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Storytelling Workshops Prepare Young Storytellers for the 34th Annual Storytelling Festival

Storytelling Workshop
Time:
4-5 p.m.
Date: February 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2014 & March
Location: Town ‘N Country Regional Public Library
Cost: FREE (Registration is required)
Register/Info: (813) 273-3652; Hillsborough County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
Young people in grades K-12 interested in performing at the 34th Annual Storytelling Festival on April 26, 2014 should attend this series of workshops to learn how to be a festival-quality storyteller.

Address:
Town ‘N Country Regional Public Library
7606 Paula Drive
Tampa, FL 33615

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Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival Castle Image34th Annual Storytelling Festival
Time: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Location: Hillsborough High School
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 813-931-2166; Tampa/Hillsborough Storytelling Festival Website

What’s Doing?
This year’s event will feature nationally known, award-winning Storyteller Michael Parent, will entertain you with stories from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. You will also find:
— Youth storytellers
— Local and regional adult storytellers
— Strolling entertainers
— Storybook Character Parade
— Story craft area
— Book fair
— Tampa Food truck rally

Additionally, Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth will perform one of their classic fairy tales, and the Krewe from Blackbeard’s Revenge will be on hand with their large pirate ship. Kids will have an opportunity to make their very own pirate hat at the make-and-take story craft area.

Address:
Hillsborough High School
5000 North Central Avenue
Tampa, FL 33603

RELATED LINKS:
1. Free Parents’ Night Out Courtesy of My Gym and Olive Garden
2. PARENT WORKSHOP: Peaceful and Powerful Parenting
3. Find More Kid-friendly Family Events on the WDTB Calendar

Castle image courtesy of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival

Tampa Museum of Art Presents Military Appreciation Day

Celebrating Our Heroes LogoTime: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014
Location: Tampa Museum of Art
Cost: FREE admission for active duty military, reservists, veterans, and their families with I.D.; Pay for parking in the nearby Poe Parking Garage
Register/Info: (813) 274-8130; Tampa Museum of Art Website

What’s Doing?
For one special day, all active duty military, reservists, veterans, and their families (with I.D.) will receive FREE admission to the Tampa Museum of Art. Enjoy the art, as well as additional family activities, including:
— Live music
— Scavenger hunts
— Hot cocoa tastings
— Drop-in children’s art activities (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
— Docent tour (1 p.m.)

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

RELATED LINKS:
1. Free Parents’ Night Out Courtesy of My Gym and Olive Garden
2. PARENT WORKSHOP: Peaceful and Powerful Parenting
3. Characters, Crafts & Stories at Barnes & Noble Stores in February 2014

Red ribbon image courtesy of digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Celebrating Our Heroes Logo image courtesy of Tampa Museum of Art

Sing-along With Frozen at Movie Theaters

What’s Doing?
Disney has released a special sing-along version of the movie Frozen! The new version, which was released in 1,000 theaters nationwide on January 31, 2014, features on-screen lyrics with a bouncing snowflake to help viewers follow along.

This interactive movie version is currently being shown at Cobb and Muvico Theaters. Other theaters may also be showing this new sing-along version of Frozen, so be sure to check with your favorite movie theater.

Music image courtesy of digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Frozen Sing-along icon courtesy of Disney and Cobb Theaters

See Monster Truck Captain America Up Close

Monster Truck Captain America

Monster Truck Captain America

Time: 2-6 p.m.
Date: Friday, January 31, 2014
Location: Metro PCS
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: Monster Jam Website

What’s Doing?
See an enormous trucks up-close, take pictures, and meet the driver of Monster Jam truck Captain America when it’s on display this Friday in New Port Richey, FL. This special opportunity takes place in advance of the Monster Jam show on Saturday, February 1 at 7 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium.

Additionally, fans can see Stone Crusher on display at AutoNation Ford of Bradenton (5325 14th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34207) on Thursday, January 30 from 2-6 p.m.

Address:
Metro PCS
9133 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34668

RELATED LINKS:
1. Join the Fun on TiViTz Tuesdays at Tampa Bay Area McDonald’s (February-April 2014)
2. Enjoy a Day of Clown Antics, Face Painting & Balloons at Florida Clown Day

Monster Truck Captain America and Stone Crusher images provided by HarmonTampa

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Book Bash

Time: 11 a.m.
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014
Location: St. Petersburg Main Public Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: St. Petersburg Public Library Youth Services Web Page

What’s Doing?
Join friends for some Thomas the Train-themed fun! There will be games, prizes and crafts for the kids to enjoy.

Address:
St. Petersburg Main Public Library
3745 9th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

RELATED LINKS:
1. Enjoy a Day of Clown Antics, Face Painting & Balloons at Florida Clown Day 2014
2. FREE Parents’ Night Out Courtesy of My Gym and Olive Garden
3. Find More Kid-friendly Family Events on the WDTB Calendar

Stack of toppling books image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Enjoy a Day of Clown Antics, Face Painting & Balloons at Florida Clown Day 2014

Florida Clown Day 2014 FlyerTime: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014
Location: Lakewood United Methodist Church
Cost: FREE; Food/drinks available for purchase from vendors
Info: (727) 489-9960; Uptown Clowns of Largo Website

What’s Doing?
Clown around! Bring the kids out for a day of clown antics, FREE face painting, and FREE balloons animals.

Address:
Lakewood United Methodist Church
5995 Dr. Martin Luther King Street
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

RELATED LINKS:
1. Characters, Crafts & Stories at Barnes & Noble Stores in February 2014
2. PARENT WORKSHOP: Peaceful and Powerful Parenting
3. Join the Fun on TiViTz Tuesdays at Tampa Bay Area McDonald’s (February-April 2014)

Girl having fun image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Florida Clown Day 2014 Flyer image courtesy of Uptown Clowns of Largo, Inc.

FREE Parents’ Night Out Courtesy of My Gym and Olive Garden

FREE Parents' Night Out sponsored by Olive Garden ImageTime: 6-9 p.m.
Date: Friday, February 7, 2014
Location: 144 My Gym locations around the country
Cost: Enjoy a $25 Dinner at Olive Garden and receive FREE Parents’ Night Out at My Gym (Reservations are required)
Register/Info: Olive Garden Facebook Page (scroll down to the post on January 28, 2014); Read the Miami Herald article “Olive Garden Gives Busy Couples A Special ‘Parents’ Night Out’ Through National Partnership With My Gym”

What’s Doing?
My Gym is partnering with Olive Garden to give busy parents an extra special Parents’ Night Out.

From 6-9 p.m. Olive Garden is providing a FREE Parents’ Night Out at 145 My Gym locations around the country, with a reservation. While your child participates in fun activities and games at My Gym, you and your special someone can enjoy a special dinner for two for only $25 at Olive Garden.

Here’s How Parents’ Night Out Works:
— Register: Contact your My Gym location to verify their participation and to reserve a spot for the February 7, 2014 Parents’ Night Out.
— Drop Off at 6 p.m.: Drop-off your registered child is at 6 p.m. on February 7 at My Gym.
— Enjoy Parents’ Night Out: Visit your local Olive Garden for a delicious 2 for $25 Italian Dinner.
— Pick Up by 9 p.m.: Pick up your child from My Gym by 9 p.m., and remember to bring your Olive Garden receipt for check out. Your deposit will be refunded at check out.

More About Olive Garden’s 2 for $25
Olive Garden’s 2 for $25 Italian Dinner is an abundant three-course meal for two for only $25. For a complete list of 2 for $25 menu items, visit the Olive Garden website.

Address:
Find a My Gym location near you.

Happy family image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
FREE Parents’ Night Out sponsored by Olive Garden Image courtesy of Darden Concepts, Inc.

Thanks to Liz at Dulles Moms Blog for sharing this information. If you are ever in the Dulles area, be sure to check out her blog for fun things to do with your kids there!

PARENT WORKSHOP: Peaceful and Powerful Parenting

Peaceful and Powerful Parenting Workshop Flyer
Time: Group: 9-10 a.m.; parent/child play and parent support time: 10-11 a.m.
Date: The group meets Thursdays, January 30, February 6, 13, 20, & 27 and March 6, 13, and 20
Location: Great Explorations Children’s Museum
Cost: The fee for the 6 week course is $40, and registration is required
Register/Info: Please call Juliana Menke, LMHC, at (727) 327-7656, ext. 4160 for more information and to register; Great Explorations Children’s Museum Website

What’s Doing?
Come join other moms and dads for a six week program designed to help parents with children of all ages build peaceful and powerful family relationships.
— Understand your child’s temperament and your own
— Explore the goals of positive and negative behaviors
— Understand how children learn and develop
— Discover and practice peaceful and powerful communication skills & discipline strategies
— Learn to help develop your child’s unique strengths & skills.

Child care in Great Beginnings will be available for children who are walking. Babies will remain with their parent.

Address:
Great Explorations Children’s Museum
1925 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Image: David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Peaceful and Powerful Parenting Workshop Flyer image courtesy of Great Explorations

Join the Fun on TiViTz Tuesdays at Tampa Bay Area McDonald’s (February-April 2014)

Disclaimer: I am not being compensated by McDonald’s for posting this information, nor am I in any way affiliated with McDonald’s. I found this event like any other and I’m sharing it with you, as some of you may have children who would be interested in participating.

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Ripken Baseball TiViTz Board GameHead to McDonald’s on Tuesdays (February-April 2014) for an exciting night of fun and competition centered around the Ripken Baseball TiViTz Game. In case you aren’t familiar with TiViTz (I wasn’t!), TiViTz is described as a strategy-based math game that helps develop kids’ math skills in a fun and motivational way.

DID YOU KNOW? Available in both board games and online play, TiViTz has been used as a part of the mathematics curriculum by more than 10,000 teachers and 400,000 students across the country, including schools in Hillsborough County, FL.

TiViTz Tuesdays
Time: 2:30-5 p.m.
Date: Tuesdays, February-April 2014
Location: Participating McDonald’s
Cost: FREE, but registration is required by Monday evening at 8 a.m. for participating in the following Tuesday’s event
Register/Info: TiViTz Tuesdays at McDonald’s Website

What’s Doing?
Beginning Tuesday, February 4, 2014 through Tuesday, April 22, 2014 participating McDonald’s restaurants in 13 Tampa Bay area counties* will host TiViTz Tuesdays, where kids can come after school between 2:30-5 p.m. to play Ripken Baseball TiViTz against their friends and challenge students from other schools, learning new strategies and improving their games in the process.

Even Better! As a thank you for registering, students will receive a coupon for a FREE Hamburger or 4-Piece Chicken McNuggets® at participating McDonald’s, while supplies last.

Be sure to bring your own game to TiViTz Tuesdays events as games are not provided by McDonald’s restaurants. To purchase a Ripken Baseball TiViTz Board Game, visit the TiViTz Online Store.

Please remember that adult supervision is required at all TiViTz Tuesdays events.

*TiViTz Tuesdays will take place at participating McDonald’s in the following counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota, Hernando, Citrus, Highlands, Sumter, Hardee, DeSoto and Charlotte. Participation varies. ©2013 McDonald’s.

For more information regarding this event, please refer to the TiViTz Tuesdays FAQs or contact your local McDonald’s.

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Wheels turning image: Master isolated images / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Ripken Baseball TiViTz Board Game image courtesy of SAS Games, Inc. and McDonald’s in promotion of TiViTz Tuesdays at McDonald’s

FREE Rainbow Loom Classes, Elmo Party & More at Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park

What’s Doing?
Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park has FREE Rainbow Loom classes on Mondays (4-5 p.m.), Wednesdays (4-5 p.m.), Thursdays (5-6 p.m.) and Saturdays (1-2 p.m.). The store is also offering a Rainbow Loom Charm Class on Sunday, February 2, 2014 and Sunday, February 9, 2014. You must call the store at (813) 926-9380 to register for a class, as space is limited.

Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park also hosts a weekly story time and craft for your little ones every Thursday morning at 11 a.m., as well as some special events throughout the month:
— NFL Fun: Saturday, February 1 (12-2 p.m.)
— Party with Elmo: Monday, February 3 (11 a.m.-12 p.m.)
— Day of Fun Olympic-style: Friday, February 7 (TBD)
— Family Game Night: Friday, February 21 (6 p.m.

Check the Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park February calendar, or refer to the WDTB Calendar.

NOTE: As always, event dates/times subject to change without notice. Please contact the store to confirm.

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

Rubber ring image courtesy of iosphere / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 
 

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