FREE (Or Almost FREE) Crafts for Kids: October 2012

If your kids are anything like ours, they love to make crafts. And us parents, love FREE crafts … or at least really inexpensive ones! There are so many opportunities for your kids to make crafts each month. Just take a look at what’s going on in October ….

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Kids … Dillydally with Dali
Time: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.); 11:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Sat.); 12:30-4 p.m. (Sun.)
Date: Daily
Location: The Dali Museum
Cost: FREE for these activities in the classroom; Regular admission applies if you want to explore the museum
Info: The Dali Museum Website

What’s Doing?
Children can discover the creative world of Dali every day in the Education Classroom through stories, puzzles and activities that educate and encourage family interaction. There will be a story hour every Tuesday through Thursday at 11:15 a.m., featuring selected books from the Dali Museum Library and Store. Activities and puzzles are available through 5:30 p.m. weekdays. And on Saturdays, Dillydally with Dali features fun games, puzzles and unique arts and crafts activities.

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

Click here for more information on the museum.

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Learning Express Toys Finger Paint Fridays
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Date: Every Friday
Location: Learning Express Toys at Hyde Park Village
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 250-6200; Learning Express Hyde Park October Calendar on Facebook

What’s Doing?
Head to Learning Express in Hyde Park Village for Finger Paint Fridays. Display art for votes for a chance to win a $10 gift card.

Address:
Learning Express Toys
Hyde Park Village
800 South Village Circle
Tampa, FL 33606

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Kids Workshop at Home Depot
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
(This event takes place on the first Saturday of every month)
Location: Home Depot Stores
Cost: FREE
Info: Home Depot Kids Workshop Website

What’s Doing?
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, so they will not look like the picture until you add your own paint. Some Home Depot stores are offering paint at the location to paint your project on the spot. Paint is optional.)

— Saturday, October 6:
Build a Firetruck

Even Better:
Tampa Fire Rescue will be present with a fire engine display at the following locations:
— 17601 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
— 1712 North Dale Mabry
— 5125 South Dale Mabry
— 8815 North Florida Avenue

Address:
Locate a Home Depot store near you.

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Michael’s In-Store Craft Events
Time: See Schedule Below
Date: See Schedule Below
Location: Michael’s stores
Cost: Varies by craft … some are FREE, while others require a purchase to participate
Info: Michael’s Store Website

What’s Doing?
Drop by Michael’s with the kids for a fun craft. The crafts for the older kids is noted. Here’s the October craft schedule:

— Saturday, October 6 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.): The Crazy Pumpkin Event (requires the purchase of a 9″ craft pumpkin for $6; age 3+)
— Saturday, October 20 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.): Halloween T-shirt (requires the purchase of a T-shirt; age 3+)
— Saturday, October 20 (1-3 p.m.): Friendship Bracelet (age 14+)
— Sunday, October 21 (1-3 p.m.): Memory Wire rainbow bracelet (age 14+)
— Thursday, October 25 (6-8 p.m.): Halloween Visor Mask (requires the purchase of a visor; age 3+)
— Friday, October 26 (6-8 p.m.): Body art and clay pot (requires the purchase of a clay pot; age 3+)
— Saturday, October 27 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): Duck Tape pail or tote (requires the purchase of pail or tote), face painting and Halloween parade (age 3+)
— Saturday, October 27 (3-5 p.m.): Memory Wire necklace (requires the purchase of a pendant)
— Sunday, October 28 (1-3 p.m.): Fabric-covered wood bead bracelet (requires the purchase of a bandana; age 14+)

Address:
Locate a Michael’s store near you.

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Saturdays @ the Morean
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Every Saturday
Location: Morean Arts Center
Cost: FREE
Info: Morean Arts Center Website

What’s Doing?
Each Saturday, the Morean Arts Center will have FREE art experiences specially geared for families with children ages 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. The projects are held in the Bank of America Children’s Learning Center.

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

Click here for more information on the center.

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The Art Spot
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Every Saturday
Location: Tampa Museum of Art
Cost: Admission to the activity is FREE; Regular admission costs apply to view the galleries (NO registration required)
Info: Tampa Museum of Art Website

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday morning, the Museum is offers a drop-in art program where you can let your children explore their creativity. The projects, which take place in the Golding-Scher classroom, are self-guided, and the gallery-related monthly themes offer a different art activity each week.

** 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

Click here for more information on the museum.

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Lakeshore Learning Center In-Store Crafts
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m
Date: Every Saturday
Location: Lakeshore Learning Store
Cost: FREE
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. Here’s what’s planned for October:

— Saturday, October 6: Take Note! Doodle Pad
— Saturday, October 13: It’s a Hoot! Puppet
— Saturday, October 20: Dancing Spider
— Saturday, October 27: Trick-Or-Treat Scarecrow Mask

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

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Krafts For Kidz 2012 at LaFrance
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Every Saturday
Location: LaFrance (outside the store)
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 248-1381

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday morning, kids of all ages can stop, create, and recycle something in keeping with the theme of the week. The crafts take place outside the store. Be sure to stop by and pick up a bookmark with the craft themes for October.

Address:
LaFrance
1612 East 7th Avenue
Ybor City, FL 33605

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Pinkberry Frozen YogurtSunday Funday!
Time: 12-4 p.m.
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2012
Location: Pinkberry in Citrus Park
Cost: Activities are FREE, you pay only for your frozen yogurt treats
Info: (813) 792-1349; PinkBerry Tampa Website

What’s Doing?
Stop by with the family for FREE arts and crafts kids and parents can enjoy making together. If you go, be sure to let them know What’s Doing Tampa Bay sent you!

Address:
Pinkberry
(Next to Chipotle on the corner of Westfield Citrus Park Dr. and Gunn Hwy.)
7002 Gunn Highway
Tampa, FL 33624

PinkBerry Logo and Yogurt Images © 2012 PinkBerry

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*** There will be no IKEA Tampa Kids Academy in October. ***

IKEA LogoIKEA Tampa Kids’ Academy
Time: 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m.
Date: Resuming in November (Upcoming dates will be November 12, 19, 20, 21 and 23, and December 23, 26-28.)
Location: IKEA Tampa Store
Cost: FREE
Info: IKEA list in .pdf form

What’s Doing:
IKEA Tampa Kids’ Academy offers a FREE meal and a craft for kids on their days off from school during the 2012-2013 school year. All activities take place in the Exit Lobby. The Kids’ Academy is FREE for children under 12, and all participants enjoy a FREE activity, FREE IKEA Tampa Kids’ Academy T-shirt, and a FREE kids meal in the Restaurant.

Address:
Ikea Tampa Store
1103 North 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33605

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Dot-a-Dot Art
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Location: Learning Express Toys at Hyde Park Village
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 250-6200; Learning Express Hyde Park October Calendar on Facebook

What’s Doing?
Children age 3 and up can make Dot-a-Dot art in the store.

Address:
Learning Express Toys
Hyde Park Village
800 South Village Circle
Tampa, FL 33606

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Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Date: Saturday, October 13 & 27, 2012
Location: All Lowe’s Stores
Cost: FREE, but registration is required
Info: Lowe’s Build-and-Grow Website

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, keep and bring back for each time they attend. Upon completing the project, the child participating will receive a certificate and embroidered patch to add to their apron. Lowe’s projects are typically plain with the Lowe’s emblem printed on them somewhere. Some even come with stickers for the kids to decorate their masterpiece!

— Saturday, October 13: Ghoul Bus
— Saturday, October 27: Creepy Keeper

Address:
Locate a Lowe’s store near you.

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Glazer Children’s Museum Theme Weeks
Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Date: Themes change weekly
Location: Glazer Children’s Museum
Cost: FREE for Museum members, or included with regular admission
Info: Glazer Children’s Museum Website

What’s Doing?
Each week Glazer Children’s Museum features a fun new theme featuring theme-related story times, crafts and more for families to enjoy throughout their visit.

Address:
Glazer Children’s Museum
110 West Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602

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Family Fun Day for Little Kids
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Date:Thursday, October 18, 2012
Location: Westfield Countryside Mall (Lower level near JCPenney and Play Space)
Cost: FREE
Info: Facebook Event Page; Westfield Countryside Mall Events

What’s Doing?
Westfield Countryside invites families to join in the fun on the 3rd Thursday of every month for FREE activities, crafts, entertainment, snacks and more! This month kids will listen to Pop-Up Haunted House and Halloween Night. Following the stories, kids will make their own bewitching black cat and enjoy a snack.

Address:
Westfield Countryside
27001 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761

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WFamily Fun Days
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Location: Westfield Brandon Mall (In the Restaurant Courtyard near the fountain)
Cost: FREE; All activities are FREE for Westfield Family members. (Not a member? Visit the Mall Information Kiosk to get your FREE membership card, or sign up at the event)
Info: (813) 661-5100; Facebook Event Page; Westfield Brandon Mall Events

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids for a fun story, craft and snack. Plus, parents will enjoy a “sampling” of Caribbean-inspired foods available at Bahama Breeze.

Even Better!
This month you can enter for a chance to win a $250 dining gift card.

Address:
Westfield Brandon Mall
459 Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 33511

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St. Joseph's Children's Hospital's Teddy Bear ClinicWFamily Fun Days
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Location: Westfield Citrus Park Mall (Macy’s Court)
Cost: FREE; All activities are FREE for Westfield Family members. (Not a member? Visit the Mall Information Kiosk to get your FREE membership card, or sign up at the event.)
Info: (813) 926-4644; Facebook Event Page; Westfield Citrus Park Mall Events

What’s Doing?
Westfield Family Fun Days are always FREE and feature a different story, snack and craft every month. This month, the theme will be Teddy Bear Clinic, and children are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed friend with them to the event. As a craft, they will make a doctor bag to take home, and all children who go through the Teddy Bear Clinic will receive a completion certificate.

In St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Teddy Bear Clinic, children take their teddy bear or favorite stuffed friend through a ‘clinic’ exam, helping them learn about medical equipment and procedures used during a check-up. Children will learn coping techniques to ease their anxieties about going to the doctor and getting shots. Child Advocates will teach the children about the importance of injury prevention, how to wash their hands (and paws), how to buckle up in the car, and the proper way to wear a bike helmet.

Address:
Westfield Citrus Park Mall
8021 Citrus Park Town Center
Tampa, FL 33625

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Jo-Ann FREE Fairy Make-It Take-It Event October 20, 2012FREE Make-It Take-It Event at JoAnn’s
Time:
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Location: All Jo-Ann stores
Cost: FREE
Info: Disney Movie Rewards Newsletter

What’s Doing?
Celebrate Secret of the Wings. Make your own fairy in all Jo-Ann stores on Saturday, October 20.

Address:
Locate a Jo-Ann store near you.

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Crafts @ Your Library
Your public Library offers tons of fun, FREE family programs every month, many of which include crafts. Find out what activities you and your kids can enjoy by visiting your local library’s online program calendar. We’ve provided the links for you:

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
Visit the Hillsborough County Public Library online event calendar to see all the events planned at all HCPLC locations.

PASCO COUNTY
The Pasco County Library System’s online events calendar has a list of events happening at every library location in the county.

PINELLAS COUNTY
Visit the various Pinellas County Libraries online to find out what’s doing this month:

Pinellas County Library Cooperative: PPLC online events calendar
Clearwater Public Library System
Gulf Beaches Library
Oldsmar Public Library
St. Pete Beach Library
Dunedin Public Library
Gulfport Public Library
Largo Public Library
Palm Harbor Library
Safety Harbor Library
Seminole Community Library
East Lake Community Library
St. Petersburg Public Library System (From this link you can download a schedule that includes programs taking place at the Main Library, Johnson Branch, North Branch, South Branch and West Community Library)
Tarpon Springs Library

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RELATED LINKS:
1. Mall-Wide Trick-or-Treat at Westfield Brandon Mall
2. FREE (And Really Cheap) Family Movies Happening in October 2012
3. Celebrate Halloween at Libraries Around the Tampa Bay Area

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FREE Valet Service & A Treat at Westfield Brandon

Westfield Brandon Mall FREE Valet and Sweet Treat OfferWhat’s the Freebie?
Now, this is a freebie both kids and parents can get behind! Every weekend — Friday (4 p.m.-9 p.m.), Saturday (11 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Sunday (12-6 p.m.) — valet service is available in the Restaurant Courtyard at Westfield Brandon Mall. Give it a try if you haven’t already because in September, each time you valet park your car, the kids will receive a FREE sweet treat compliments of Sweetmania! FREE valet service is provided by Westfield Brandon and Ed Morse Cadillac of Brandon. Check out this sweet deal on the Westfield Brandon Mall Facebook Page.

Address:
Westfield Brandon
459 Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 33511

Car Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image © 2012 Westfield Brandon

FREE (Or Almost FREE) Crafts For Kids: September 2012

If your kids are anything like ours, they love to make crafts. And us parents, love FREE crafts! Be sure to participate in the crafts that send them back to school with personality! There are so many opportunities for your kids to make FREE crafts this month. Just take a look at what’s going on!

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Kids … Dillydally with Dali
Time: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.); 11:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Sat.); 12:30-4 p.m. (Sun.)
Date: Daily
Location: The Dali Museum
Cost: FREE for these activities in the classroom; Regular admission applies if you want to explore the museum
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Children can discover the creative world of Dali every day in the Education Classroom through stories, puzzles and activities that educate and encourage family interaction. There will be a story hour every Tuesday through Thursday at 11:15 a.m., featuring selected books from the Dali Museum Library and Store. Activities and puzzles are available through 5:30 p.m. weekdays. And on Saturdays, Dillydally with Dali features fun games, puzzles and unique arts and crafts activities.

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

Click here for more information on the museum.

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Kids Workshop at Home Depot
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 1, 2012
(This event takes place on the first Saturday of every month)
Location: Home Depot Stores
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
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, so they will not look like the picture until you add your own paint. Some Home Depot stores are offering paint at the location to paint your project on the spot. Paint is optional.)

— Saturday, September 1:
Build a Goal Post Football Game

Address:
Locate a Home Depot store near you.

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Saturdays @ the Morean
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Every Saturday
Location: Morean Arts Center
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Each Saturday, the Morean Arts Center will have FREE art experiences specially geared for families with children ages 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. The projects are held in the Bank of America Children’s Learning Center.

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

Click here for more information on the center.

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The Art Spot
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Every Saturday
Location: Tampa Museum of Art
Cost: Admission to the activity is FREE; Regular admission costs apply to view the galleries (NO registration required)
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday morning, the Museum is offers a drop-in art program where you can let your children explore their creativity. The projects, which take place in the Golding-Scher classroom, are self-guided, and the gallery-related monthly themes offer a different art activity each week.

** 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

Click here for more information on the museum.

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Lakeshore Learning Center In-Store Crafts
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m
Date: Every Saturday
Location: Lakeshore Learning Store
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 207-0468; Website

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday, Lakeshore Learning Store has FREE crafts for kids to make that go along with the month or season. Here’s what’s planned for September:

— Saturday, September 1: Where Am I? Door Sign
— Saturday, September 8: Apple Basket
— Saturday, September 15: My Homework Folder
— Saturday, September 22: Autumn Tree Collage
— Saturday, September 29: Cornhusk Door Hanger

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

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Krafts For Kidz 2012 at LaFrance
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Every Saturday
Location: LaFrance (outside the store)
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 248-1381

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday morning, kids of all ages can stop, create, and recycle something in keeping with the theme of the week. The crafts take place outside the store. Be sure to stop by and pick up a bookmark with the craft themes for September.

Address:
LaFrance
1612 East 7th Avenue
Ybor City, FL 33605

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Pinkberry Frozen YogurtSunday Funday!
Time: 12-4 p.m.
Date: Sunday, September 2, 2012
Location: Pinkberry in Citrus Park
Cost: Activities are FREE, you pay only for your frozen yogurt treats
Info: (813) 792-1349; PinkBerry Tampa Website

What’s Doing?
Stop by with the family for FREE arts and crafts kids and parents can enjoy making together. This is their first time hosting this event at the store; hopefully they will continue this every month. If you go, be sure to let them know What’s Doing Tampa Bay sent you!

Address:
Pinkberry
(Next to Chipotle on the corner of Westfield Citrus Park Dr. and Gunn Hwy.)
7002 Gunn Highway
Tampa, FL 33624

PinkBerry Logo and Yogurt Images © 2012 PinkBerry

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IKEA LogoIKEA Tampa Kids’ Academy
Time: 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m.
Date: Monday, September 3, 2012
Location: IKEA Tampa Store
Cost: FREE
Info: Click Here

What’s Doing:
IKEA Tampa Kids’ Academy will start back up on Labor Day, offering a FREE meal and a craft for kids on their days off from school during the 2012-2013 school year. All activities take place in the Exit Lobby. The Kids’ Academy is FREE for children under 12, and all participants enjoy a FREE activity, FREE IKEA Tampa Kids’ Academy T-shirt, and a FREE kids meal in the Restaurant. Future dates will be November 12, 19, 20, 21 and 23, and December 23, 26-28.

— September 3: Personalize a GLS box for your school supplies

Address:
Ikea Tampa Store
1103 North 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33605

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Learning Express Toys Craft Days
Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Location: Learning Express Toys at Hyde Park Village
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 250-6200; Learning Express Hyde Park September Calendar on Facebook

What’s Doing?
Kids can make a stunt squadron craft.

Address:
Learning Express Toys
Hyde Park Village
800 South Village Circle
Tampa, FL 33606

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Learning Express Toys Finger Paint Fridays
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Date: Every Friday
Location: Learning Express Toys at Hyde Park Village
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 250-6200; Learning Express Hyde Park September Calendar on Facebook

What’s Doing?
Head to Learning Express in Hyde Park Village for Finger Paint Fridays. Display art for votes for a chance to win a $10 gift card.

Address:
Learning Express Toys
Hyde Park Village
800 South Village Circle
Tampa, FL 33606

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Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Date: Saturday, September 8 & 22, 2012
Location: All Lowe’s Stores
Cost: FREE, but registration is required
Info: Website

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, keep and bring back for each time they attend. Upon completing the project, the child participating will receive a certificate and embroidered patch to add to their apron. Lowe’s projects are typically plain with the Lowe’s emblem printed on them somewhere. Some even come with stickers for the kids to decorate the masterpiece!

— Saturday, September 8: Chuck E. Roller
— Saturday, September 22: Fire Truck

Address:
Locate a Lowe’s store near you.

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Glazer Children’s Museum Theme Weeks
Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Date: Themes change weekly
Location: Glazer Children’s Museum
Cost: FREE for Museum members, or included with regular admission
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Each week Glazer Children’s Museum features a fun new theme featuring theme-related story times, crafts and more for families to enjoy throughout their visit.

Address:
Glazer Children’s Museum
110 West Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602

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Michael’s In-Store Craft Events
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2012
Location: Michael’s stores
Cost: Purchase of a $1 wood frame is required
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Drop by Michael’s with the kids for a fun craft. Here’s the September craft schedule:

— Saturday, September 8: Grandparents Day Frame (age 3+)

Address:
Locate a Michael’s store near you.

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Learning Express Toys In-Store Craft
Time: 12-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Location: Learning Express Toys at Hyde Park Village
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 250-6200; Learning Express Hyde Park September Calendar on Facebook

What’s Doing?
Kids can make a bottle cap necklace.

Address:
Learning Express Toys
Hyde Park Village
800 South Village Circle
Tampa, FL 33606

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Family Fun Day for Little Kids
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Date:Thursday, September 20, 2012
Location: Westfield Countryside Mall (Lower level near JCPenney and Play Space)
Cost: FREE
Info: Facebook Event Page; Events

What’s Doing?
Westfield Countryside invites families to join in the fun on the 3rd Thursday of every month for FREE activities, crafts, entertainment, snacks and more! This month kids will listen to Let It Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler (Leffler’s story is about the beautiful Autumn leaves, apple picking and going on hayrides at the county fair in) and Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg (Saltzberg teaches kids about acceptance through this story about a nightmare that Stanley Birdbaum experiences). Following the stories, kids will make their own fall nature collecting jar and enjoy a snack.

Address:
Westfield Countryside
27001 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761

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WFamily Fun Days
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Location: Westfield Brandon Mall (Held at the new Busch Gardens Safari of Fun Play Space)
Cost: FREE; All activities are FREE for Westfield Family members. (Not a member? Visit the Mall Information Kiosk to get your FREE membership card, or sign up at the event)
Info: (813) 661-5100; Facebook Event Page; Events

What’s Doing?
Kids will enjoy story time, arts & crafts and fun prizes.

Even Better! The first 50 kids (ages 10 & under) will receive a FREE $10 gift card to use toward a new pair of kids shoes at Clarks.

Address:
Westfield Brandon Mall
459 Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 33511

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Westfield Family PromoWFamily Fun Days
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Location: Westfield Citrus Park Mall (Macy’s Court)
Cost: FREE; All activities are FREE for Westfield Family members. (Not a member? Visit the Mall Information Kiosk to get your FREE membership card, or sign up at the event.)
Info: (813) 926-4644; Facebook Event Page; Events

What’s Doing?
Westfield Family Fun Days are always FREE and feature a different story, snack and craft every month.

— September’s Theme: Fall Fun!
Kids can listen to two stories — Let It Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler and Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg — while enjoying a snack. Following story time, the kids can decorate a fall nature collecting jar.

Address:
Westfield Citrus Park Mall
8021 Citrus Park Town Center
Tampa, FL 33625

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Johnny Appleseed Day at Learning Express Toys
Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Location: Learning Express Toys at Hyde Park Village
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 250-6200; Learning Express Hyde Park September Calendar on Facebook

What’s Doing?
Kids can make a finger paint apple tree.

Address:
Learning Express Toys
Hyde Park Village
800 South Village Circle
Tampa, FL 33606

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Learning Express Toys Craft Day
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Location: Learning Express Toys at Hyde Park Village
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 250-6200; Learning Express Hyde Park September Calendar on Facebook

What’s Doing?
Kids can decorate a drift car.

Address:
Learning Express Toys
Hyde Park Village
800 South Village Circle
Tampa, FL 33606

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Crafts @ Your Library
Your public Library offers tons of fun, FREE family programs every month, many of which include crafts. Find out what activities you and your kids can enjoy by visiting your local library’s online program calendar. We’ve provided the links for you:

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
Visit the Hillsborough County Public Library online event calendar to see all the events planned at all HCPLC locations.

PASCO COUNTY
The Pasco County Library System’s online events calendar has a list of events happening at every library location in the county.

PINELLAS COUNTY
Visit the various Pinellas County Libraries online to find out what’s doing this month:

Pinellas County Library Cooperative: PPLC online events calendar
Clearwater Public Library System
Gulf Beaches Library
Oldsmar Public Library
St. Pete Beach Library
Dunedin Public Library
Gulfport Public Library
Largo Public Library
Palm Harbor Library
Safety Harbor Library
Seminole Community Library
East Lake Community Library
St. Petersburg Public Library System (From this link you can download a schedule that includes programs taking place at the Main Library, Johnson Branch, North Branch, South Branch and West Community Library)
Tarpon Springs Library

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RELATED LINKS:
1. FREE Valet Service & A Treat at Westfield Brandon
2. FREE (And Really Cheap) Family Movies Showing in September 2012
3. “Swaptember” Offers Members FREE Admission to MOSI, Lowry Park Zoo & The Florida Aquarium

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Dillard’s Kids Craft Day

Ends of crayonsTime: Event will start around 11 a.m. and probably continue throughout the day until around 5 p.m.
Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Location: Dillard’s at Westfield Brandon Mall
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 653-4436

What’s Doing?
Head to Dillard’s Children’s Department this Saturday, where they will have supplies for kids to decorate their own school folders. There will also be a coloring contest.

Address:
Dillard’s
Westfield Brandon Mall
459 Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 335

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FREE (or Almost FREE) Crafts for Kids: August 2012

If your kids are anything like ours, they love to make crafts. And us parents, love FREE crafts! Be sure to participate in the crafts that send them back to school with personality! There are so many opportunities for your kids to make FREE crafts this month. Just take a look at what’s going on!

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Kids … Dillydally with Dali
Time: Weekdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 pm; Saturdays, 11:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sundays, 12:30-4 p.m.
Date: Daily
Location: The Dali Museum
Cost: FREE for these activities in the classroom; Regular admission applies if you want to explore the museum
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Children can discover the creative world of Dali every day in the Education Classroom through stories, puzzles and activities that educate and encourage family interaction. There will be a story hour every Tuesday through Thursday at 11:15 a.m., featuring selected books from the Dali Museum Library and Store. Activities and puzzles are available through 5:30 p.m. weekdays. And on Saturdays, Dillydally with Dali features fun games, puzzles and unique arts and crafts activities.

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

Click here for more information on the museum.

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Kids Workshop at Home Depot
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, August 4, 2012
(This event takes place on the first Saturday of every month)
Location: Home Depot Stores
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
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, so they will not look like the picture until you add your own paint. Some Home Depot stores are offering paint at the location to paint your project on the spot. Paint is optional.)

Even Better for the month of August: The Home Depot has teamed up with the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax movie. Each Kids Workshop will provide kids with Lorax activity sheets, Lorax create-your-own mustache kits, and Lorax sticker sheets. Each store will have one life-sized Lorax poster to affix to a wall so kids can have their picture taken with The Lorax. Don’t forget your cameras!

— Saturday, August 4: Build a cork bulletin board

Address:
Locate a Home Depot store near you.

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Saturdays @ the Morean
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Every Saturday
Location: Morean Arts Center
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Each Saturday, the Morean Arts Center will have FREE art experiences specially geared for families with children ages 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. The projects are held in the Bank of America Children’s Learning Center.

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

Click here for more information on the center.

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The Art Spot
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Every Saturday
Location: Tampa Museum of Art
Cost: Admission to the activity is FREE; Regular admission costs apply to view the galleries (NO registration required)
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday morning, the Museum is offers a drop-in art program where you can let your children explore their creativity. The projects, which take place in the Golding-Scher classroom, are self-guided, and the gallery-related monthly themes offer a different art activity each week.

** 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

Click here for more information on the museum.

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Lakeshore Learning Center In-Store Crafts
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m
Date: Every Saturday
Location: Lakeshore Learning Store
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 207-0468; Website

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday, Lakeshore Learning Store has FREE crafts for kids to make that go along with the month or season. Here’s what’s planned for August:
— Saturday, August 4: Friendship Day trophy
— Saturday, August 11: Garden collage
— Saturday, August 18: Crawly caterpillar
— Saturday, August 25: Fun-to-make bookmark

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

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Krafts For Kidz 2012 at LaFrance
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Every Saturday
Location: LaFrance (outside the store)
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 248-1381

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday morning, kids of all ages can stop, create, and recycle something in keeping with the theme of the week. The crafts take place outside the store. Be sure to stop by and pick up a bookmark with the craft themes for August.

Address:
LaFrance
1612 East 7th Avenue
Ybor City, FL 33605

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Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics
Time: Saturday 10-11 a.m.; Sunday 2-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, August 11 & 25; Sunday, August 12 & 26, 2012
Location: All Lowe’s Stores
Cost: FREE, but registration is required
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Lowe’s is offering a second chance to attend its summer workshops — the Sunday following the Saturday clinic will give children a chance to make Saturday’s project! 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, keep and bring back for each time they attend. Upon completing the project, the child participating will receive a certificate and embroidered patch to add to their apron. Lowe’s projects are typically plain with the Lowe’s emblem printed on them somewhere. Some even come with stickers for the kids to decorate the masterpiece!

This summer, kids will be building DreamWorks movie-themed crafts. August’s theme is Shrek!

— Saturday, August 11 & Sunday, August 12: Shrek Dragon Ride
— Saturday, August 25 & Sunday, August 26: Shrek Onion Carriage

Address:
Locate a Lowe’s store near you.

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Glazer Children’s Museum Theme Weeks
Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Date: Themes change weekly
Location: Glazer Children’s Museum
Cost: FREE for Museum members, or included with regular admission
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Each week Glazer Children’s Museum features a fun new theme featuring theme-related story times, crafts and more for families to enjoy throughout their visit.

Address:
Glazer Children’s Museum
110 West Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602

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Michael’s In-Store Craft Events
Time:
1-3 p.m.
Date: (See schedule below)
Location: Michael’s stores
Cost: Some crafts are FREE, while others will require the purchase of a single item
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Drop by Michael’s with the kids for a fun craft. Here’s their August craft schedule:

— Sunday, August 12: Scrapbook (Age 14+)
— Saturday, August 18: Canvas Sketchbook (Age 14+)
— Sunday, August 19 Lap Desk (age 3+)
— Saturday, August 25: Locker Décor (Age 14+)
— Sunday, August 26: Clay Pot (Age 3+)

Address:
Locate a Michael’s store near you.

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Family Fun Day for Little Kids
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Date:Thursday, August 16, 2012
Location: Westfield Countryside Mall (Lower level near JCPenney and Play Space)
Cost: FREE
Info: Facebook Event Page

What’s Doing?
Westfield Countryside invites families to join in the fun on the 3rd Thursday of every month for FREE activities, crafts, entertainment, snacks and more!

Address:
Westfield Countryside
27001 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761

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WFamily Fun Days
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Location: Westfield Brandon Mall (in the kids department inside Sears)
Cost: FREE; All activities are FREE for Westfield Family members. (Not a member? Visit the Mall Information Kiosk to get your FREE membership card, or sign up at the event)
Info: (813) 661-5100; Facebook Event Page; Events

What’s Doing?
WFamily will have an End-of-Summer Fun story time, craft activity where they will create their own stylish pencil case, treats and more in the kids department inside Sears. Kids and parents can venture throughout the mall afterwards on an “End-of-Summer Scavenger Hunt”, for a chance to win special prizes.

Even Better! The first 70 kids will receive a FREE $10 Sears gift card and parents will receive a special store discount.

Address:
Westfield Brandon Mall
459 Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 33511

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Westfield Family PromoWFamily Fun Days
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Location: Westfield Citrus Park Mall (Macy’s Court)
Cost: FREE; All activities are FREE for Westfield Family members. (Not a member? Visit the Mall Information Kiosk to get your FREE membership card, or sign up at the event.)
Info: (813) 926-4644; Facebook Event Page

What’s Doing?
Westfield Family Fun Days are always FREE and feature a different story, snack and craft every month.

August’s Theme: End of Summer Fun!
Stories include Chrysanthemum and Jessica. Afterward, kids will personalize a pencil case and receive a Westfield #2 pencil.

Address:
Westfield Citrus Park Mall
8021 Citrus Park Town Center
Tampa, FL 33625

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In case you are wondering, IKEA Tampa Kids’ Academy will start back up on Labor Day, offering a FREE meal and a craft for kids on their days off from school during the 2012-2013 school year. Mark you calendar to join IKEA staff on September 3, 2012; Kids can personalize a GLIS box for storing their school supplies. Activities begin at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. in the Exit Lobby. The Kids’ Academy is FREE for children under 12, and all participants enjoy a FREE activity, FREE IKEA Tampa Kids’ Academy T-shirt, and a FREE kids meal in the Restaurant. Future dates will be November 12, 19, 20, 21 and 23, and December 23, 26-28. Click Here for a complete list of crafts.

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Crafts @ Your Library
Your public Library offers tons of fun, FREE family programs every month, many of which include crafts. Find out what activities you and your kids can enjoy by visiting your local library’s online program calendar. We’ve provided the links for you:

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
Visit the Hillsborough County Public Library online event calendar to see all the events planned at all HCPLC locations.

PASCO COUNTY
The Pasco County Library System’s online events calendar has a list of events happening at every library location in the county.

PINELLAS COUNTY
Visit the various Pinellas County Libraries online to find out what’s doing this month:

Pinellas County Library Cooperative: PPLC online events calendar
Clearwater Public Library System
Gulf Beaches Library
Oldsmar Public Library
St. Pete Beach Library
Dunedin Public Library
Gulfport Public Library
Largo Public Library
Palm Harbor Library
Safety Harbor Library
Seminole Community Library
East Lake Community Library
St. Petersburg Public Library System (From this link you can download a schedule that includes programs taking place at the Main Library, Johnson Branch, North Branch, South Branch and West Community Library)
Tarpon Springs Library

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FREE (Or Almost Free) Crafts For Kids: July 2012

If your kids are anything like ours, they love to make crafts. And us Moms love FREE crafts! What a fun way to celebrate our Independence Day! There are so many opportunities for your kids to make FREE crafts this month. Just take a look at what’s going on!

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Kids … Dillydally with Dali
Time: Weekdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 pm; Saturdays, 11:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sundays, 12:30-4 p.m.
Date: Daily
Location: The Dali Museum
Cost: FREE for these activities in the classroom; Regular admission applies if you want to explore the museum
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Children can discover the creative world of Dali every day in the Education Classroom through stories, puzzles and activities that educate and encourage family interaction. There will be a story hour every Tuesday through Thursday at 11:15 a.m., featuring selected books from the Dali Museum Library and Store. Activities and puzzles are available through 5:30 p.m. weekdays. And on Saturdays, Dillydally with Dali features fun games, puzzles and unique arts and crafts activities.

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

Click here for more information on the museum.

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Michael’s Passport to Imagination: Summer In-Store Events
Time:
1-4 p.m.
Date: Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from June 19-July 28, 2012 (See schedule below)
Location: Michael’s stores
Cost: Some crafts are FREE, while others will require the purchase of a single item
Info: This information was found in the Michael’s Passport to Imagination brochure we picked up at our local Michael’s store.

What’s Doing?
Once again Michael’s is hosting it’s Passport to Imagination summer in-store craft series. Children will journey around the world learning about cool animals and faraway places through crafts. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, children will be introduced to a new country through two crafts, one of which will be a pin kids can collect on a vest, apron or backpack. Here’s the craft schedule:

— Tuesday, July 3: United States — U.S. flag pin & barn owl door hanger
— Thursday, July 5: Kenya — Kenyan flag pin & lion pin
— Saturday, July 7: North Pole — North Pole pin & penguin foam visor
— Tuesday, July 10: Thailand — Thai flag pin & elephant necklace
— Thursday, July 12: Russia — Russian flag pin & pom pom bear
— Saturday, July 14: Japan — Japanese flag pin & koi fish kite
— Tuesday, July 17: Egypt — Hieroglyphics button pin & Egyptian cat portrait
— Thursday, July 19: Spain — Fan pin & terra cotta bull
— Saturday, July 21: Chile — Chilean flag pin & alpaca puppet
— Tuesday, July 24: Brazil — Palm tree card & bird mask
— Thursday, July 26: Morocco — Moroccan flag pin & flamingo keychain
— Saturday, July 28: India — Foam lotus flower & snake and coil pot

Address:
Locate a Michael’s store near you.

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Kids Workshop at Home Depot
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 7, 2012
(This event takes place on the first Saturday of every month)
Location: Home Depot Stores
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
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, so they will not look like the picture until you add your own paint.
Some Home Depot stores are offering paint at the location to paint your project on the spot. Paint is optional.)

— Saturday, July 7: Build a Moving Truck

Address:
Locate a Home Depot store near you.

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Saturdays @ the Morean
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Every Saturday
Location: Morean Arts Center
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Each Saturday, the Morean Arts Center will have FREE art experiences specially geared for families with children ages 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. The projects are held in the Bank of America Children’s Learning Center.

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

Click here for more information on the center.

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The Art Spot
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Every Saturday
Location: Tampa Museum of Art
Cost: Admission to the activity is FREE; Regular admission costs apply to view the galleries (NO registration required)
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday morning, the Museum is offers a drop-in art program where you can let your children explore their creativity. The projects, which take place in the Golding-Scher classroom, are self-guided, and the gallery-related monthly themes offer a different art activity each week.

** 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

Click here for more information on the museum.

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Lakeshore Learning Center In-Store Crafts
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m
Date: Every Saturday
Location: Lakeshore Learning Store
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 207-0468; Website

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday, Lakeshore Learning Store has FREE crafts for kids to make that go along with the month or season. Here’s what’s planned for July:
— Saturday, July 7: Sunny-Day Visor
— Saturday, July 14: My Pet Fish
— Saturday, July 21: Olympic Torch
— Saturday, July 28: Keep Cool Summer Fan

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

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Krafts For Kidz 2012 at LaFrance
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Every Saturday
Location: LaFrance (outside the store)
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 248-1381

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday morning, kids of all ages can stop, create, and recycle something in keeping with the theme of the week. The crafts take place outside the store. Be sure to stop by and pick up a bookmark with the craft themes for July.

Address:
LaFrance
1612 East 7th Avenue
Ybor City, FL 33605

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Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics
Time: Saturday 10-11 a.m.; Sunday 2-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 14 & 28; Sunday, July 15 & 29, 2012
Location: All Lowe’s Stores
Cost: FREE, but registration is required
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Lowe’s will be offering a second chance to attend a workshop this summer. The Sunday following the Saturday clinic will give children a chance to make Saturday’s project! 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, keep and bring back for each time they attend. Upon completing the project, the child participating will receive a certificate and embroidered patch to add to their apron. Lowe’s projects are typically plain with the Lowe’s emblem printed on them somewhere. Some even come with stickers for the kids to decorate the masterpiece!

This summer, kids will be building DreamWorks movie-themed crafts. July’s theme is Kung Fu Panda!
— Saturday, July 14 & Sunday, July 15: Kung Fu Panda Spinning Attack
— Saturday, July 28 & Sunday, July 29: Kung Fu Panda Stacking Friends

Address:
Locate a Lowe’s store near you.

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Glazer Children’s Museum Theme Weeks
Time: 10 a.m. -7 p.m.
Date: Themes change weekly
Location: Glazer Children’s Museum
Cost: FREE for Museum members, or included with regular admission
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Each week Glazer Children’s Museum features a fun new theme featuring theme-related story times, crafts and more for families to enjoy throughout their visit. The theme for July 2-8 is “Happy Birthday, U.S.A.” which will even include some underwater fireworks, signing the Declaration of Independence, making mini apple pies and American quilts, story times and more!

Address:
Glazer Children’s Museum
110 West Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602

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Introducing Westfield Family Fun Days at Westfield Countryside!

Family Fun Day for Little Kids
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Date:Thursday, July 19, 2012
Location: Westfield Countryside Mall (Lower level near JCPenney and Play Space)
Cost: FREE
Info: Facebook Event Page

What’s Doing?
Westfield Countryside invites families to join in the fun on the 3rd Thursday of every month for FREE activities, crafts, entertainment, snacks and more!

In July, kids are invited to “See the World!” through the power of books. Travel to Paris, France with two stories that explore the magical city. Then, keep the international flavor going with a craft and snack. Stories include This is Paris and Kiki & Coco in Paris, after which kids will decorate a beret.

Address:
Westfield Countryside
27001 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761

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WFamily Fun Days
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2012
Location: Westfield Brandon Mall
Cost: FREE; All activities are FREE for Westfield Family members. (Not a member? Visit the Mall Information Kiosk to get your FREE membership card, or sign up at the event)
Info: (813) 661-5100; Facebook Event Page; Events

What’s Doing?
WFamily and WEDU join forces to present a special Family Fun Day this month. Head to Books-A-Million to join in the fun with a special screening of the new Super Why! episode, plus a story time, craft activity, treats and more.

Even Better! The first 75 kids will receive a FREE Super Why! book.

Address:
Westfield Brandon Mall
459 Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 33511

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Westfield Family PromoWFamily Fun Days
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2012
Location: Westfield Citrus Park Mall (Macy’s Court)
Cost: FREE; All activities are FREE for Westfield Family members. (Not a member? Visit the Mall Information Kiosk to get your FREE membership card, or sign up at the event.)
Info: (813) 926-4644; Facebook Event Page

What’s Doing?
Westfield Family Fun Days are always FREE and feature a different story, snack and craft every month.

July’s Theme: See The World!
Stories include This is Paris and Kiki & Coco in Paris. Afterward, kids will decorate a beret.

Address:
Westfield Citrus Park Mall
8021 Citrus Park Town Center
Tampa, FL 33625

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Crafts @ Your Library
Your public Library offers tons of fun, FREE family programs every month, many of which include crafts. Find out what activities you and your kids can enjoy by visiting your local library’s online program calendar. We’ve provided the links for you:

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
Visit the Hillsborough County Public Library online event calendar to see all the events planned at all HCPLC locations.

PASCO COUNTY
The Pasco County Library System’s online events calendar has a list of events happening at every library location in the county.

PINELLAS COUNTY
Visit the various Pinellas County Libraries online to find out what’s going on in June:

Pinellas County Library Cooperative: PPLC online events calendar
Clearwater Public Library System
Gulf Beaches Library
Oldsmar Public Library
St. Pete Beach Library (From this link you can download “Summer Programs May-August 2012″ and “Children’s Programs Summer 2012″)
Dunedin Public Library
Gulfport Public Library
Largo Public Library
Palm Harbor Library
Safety Harbor Library
Seminole Community Library
East Lake Community Library
St. Petersburg Public Library System (From this link you can download a schedule that includes programs taking place at the Main Library, Johnson Branch, North Branch, South Branch and West Community Library)
Tarpon Springs Library

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Grand Opening Celebration for the NEW Sesame Street Safari of Fun Play Area

The new Sesame Street Safari of Fun play space at Westfield Brandon in partnership with Busch GardensTime: 10-11 a.m.
Date: Friday, July 13, 2012
Location: Westfield Brandon
Cost: FREE
Info: Facebook Event Page

What’s Doing?
Westfield Brandon in partnership with Busch Gardens has created a new mall play space inspired by the Sesame Street Safari of Fun at the park. The Grand Opening of the new play area will take place on July 13, where kids will get their first chance to play among popular Sesame Street characters and climb on “wild” animals. The celebration will include:
— Meet-and-greet with Sesame Street characters
— FREE activities
— Giveaways for the first 250 children
— Raffle for a family 4-pack of Busch Gardens tickets

NOTE: My daughter and I just went to check out the space today, and it’s completely done. It sits there looking beautiful and taunting children until the Grand Opening in two weeks, when they will finally be allowed in to play. “Wild” animals wander around the central tree with a fort at the top from which Elmo, Grover, Zoe and Abby look out over the play area. A slide goes through the trunk of the tree. The space is surrounded by seating (As my daughter noted, there is even a bench sized for kids to sit on!) interrupted by interactive panels where kids can hear the sound of a howler monkey or bat, look for insects in the grass, and more. Kids are hardly going to be able to wait to play in it … I know mine can’t!

Address:
Westfield Brandon
459 Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 33511

Fox’s “New Girl” Summer Tour Stops in Brandon This Friday!

New Girl Summer TourTime: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, June 29, 2012
Location: Westfield Brandon Mall
Cost: FREE
Info: New Girl Summer Tour Facebook Page; Westfield Brandon Facebook Events Page

What’s Doing?
For those with older kids, you may be interested to know that Fox is celebrating their new comedy New Girl with their True American Summer Bus Tour. Stop by the bus to party like a “True American,” watch exclusive videos, and receive a grab bag of cool New Girl gifts, including a pair of Jess’ signature glasses.

For those with younger kids, you can still score your freebies before heading into Westfield Brandon for some play time in the play space, and the WFamily Playhouse (near Sears) offers seating, kids TV programming, nursing stations and a family restroom.

Even Better! Westfield Brandon Mall offers Family Parking — convenient up-front parking spaces for expectant mothers and families with small children. Family Parking is located in three locations:
— East Entrance, between the Food Court and Sears
— In front of the Food Court
— Near the Restaurant Courtyard

Address:
Westfield Brandon Mall
459 Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 33511

Have a “Brave” Adventure at Your Disney Store

Brave coverTime: See schedule below
Date: Friday, June 15, 2012-Sunday, July 1, 2012 (See event schedule below)
Location: Disney Store
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids to the Disney Store for some in-store activities in anticipation of the upcoming release of Brave in theaters June 22.
— Saturdays (June 16, 23 & 30): 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
— Sunday through Friday (June 15-July 1): Contact your local store for event times

NOTE: Your child must be 3 years or older to participate. Events are limited per session based on store capacity. NO lineups prior to 30 minutes before the beginning of the event. The event is subject to change or cancellation without notice. Call your store for more details.

Address:
Locate a Disney Store near you.

Brandon Town Center Mall
550 Brandon Town Center Mall
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 661-2004

International Plaza
2223 NW Shore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 870-0467

Westfield Countryside
27001 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 791-8876

 
 

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