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Get Crafty at Michaels Weekly Kids Club Events + FREE Face Painting!

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 13, 20 & 27, 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, September 13: Team Spirit Pom Poms
– Saturday, September 20: Chenille Stem Picture Frame
– Saturday, September 27: Foam Leaves on Canvas

Michaels Kids Club September 2014 Calendar

EVEN BETTER! Kids can show their team spirit and get their faces painted for FREE when you attend a Kids Club event in September 2014. (Please, call your Michaels store to confirm they are participating.)

Address:
Find a Michaels store near you.

Michaels Kids Club: School Spirit Shaker image courtesy of Michaels Stores.

Bring the Kids for Fun and Games at the 2nd Annual Craft Show & Kids Fest at Brandon Moose Lodge

Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Location: Brandon Moose Lodge
Cost: FREE; Food, snow cones and other treats will be available for sale.
Register/Info: (813) 689-6043

What’s Doing?
Brandon Moose Lodge will hold their annual Fall Craft Show this weekend. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping. Plus, enjoy food, live music, and the Moose KIDsZone. There will be a face painter, crafts for the kids to make crafts, games and prizes.

Address:
Brandon Moose Lodge
804 South Miller Road
Valrico, FL 33594

RELATED LINKS:
1. Mommy & Me Morning at Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza
2. Macaroni Kid “Do Something Great” Day: Costume Swap/Sale & Donation Drive
3. DEAL: Discount “Sesame Street Live! Make A New Friend” Tickets on Groupon!

Leaf image courtesy of Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Jump for Epilepsy: A Danny Did Foundation FUNdraising Night at Airheads Tampa

DISCLAIMER: In return for helping to promote this event, I will receive a $50 Airheads gift card I can giveaway on this blog.

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Time: 6-9 p.m.
Date: Monday, September 29, 2014
Location: Airheads Tampa
Cost: $20 admission includes unlimited jumping during the event, grip socks, and a pass for a future visit.
Register/Info: (813) AIR-HEAD; RSVP for the event at Jump for Epilepsy on Facebook

What’s Doing?
Join the fun and help raise some funds for #TeamDannyDid and The Danny Did Foundation. Money raised during this family event will allow The Danny Did Foundation to provide EMFIT monitors to families to prevent SUDEP (Sudden Explained Death in Epilepsy) and offer money towards research to ultimately bring an end to epilepsy and deaths related to epilepsy.

The cost for this event includes unlimited jumping throughout the event, grip socks, and a FREE play pass so you can visit again on another date of your choice. There will also be several raffles, so bring some cash to purchase raffle tickets for $1 each or 3 for $5.

NOTE: Upon your arrival at Airheads, show this flyer image to the attendants to inform them that you are part of the Danny Did FUNdraiser night:

Jump for Epilepsy at Airheads Tampa Flyer

If you cannot make the event, but would like to make an online donation, visit the Team Danny Did fundraising page.

Address:
Airheads Trampoline Arena
5072 West Linebaugh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33624

Jump for Epilepsy at Airheads Tampa Flyer image courtesy of Run DMT and Airheads Trampoline Arena
Kids jumping image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

El Grito – Mexican Independence Day Celebration Features Bounce Houses, Mariachi Performers

Time: 3-10 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Location:
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 462-4007 or (727) 642-5686; Cleveland Street District Website

What’s Doing?
This FREE street festival celebrating Mexican Independence will include Bounce Houses for the kids, Mexican food, Mariachi performers, Hispanic Band, and Folkloric Dancing.

El Grito Logo

Address:
Cleveland Street District
Cleveland Street east of Missouri Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33756

RELATED LINKS:
1. McDonald’s of Tampa Bay Classroom FUNds Contest: Local Teachers Have a Chance to Win $1,000 in Funds for Their Classroom
2. DEAL: Discount “Sesame Street Live! Make A New Friend” Tickets on Groupon!
3. The Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles: Catch The Wiggles Postgame Concert!

El Grito Logo image courtesy of Cleveland Street District

Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup (Sept. 20)

Time: Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at your chosen location unless otherwise listed; Cleanup begins at 9 a.m.
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014; Registration form due by Friday, September 12, 2014
Location: You choose the cleanup site from the list
Cost: FREE to volunteer
Register/Info: (813) 221-8733; Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful website; Registration Form

What’s Doing?
Join in the effort to Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful by volunteering to help cleanup many of the waterways throughout Hillsborough county. Some include the Hillsborough River, Alafia River, Little Manatee River, Al Lopez Park, Courtney Campbell Causeway and numerous others. Volunteers are invited back to Whiskey Joe’s for the After Trash Beach Bash which includes live music, picnic lunch and activities from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Volunteers are welcome to enjoy this FREE after party to say thank you for all you do to Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful!

River Rat Photo Challenge!
river_rat_HRCCTerryKlaarenartTake a photo of you or your group in the most creative and funny way picking up litter. Upload your picture to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with #RiverRatChallenge and @KeepTBB for the chance to be named winner and receive an engraved River Rat trophy at the Annual Awards Breakfast in January 2015. Multiple entries are accepted.
Click here for the rules of the contest.

Even Better!
Looking to log some community service hours? This will help you while you are helping the environment.

Address:
Click here for the list of cleanup locations.

Man Cleaning Rubbish At Beach image courtesy of sixninepixels at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
River Rat image courtesy of keeptampabaybeautiful.org/images/HRCCTerryKlaarenart

McDonald’s of Tampa Bay Classroom FUNds Contest: Local Teachers Have a Chance to Win $1,000 in Funds for Their Classroom!

DISCLAIMER: I am not receiving any compensation in return for letting you know about this contest.

What’s Doing?
McDonald’s of Tampa Bay today announced the launch of the Classroom FUNds Contest to celebrate the back-to-school season and reward four local teachers who demonstrate exceptional efforts in furthering students’ education with a $1,000 prize for classroom supplies. The contest is open through September 19, 2014 to teachers with kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms across 13 counties* in Tampa Bay.

“We are very excited to host the first Classroom FUNds Contest as a way to shine a light on our extraordinary teachers and their involvement at their schools and committees,” said Bruce Reid, local McDonald’s owner/operator. “Oftentimes teachers invest their own dollars for school supplies, so this contest will help to provide much needed classroom supplies to teachers who go above and beyond keeping our students engaged and preparing them for a bright future.”

Eligible Tampa Bay teachers are invited to enter the contest by submitting a video, letter, art project – whatever it takes – to highlight how they are making an educational impact and what they would do with the $1,000 prize. There are four categories teachers may enter, including:
– Science/math
– Art
– Service-learning
– Literacy/language arts

All submissions can be emailed to McDContest@FKQ.com and are due by September 19, 2014.

A panel of judges will review the contest submissions, and the four winners will be selected based on their creativity and how the teacher is making a difference in their classroom.

Official Rules
Learn more about contest submissions, rules and the judging process: Read the Classroom FUNnds Contest official rules (Click on your McDonald’s location, then scroll down to and click on “Classroom FUNds Contest Guidelines” on the right-hand side of the homepage.)

NOTE: Submissions must be completed and received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, September 19, 2014.

* McDonald’s of Tampa Bay Classroom FUNds Contest is open to teachers with classrooms in Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter counties. No purchase is necessary. Contest entry is free, but submissions must be from a licensed teacher for grades kindergarten through eighth grade in one of the 13 Tampa Bay counties listed above.

School books, backpack and chalk board image courtesy of digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Tampa Museum of Art Celebrates Heroes with Military Appreciation Family Days

Celebrating Our Heroes LogoTime: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: Sunday, September 14, 2014
Location: Tampa Museum of Art
Cost: FREE admission to all military, veterans and their families.
Register/Info: (813) 274-8130; Tampa Museum of Art Website

What’s Doing?
The Tampa Museum of Art has announced their second 2014 installation of “Celebrating Our Heroes,” a series of special events throughout the year that recognize commitment to our country through Military Appreciation Days. On these special event days, the Museum will offer FREE admission to all military, veterans, and their families.

Families can enjoy STEAM-based children’s programming in which Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math come together in hands-on Design Challenge activities. In addition, there will be live entertainment, FREE café samplings, access to the Museum’s annual schedule of exhibitions, and more:
– 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Art Spot
– 12-4 p.m.: Design Challenge activities
– 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.: Drop-in tour
– 12-3 p.m.: Live music
Gallery activity cards
Sono Cafe samplings

Upcoming Military Appreciation Days 2014-2015:
– December 14:
Family Holiday/Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color
– March 8: Spring Fling/American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

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

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1. Join in the Fun at a FREE Allisongs for Tots (Music Together) Demo Class!
2. Tampa Bay Moms Blog Back-to-School Party at Life Time Athletic & Life Spa Tampa
3. Doc McStuffins Toy Clinic with Radio Disney at WestShore Plaza

Bunch of balloons image: Master isolated images / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Celebrating Our Heroes Logo image courtesy of Tampa Museum of Art

Mommy & Me Morning at Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza

Mother and daughter having funTime: 10-11 a.m.
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Location: Chick-fil-A at WestShore Plaza
Cost: The activities are FREE, you pay only for your food.
Register/Info: (813) 286-0534; Chick-fil-A WestShore Plaza Website

What’s Doing?
Treat your kids to a fun play date! Mingle with other moms while the kids participate in fun activities together.

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

Mom and daughter image courtesy of Jeanne Claire Maarbes / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Macaroni Kid “Do Something Great” Day: Costume Swap/Sale & Donation Drive

*** NEW LOCATION: Please note that the location for this event has changed due to rain. The event will still take place. ***

Trick-or-TreatersTime: 3-4 p.m. (For those who donate a costume) & 4-5 p.m. (general public)
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Location: NEW LOCATION: Kidz Galore & More
Cost: Costumes are FREE if you donated a costume, or $5 each after 4 p.m.
Register/Info: Macaroni Kid Brandon Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
From September 6-19, you can drop off your gently used/worn costumes with NO visible tears or stains at the locations below during regular business hours. We are accepting all costumes from Infant to Teen. If you are participating in the swap you will receive a ticket in exchange for your costume.

Then on Saturday, September 20 all ticket holders (3-4 p.m.) are invited to All Persons Playground for the “Do Something Great” Day: Costume Swap/Sale to pick out a new costume. From 4-5 p.m., the public is invited to purchase a costume for a $5 donation.

Drop Off Locations:
– Playtime (6124 N Us Highway 41, Apollo Beach, FL 33572)
– The Revolution Ice Cream Co. (220 West Brandon Blvd. #104, Brandon, FL 33511)

NOTE: If you are interested in donating costumes and are not able to make it to one of the drop-off locations during regular business hours, contact Catherine from Macaroni Kid Brandon at catherinef@macaronikid.com to make other arrangements.

All money raised and remaining costumes will be donated to A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay, Inc., a local non-profit organization in providing foster care and a loving home for abused, neglected, or abandoned children.

Donation Drive
In addition to the Costume Swap/Sale, Macaroni Kid Brandon is also collecting donations of needed items for A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay. Donations can be dropped off at the costume drop off locations, as well as a the costume swap event. Needed items include:
– Sippy cups
– Baby wipes
– Shampoo (for all ages)
– Toddler bibs (not tiny infant bibs)
– 13-gallon kitchen trash bags

Costume Swap Flyer

Address:
NEW LOCATION:
Kidz Galore & More
9435 Highway 301 South
Riverview, FL 33578

Funny Cartoon Halloween Set image courtesy of AKARAKINGDOMS at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Trick-or-treat image courtesy of debspoons / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Costume Swap Flyer image courtesy of Macaroni Kid Brandon

Weekend Roundup for Sept. 5-7, 2014

Don’t miss any of the fun family events taking place around the Tampa Bay area this weekend! Below is a brief overview of what’s happening with links to more event information:

Friday, September 5, 2014:
– Fun with Eric Carle at Gymboree Stores. More info.
– Frozen Panini Sticker Trading Party at Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park. More info.

Saturday, September 6, 2014:
– Be Inspired! Make-and-Take Saturday Art Activities at the Museum of Fine Arts + Family Yoga. More info.
– YMCA of the Suncoast Kids Fishing Festival (Reg. req.). More info.
– Catch a Showing of Disney’s “Frozen” at This Month’s Dive-in Movie! More info.
– Grandparents Day story time events at local Barnes & Noble stores. More info.
– Sand Play at Book Swap of Carrollwood. More info.
– First Saturday Celebration at Hillsborough County Animal Services. More info.
– Curious George Story Time + Character Visit. More info.

Sunday, September 7, 2014:
– The Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles: Catch The Wiggles Postgame Concert! More info.
– Enjoy FREE Admission to Forida State Parks on Literacy Day. More info.
– Magical Memories PJ Library Kick-off Event. More info.
– Join in the Fun at a FREE Allisongs for Tots (Music Together) Demo Class! More Info.

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ALL WEEKEND
– Swaptember 2014. More info.
– Great Explorations Celebrates Grandparents Day with a Gift Tent. More info.
– BOGO 50% Off Old McMicky’s Farm. More info.
– DEAL: Get Discount “Sesame Street Live! Make A New Friend” Tickets on Groupon. More info.

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Home Depot Sept. Kids Workshop: Wizard of Oz Birdhouse

Build a Wizard of Oz™ Birdhouse at this month’s Home Depot FREE Kids Workshop (Sept. 6)

ONGOING EVENTS
– Kid’s Corner Story Time at Chick-fil-A in Tyrone Mall (Friday; Activity is FREE, you pay only for your food) More info.

– Sunsets at Pier 60: Sunset Theatre (Friday & Saturday; FREE) More info.

– Home Depot FREE Monthly Kids Workshop: Build a Wizard of Oz™ Birdhouse (Saturday; FREE) More info.

– Michaels Kids Club Craft: School Spirit Shaker (Saturday; $2 sign up req.) More info.

Lakeshore Learning Store Sept. 6 FREE Kids Craft

Make an owl pencil holder this week at Lakeshore Learning Store’s FREE weekly kids craft.


– FREE Jr. Chef Class: Fresh Pasta (Age 9-13) at Williams-Sonoma (Saturday; FREE Reg. Req.) More info.

– The Art Spot at the Tampa Museum of Art (Saturday; FREE) More info.

– Lakeshore Learning Store In-Store Craft: Owl Pencil Holder (Saturday; FREE) More info.

– Dillydally with Dali (Saturday; FREE) More info.

– FREE Tampa Bay Water Ski Show at Tower Lake: Patriot Show for 9/11 (Saturday; FREE) More info.

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Calendar image courtesy of BrandonSigma / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Wizard of Oz™ Birdhouse image courtesy of The Home Depot U.S.A. Inc.
Owl Pencil Holder FREE Kids Craft image courtesy of Lakeshore Learning Materials

 
 

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