear on Cow Appreciation Day!

Address:
Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza
10790 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL 33772

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RELATED LINKS:
1. FREE fish and fries at Long John Silvers
2. The Skills Center & Bright House present …Tampa Bay Youth Sports Expo
3. FREE Summer Fun: Character Meet-and-Greets at Westfield Malls
4. Check out the What’s Doing? Tampa Bay calendar for even more events!

Chick-fil-A Cow images courtesy of CFA Properties, Inc.

The Skills Center & Bright House present …Tampa Bay Youth Sports Expo

Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Location: Tampa Convention Center
Cost: Individual Tickets (player and adult tickets; Full access into the Expo): $10 if purchased online by July 18, or $15 at the venue; FREE admission for children 5 and under. Specialty Clinic: The John Henson Experience is an additional $25/person in advance, or $35/day of event. (Please refer to the TBYSE website for complete details and Expo ticket information)
Register/Info: (813) 703-1324; Tampa Bay Youth Sports Expo Website

What’s Doing?
The Tampa Bay Youth Sport Expo (TBYSE) is a positive one-day sport-based youth development event that encourages youth sport teams participation and creates a positive fun learning environment for all, and consists of four components:
– Interactive Skills Zones
– Educational Workshops
– Presentations & Awards
– Exhibit Display Area

Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with professional athletes, top ranked trainers, and youth sport experts; participate in sport skills clinics; attend educational workshops; and sample sports products/services.

The Expo is for players ages 6-18, parents, coaches and program administrators.

Tampa Bay Youth Sports Expo Flyer

Address:
Tampa Convention Center
333 South Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602

RELATED LINKS:
1. Go Kids! Boyd Hill Obstacle Course Race: Get Kids Unplugged and Having Fun
2. FREE Story Time with Mr. Teng at Bamboozle Tea Lounge
3. Star Wars Night with the Tampa Yankees: Dress Like a Star Wars Character for FREE Admission!

Baseball And Glove image courtesy of Gualberto107 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Tampa Bay Youth Sports Expo Flyer image courtesy of TBYSE, The Skills Center Tampa, and Bright House

Thanks to Celeste Roberts from The Skills Center Tampa for letting me know about this event!

FREE Fish and Fries at Long John Silvers

Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Location: Participating Long John Silver’s Restaurants
Cost: FREE qualifying purchase (While supplies last. Offer does not include Cod and Catfish.)
Register/Info: Long John Silver’s Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids for a FREE lunch of fish and fries at your local Long John Silver’s.

Long John Silver's FREE Fish and Fries Flyer

Address:
Find a Long John Silver’s near you.

Fish Jumping a Wave image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Long John Silver’s FREE Fish and Fries Flyer image courtesy of Long John Silver’s, LLC

1st Annual Trains and Miniatures Extravaganza

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Sunday, June 29, 2014
Location: St. Petersburg Woman’s Club
Cost: $3/person, FREE for children age 12 and younger with paid adult (Proceeds to benefit the Historical Building Preservation Fund.)
Register/Info: (727) 823-9258; St. Petersburg Woman’s Club Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
The St. Petersburg Woman’s Club invites everyone to experience this delightful full-day event with trains and collectibles from around the country. See the LEGO® town with LEGO® train running around it, and a breathtaking dollhouse mansion. Find the perfect collectibles for your own dollhouse or that train car you have always dreamed about, and learn more about St. Petersburg Woman’s Club.

Address:
St. Petersburg Woman’s Club
40 Snell Isle Boulevard NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

RELATED LINKS:
1. New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center Family Social
2. July 4th Celebrations in Tampa Bay!
3. Go Kids! Boyd Hill Obstacle Course Race: Get Kids Unplugged and Having Fun

Train image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Cupcake Story Time with Cupcake Decorating … Sweet!

Time: 11 a.m.
Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
Location: Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Cost: FREE (This event does not require reservations.)
Register/Info: (813) 926-9380; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the little ones for an in-store story time. After story time, participants will enjoy a craft and cupcake decorating.

Cupcake Story Time Flyer

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

RELATED LINKS:
1. FREE Transformers Build & Demo at Toys “R” Us
2. FREE Summer Fun: Character Meet-and-Greets at Westfield Malls
3. Give Bees a Chance Scavenger Hunt & $20 Whole Foods Market Gift Card Giveaway

Strawberry Cup Cake image courtesy of piyato / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Cupcake Story Time Flyer image courtesy of Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park

Star Wars Night with the Tampa Yankees: Dress Like a Star Wars Character for FREE Admission!

Time: Gates open at 5 p.m.; Game begins at 6 p.m.
Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Location: George M. Steinbrenner Field
Cost: Admission is FREE for those in Star Wars costume. Those not in Star Wars dress can purchase tickets at the box office. (Ticket prices start at $4 for General Admission and $6 for Reserved Seating.)
Register/Info: (813) 673-3055; Tampa Yankees Website

What’s Doing?
Dress like a Star Wars character for FREE admission to the Tampa Yankees game against the Dunedin Blue Jays. Those not in Star Wars dress can purchase tickets at the box office. (Ticket prices start at $4 for General Admission and $6 for Reserved Seating)

Even Better! The first 600 fans to arrive will also receive a FREE light saber.

Before the game kids will have the opportunity to run the bases from 5-5:15 pm, player autographs will be available on the concourse from 5:10-5:30 p.m., and there will be a face painter on the concourse from 5-7 p.m.

During the game fans will also have the opportunity to meet Darth Vader and get their pictures taken with him.

Star Wars Night with the Tampa Yankees  Flyer

Address:
George M. Steinbrenner Field
1 Steinbrenner Drive
Tampa, FL 33614

RELATED LINKS:
1. FREE Transformers Build & Demo at Toys “R” Us
2. FREE Chevy Youth Baseball Instructional Clinics
3. FREE (Or Really Cheap) Family Movies + AMC Sensory-friendly Film: June 2014

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Star Wars Night with the Tampa Yankees Flyer image courtesy of the Tampa Yankees / Minor League Baseball

 
 

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