Not Very Scary Halloween

smiling pumpkinTime: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, October 28, 2011
Location: Largo Public Library (Teen Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Bring your little ones to the Not Very Scary Halloween presented by Largo Public Library’s Teen Volunteers, and they will be treated to stories, crafts, treats and a few cartoons in the movie room.

Address:
Largo Public Library
120 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

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FREE Crafts for Kids: October 2011

If your kids are anything like ours, they love to make crafts. And us Moms love FREE crafts! Well, there are so many opportunities for your kids to make FREE crafts all over town, it will keep you all hoppin’. Just take a look at what’s going on!

Because we will be adding to this list throughout the month, please remember to check back often.

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Halloween FREE Make-it Take-it Event
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011
Location: All Joann Fabric and Craft Stores
Cost: FREE
Info: We found this information in the Joann Fabric and Craft Stores shopper in October 9, 2011 edition of your newspaper

What’s Doing?
Joann’s is hosting a Halloween Make-it Take-it at all of it’s stores.

Address:
Find a Joann Fabric and Craft Store near you.

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Halloween Fun at Learning Express at Westchase
Time: 2-3 p.m. both days
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2011 & Sunday, October 9, 2011
Location: Learning Express at Westchase
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 818-TOYS (8697); Website

What’s Doing?
Are you planning on doing a little shopping this weekend? Stop by Learning Express at Westchase and let the kids make a lollipop ghost!

Address:
Learning Express at Westchase
12950 Race Track Road
Tampa, Florida 33626

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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

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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: Ongoing
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 & crafts activities.

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

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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 the Museum offers a drop-in art program where you can let your children explore their creativity. The activity takes place in the Golding-Scher classroom. The art projects 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 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602

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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. Here’s what’s planned for October:

— Saturday, October 1: Hang Around Spider — Children create a long-legged fun spider that dangles from a “spider web” just like the real thing!
— Saturday, October 8: My Art Portfolio — Kids create a special place for all their art work–a portable portfolio to keeps projects safe!
— Saturday, October 15: Eye-spy Binoculars — Fun is in sight as kids make and decorate their own play binoculars!
— Saturday, October 22: Masquerade Mask — Kids gear up for Halloween — with an eye-popping mask they make themselves!
— Saturday, October 29: Batty Buddy — Children make and decorate a fun, life-size bat to hang on Halloween!

Even Better! October 8 also features a special Kids’ Career Day event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with career-themed crafts and activities.

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

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KRAFTS FOR KIDZ 2011 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 E. 7th Avenue
Ybor City, FL, 33605

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KIDS WORKSHOP AT HOME DEPOT
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Every 1st Saturday of the 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 acheivement 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.)

— Saturday, October 1
This Fire Rescue Helicopter is ready to help out where help is needed. Watch your children fly it through the air and land safely. This cool project can be added to any rescue team.

Address:
Locate a Home Depot store near you.

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LOWE’S BUILD AND GROW
Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Date: Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month
Location: All Lowe’s Stores
Cost: FREE
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 and keep for each time they attend. Upon completing the project, the child participating will receive a certificate and embroidered patch to add to their apron.

— Saturday, October 8
Your kids will love building this Halloween Monster Machine and creating lots of funny monster combinations afterwards! It’s the perfect accessory to any fun mad scientist lab. Then after Halloween is over, it can be safely stored until next year.

— Saturday, October 22
This kit is awesome! This “Monster” truck includes a flashing light and glow in the dark stickers!

Address:
Locate a Lowe’s Store near you.

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Family Fun At IKEA Tampa!
Time: Starts at 11 a.m.
Date: Friday, October 21, 2011
Location: IKEA Tampa
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 623-5454 ext. 1208; Website

What’s Doing?
When school is out, get in on the fun at the IKEA Tampa Kids’ Academy! Featuring FREE activities, a FREE meal and a FREE IKEA Tampa Kids’ Academy t-shirt for kids under 12 years old who attend*. Activities last 20 minutes and start at 11 a.m., then repeat at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m.

— Friday, October 21: Keep your school supplies organized by personalizing a GLIS box.

* Meal, activity and t-shirt offer valid for children under 12 years old, while supplies last. No adult purchase necessary. Choose from 3 combo meals. One meal per child; dine-in only from 11:00am to 8:00pm. One t-shirt per child, per 12 month period. Child must be present to get t-shirt.

Address:
Ikea Tampa
1103 N. 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33605

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MICHAEL’S IN-STORE CRAFTS
Time: See below
Date: See below
Location: Michael’s Stores
Cost: Some are FREE, while others require the purchase of an item
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Michael’s Crafts stores are offering lots of fun activities for the month of October.


— Saturday, October 8, 2011: The Crazy Pumpkin Event (1-3 p.m.) Design an extreme craft pumpkin. Make-It Take-It with purchase of pumpkin. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. This event is hosted by The Knack.


— Sunday, October 9, 2011: Paper Bat Event (1-3 p.m.) Go batty this All Hallows’ Eve. FREE Make-It Take-It. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. This event is hosted by The Knack.


— Saturday, October 22, 2011: Halloween T-Shirt Event (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) Make a fun scary spider T-shirt. Make-It Take-It with purchase of shirt. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. This event is hosted by The Knack.

— Tuesday, October 25, 2011: Paper Pumpkin Event (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) Grace your home with ghoulish decor. FREE Make-It Take-It. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. This event is hosted by The Knack.


— Wednesday, October 26, 2011: Halloween Visor Event (6-8 p.m.) Create a crafty visor for Halloween fun. Make-It Take-It with purchase of visor. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. This event is hosted by The Knack.


— Thursday, October 27, 2011: Halloween Mask Event (6-8 p.m.)
Make your own masquerade mask. Make-It Take-It with purchase of mask. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. This event is hosted by The Knack.


— Friday, October 28, 2011: Halloween Clay Pot Event (6-8 p.m.) Design your own adorable clay pot creations. Make-It Take-It with purchase of clay pot (3″ clay pot only $0.50). Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. This event is hosted by The Knack.


— Saturday, October 29, 2011: Halloween Extravaganza Event! (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Join the Costume Parade, create trick-or-treat Duck Tape totes or pails and get kids faces painted. Schedule as follows:
— Duck Tape Pail or Tote: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. featuring Make-It Take-It with purchase of pail or tote, while supplies last.
— FREE Face Painting: 12-1:30 p.m.
— Halloween Parade: 1:30-2 p.m.


— Sunday, October 30, 2011: Halloween Crayola® Pumpkin Patch Event (1-3 p.m.) Celebrate Crayola® style. FREE Make-It Take-It. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last.

Address:
Locate a Michael’s store near you.

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WFamily Fun Days
Time: 4 p.m.
Date: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
Location: Westfield Brandon (Playspace) & Westfield Citrus Park (Macy’s Court)
Cost: FREE; Activities are FREE for our Westfield Family members. Not a member? Visit the Mall Information Kiosk to get your FREE membership card.
Info: Brandon Shopping Mall Website; Citrus Park Mall Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids for FREE activities on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, and enjoy stories, snacks, crafts and more.

October’s theme: Music Makes Me Dance.

— Thursday, October 6: Join us as we read Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig and Charlie Parker Played Be Bop. Kids will be treated to a few Charlie Parker tunes, a healthy snack, and each kid will design their own guitar to take home.

— Thursday, October 20: Let’s continue the celebration of music as we read Ella Sets the Stage and The Maestro Plays. Kids will create their own instruments (rain sticks and tambourines), and enjoy a healthy snack.

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

Westfield Citrus Park
8021 Citrus Park Town Center
Tampa FL 33625

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Your public Library offers FREE craft events and activities for kids and families, too!

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM CRAFT EVENTS
Below are some highlights of events being offered around Hillsborough County in October. Be sure to visit the Hillsborough County Public Library online event calendar to see all the events planned for this month!

~~~ Saturday, October 1, 2011 ~~~

Big Picture Party (10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; SouthShore Regional Library)
Celebrate illustrations! Participate in a drawing lesson! Join us for this special program where each family member will illustrate and make their own book. This family program is part of the Big Draw-Ruskin program and is funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. For grades K-3rd. Registration is required. Please ask at the information desk or call 273-3652.

Mad Hatter Tea Party (2-3 p.m.; John F. Germany Public Library)
Come and celebrate your UN-birthday at the library in Mad Hatter style! Sip tea and munch on cookies while we play games, decorate hats, and read a story or two.

~~~ Monday, October 3 & 17, 2011 ~~~

Pee Wee Artists Let’s Create! (10:30-11:15 a.m.; SouthShore Regional Library)
Pee Wee Artists 3-5 years will have a fun morning creating art with our art instructor. Adult must be present. Limit 15. Registration required at SouthShore Regional Library or by phone 273-3652.

~~~ Monday, October 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 2011 ~~~

Wee Artists (11:30-11:50 a.m.; Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library)
Arts and crafts for preschoolers and their caregivers, featuring projects just right for little hands. Funded by the Friends of the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library. Limit of 25. For ages 3-5 years.

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PASCO COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM CRAFT EVENTS
Visit the various Pasco County Libraries online to find out what’s going on in October. The online calendar has a list of events happening at each library. Here are some highlights of events that include crafts:

~~~ Saturday, October 15, 2011 ~~~

Children’s Craft Corner (2-4 p.m.; New River Branch Location)
Make a cool craft and bring it home! This program is for grades k – 5 and is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Creepy Critters and Candy Corn! (2-3:30 p.m.; South Holiday Branch Location)
It’s That Time of Year for Spooky Fun! Come and Create Some Creepy Critter Crafts. For Grades K – 5.

Kid’s Craft Corner!! (2-3:30 p.m.; Hudson Branch Location)
Join Ms. Cindy at 2pm to make a Spooky Pumpkin Patch & Vampire Lollipops!!

Kids Crafts (2-3:30 p.m.; Land O’Lakes Branch Location)
Join us for a holiday or seasonal themed craft for the whole family. Sponsored by the Friends of the Land O’ Lakes Library.

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PINELLAS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM CRAFT EVENTS
Visit the various Pinellas County Libraries online to find out what’s going on in October. The online calendar has a list of events happening at each library. Here are some highlights of events that include crafts:

~~~ Wednesday, October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2011 ~~~

Bright Minds Preschool Storytime (10:30-11:45 a.m.; Clearwater Main Library)
(Ages 3-6)Children and caregivers will enjoy participating in age appropriate literacy activities including stories, songs, and a craft. Younger siblings welcome.

~~~ Friday, October 14, 2011 ~~~

Halloween Crafts with Miss Connie (2-3 p.m.; Clearwater Main Library)
(Grades K and up) Children will create fun crafts for Halloween.

Preschool Halloween Crafts (2-3 p.m.; Clearwater Main Library)
Preschoolers will have fun creating simple Halloween Crafts.

~~~ Thursday, October 27, 2011 ~~~

Halloween Arts/Crafts & Storytime (6 p.m.; Clearwater Beach Library)
Make fun Halloween arts and crafts, and enjoy a Storytime Program as well. For children 7 years old and younger.

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Piñata Party

Piñata made from a cereal boxTime: 2-4:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, September 23, 2011
Location: Clearwater Public Library – North Greenwood Library
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Kids will learn how to make easy piñatas out of cereal boxes and enjoy Chipotle snacks. (Note: Supplies are limited.)

Address:
Clearwater Public Library – North Greenwood Library
905 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33755

Create Your Own Eric Carle-Inspired Masterpiece!

Time: 1-1:30 p.m.
Rooster by Eric CarleDate: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Location: John F. Germany Public Library
Cost: FREE, but registration is required: e-mail librarykids@hillsboroughcounty.org
Info: (813) 273-3652; Website

What’s Doing?
Kids are invited to read and then create their own Eric Carle-inspired masterpieces. For ages 5 to 8.

Address:
John F. Germany Public Library
900 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

Find more great events for kids and families at Hillsborough County Public Libraries!

September 2011 FREE Crafts for Kids

If your kids are anything like ours, they love to make crafts. And us Moms love FREE crafts! Well, there are so many opportunities for your kids to make FREE crafts all over town, it will keep you all hoppin’. Just take a look at what’s going on!

Because we will be adding to this list throughout the month, please remember to check back often.

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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

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JoAnn FREE Make-it Take-it for Grandparent’s Day
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2011
Location: JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store
Cost: FREE
Info: This was found in the JoAnn shopper included in Sunday, September 4 newspapers

What’s Doing?
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has planned a fun in-store project to help kids show grandmothers and grandfathers how much they are appreciated this Grandparents’ Day. Children can use colorful Perler® beads to create an special gift for grandma and grandpa.

Address:
Locate a JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store near you.

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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: Ongoing
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 & crafts activities.

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

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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 the Museum offers a drop-in art program where you can let your children explore their creativity. The activity takes place in the Golding-Scher classroom. The art projects 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 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602

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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. Here’s what’s planned for September:

Saturday, September 3: Back-to-School Backpack Tag — Now backpacks will stand out from the pack–with a colorful, apple-shaped kids can decorate any way they like!
Saturday, September 10: Personalized Desktop Caddy — Create a caddy for school supplies–with a friend or farm animal to hold them all!
Saturday, September 17: Make-Your-Own Fossil — Children learn all about fossils…with an age-old craft project that’s sure to make a lasting impression!
Saturday, September 24: Autumn Pop-Up Card — Outside the leaves are falling…but they’ll be jumping out of children’s pop-up cards! Celebrate the new season with a pop-up card that brings autumn to life!

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

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KRAFTS FOR KIDZ 2011 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 E. 7th Avenue
Ybor City, FL, 33605

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KIDS WORKSHOP AT HOME DEPOT
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2011
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 each time they attend. Upon completing the project, they will receive an acheivement 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.)

Saturday, September 3
This game board is a great place to practice your plays for when you are coaching your own team. See what kind of maneuvers you can come up with. Or it can be a fun way to keep track of your favorite team through-out the season!

Address:
Locate a Home Depot store near you.

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LOWE’S BUILD AND GROW
Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2011 & Saturday, September 24, 2011
Location: All Lowe’s Stores
Cost: FREE
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 for each time they attend. Upon completing the project, the child participating will receive a certificate and embroidered patch to add to their apron.

Saturday, September 10
Be sure to bring the kids to this workshop to make a real flashing police car! Once the kids piece together this police car from scratch, the officers driving are ready to catch the bad guys.

Saturday, September 24
Watch Out! The fire truck is coming through! You’ll be sure to hear this when the siren is sending out the alarm. This fire truck has a real working siren on top. After the kids have put this together, they get to apply the stickers so it really comes to life saving lives.

Address:
Locate a Lowe’s Store near you.

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Ikea
The Friday night FREE kids meals and “Friday Night is Family Night” activities ended on August 26, 2011. In September, Ikea begins their new “Tuesday Kids Eat Free” offer. They will be replacing their kid’s activites will be replaced by other free children’s activities throughout the year, beginning in October; we will post the dates and activities when they become available.

Address:
Ikea Tampa
1103 N. 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33605

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MICHAEL’S IN-STORE CRAFTS
Time: See below
Date: See below
Location: Michael’s Stores
Cost: Varies by craft; see below
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Michael’s is celebrating Grandparent’s Day with some handmade crafts that the grandparents in your child’s life will be sure to enjoy for years to come.

Saturday, September 3: Grandparents Day Card Event (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Wish the grandparents a joyous day with a handmade card. FREE Make-It Take-It. While supplies last. Ages 3 & up.

Sunday, September 4: Grandparents Day Frame Event (1-3 p.m.)
Celebrate grandparents Day with a personalized frame. Make-It Take-It with purchase of a frame. While supplies last. Ages 3 & up.

Saturday, September 24: American Girl™ Event (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Bring your doll and cook up some fun! FREE Make-It Take-It breakfast plate and chef hat. While supplies last. Ages 3 & up.

Address:
Locate a Michael’s Store near you.

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WFamily Fun Days
Time: 4 p.m.
Date: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
Location: Westfield Brandon (Playspace) & Westfield Citrus Park (Macy’s Court)
Cost: FREE
Info: Brandon Shopping Mall Website; Citrus Park Mall Website

Fall happy boyWhat’s Doing?
The theme for September’s events is “Fall for Fun.” Here’s what you and the kids will be enjoying this month:

Thursday, September 1: Kids will have fun listening to the stories How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, and Count Down to Fall. Afterward, kids will enjoy a snack and make a button and felt wreath to decorate their home for fall.
Special for Brandon Guests: In addition to the story, snack and craft, WalkWise Tampa Bay will offer a FREE 15-minute interactive pedestrian safety presentation for the entire family, just in time for kids returning to school.

Thursday, September 15: Today’s featured books include Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, and The Busy Little Squirrel. Kids will also create a fall leaf crown and enjoy some snacks.

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

Westfield Citrus Park
8021 Citrus Park Town Center
Tampa FL 33625

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Your public Library offers FREE craft events and activities for kids and families, too!

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM CRAFT EVENTS
Below are some highlights of events being offered around Hillsborough County in September. Be sure to visit the Hillsborough County Public Library online event calendar to see all the events planned for this month!

~~~ September 1 ~~~

Creative Artists Let’s Create! (6:30-7:30 p.m.; SouthShore Regional Library)
Creative Artists ages 7-10 years join art instructor Tim Gibbons for a fun evening of art. Students will leave with a finished project. Adult must be present. Limit 20. Registration reguired at SouthShore Regional Library. Call 273-3652 or visit the Information Desk at SouthShore Regional Library.

Wee Artists Let’s Create! (6:30-7:15 p.m.; SouthShore Regional Library)
Wee Artists ages 3-6 years join art instructor Cory Wright for a fun evening of art. Students will leave with a finished project. Adult must be present. Limit 15. Registration reguired at Southshore Regional Library. Call 273-3652 or visit the Information desk at SouthShore Regional Library.

~~~ Saturday, September 3 ~~~

Silly Saturday (2-3 p.m.; John F. Germany Public Library)
Got the Back-to-School Blues? Get cured at the Library! Join us for silly stories, crazy crafts and goofy games sure to lift your spirits.

~~~ Wednesday, September 7 ~~~

Fiesta Toddler Time (10:15-10:45 a.m.; Seminole Heights Branch Library)
Join the celebration at our reading Fiesta. Stories & music from many countries will be experienced. A pinata craft for all will follow the program. For ages 2-3 years with caregiver

~~~ Saturday, September 10 ~~~

Learn the Art of Origami (4-5:30 p.m.; Bloomingdale Regional Public Library)
Bring the entire family to learn the art of Japanese paper folding. Transform paper into amazing 3D creations. No origami experience necessary. Paper is provided. Teens; Register at the Ask Me Desk, or by calling (813) 273-3625.

~~~ Wednesday, September 14 ~~~

Ecokids (3-4 p.m.; Brandon Regional Library)
Enjoy books about the natural world, and make an earth-friendly craft to take home. For children in grades 1-5. Seating limit: 20.

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PASCO COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM CRAFT EVENTS
Visit the various Pasco County Libraries online to find out what’s going on in September. The online calendar has a list of events happening at each library. Here are some highlights of events that include crafts:

~~~ Wednesday, September 7, 14, 21 & 28 ~~~

Preschool Storytime with Miss Lyn (12-12:40 p.m.; Hugh Embry Branch Library)
Bring your little ones for stories, songs, and crafts with Miss Lyn! Age 3-5 with parent/caregiver.

~~~ Saturday, September 10 ~~~

Children’s Craft Corner (2-4 p.m.; New River Library)
Make a neat craft and take it home. Grades K-5.

~~~ Saturday, September 17 ~~~

Kids Crafts (2-3:30 p.m.; Land O’Lakes Branch Library)
Come make a holiday or themed craft. Elementary ages.

“Love Your Library” Elementary Age Crafts (2-3:30 p.m.; South Holiday Branch Library)
Create cool crafts at your library for Library Card Registration Month. Grades K-5.

~~~ Tuesday, September 20 ~~~

Family Night Out (6:30-7:30 p.m.; Land O’Lakes Branch Library)
The 3rd Tuesday of every month is Family Night Out. Each month features a different theme with stories, crafts and other activities the entire family can enjoy. All ages.

~~~ Saturday, September 24 ~~~

Fall Tween Program: Native American Crafts (2-4 p.m.; Centennial Park Branch Library)
Make Native American crafts to take home. Grades 4-7.

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PINELLAS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM CRAFT EVENTS
Visit the various Pinellas County Libraries online to find out what’s going on in September. The online calendar has a list of events happening at each library. Here are some highlights of events that include crafts:

~~~ Thursday, September 1 ~~~

Preschool Story Time (Starts at 10:30 a.m.; Dunedin Public Library)
Join us for a fun time as we enjoy thematic books, songs, finger plays, literature-based movies and crafts. Each week we will focus on early literacy skills important to reading development. Ages 3-5.

~~~ Friday, September 2, 16, 23 & 30 ~~~

** There will be NO STORY HOUR ON SEPTEMBER 9! **

Wild Things Story Time & Art Class (10:30 a.m.; Gulf Beaches Library)
Come for a fun morning of stories, puppets, songs and finger plays, followed by an art/craft class at 11 a.m. Ages 2-4

~~~ Tuesday, September 6 ~~~

Tiny Tales @ the Dunedin Community Center (11 a.m.; Dunedin Public Library)
Take part in a morning of stories, finger plays, songs and a craft. September’s theme is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Ages 5 & under

~~~ Wednesday, September 7 ~~~

Paper Plate Productions (10:30 a.m.; Clearwater Public Library System – Countryside Branch)
Drama, crafts and stories! Ages 3-5.

~~~ Wednesday, September 7, 14, 21 & 28 ~~~

Bright Minds Preschool Story Time (10:30-11:45 a.m.; Clearwater Public Library System – Main Library & Offices)
Children and their caregivers will enjoy participating in age-appropriate stories, songs and a craft. Ages 3-6; Younger siblings are welcome.

~~~ Saturday, September 10 ~~~

Back-to-School ASL Storytelling Event (1 p.m.; Deaf Literacy Center – @ Safety Harbor Public Library)
This program will be held at Safety Harbor Library Art Park. Enjoy fun ASL stories, crafts, signed music, and more. Bring food to share and lawn chairs.

~~~ Sunday, September 18 ~~~

Sunday Fun Days (1-4:30 p.m.; Dunedin Public Library)
Stop by the Storytime Room any time to make a special craft. This month’s theme is “Fall Colors.” All ages

~~~ Thursday, September 22 ~~~

Lumberjack Junior (4:30 p.m.; Dunedin Public Library)
Travel back in time to discover life as a lumberjack and lumberjill. Play games, make a craft and have a mountain of fun! Ages 5 – 12; Registration required and begins two weeks prior to program.

~~~ Friday, September 23 ~~~

Creative Book Cooks The Very Hungry Caterpillar (10:30 a.m.; Dunedin Public Library)
Join your little one in the kitchen with a book, and enjoy a snack, craft and film. Ages 5 & under; Registration required and begins two weeks prior to program.

Skippyjon Jones Party (4 p.m.; Gulf Beaches Library)
Don’t miss the party! You’re invited to come and enjoy Mexican crafts, dance the Mexican Hat Dance, eat chips and salsa, and listen to Ms. Travis reading Skippyjon Jones in her very bad Spanish accent. Ages 4-12

Westfield Family Fun Days Celebrates Fall

Fall happy boyWestfield Citrus Park and Westfield Brandon host Westfield Family Fun Days on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. The theme for September’s events is “Fall for Fun.” Here’s what you and the kids will be enjoying this month:

Time: 4 p.m.
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2011
Location: Westfield Citrus Park (Macy’s Court) & Westfield Brandon (Play Space)
Cost: FREE (WFamily events are FREE for all WFamily members. Sign up for your FREE membership today.)
Info: Citrus Park Citrus Park Website

What’s Doing?
Kids will have fun listening to the stories How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, and Count Down to Fall. Afterward, kids will enjoy a snack and make a button and felt wreath to decorate their home for fall.

Special for Brandon Guests: In addition to the story, snack and craft, WalkWise Tampa Bay will offer a FREE 15-minute interactive pedestrian safety presentation for the entire family, just in time for kids returning to school.

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Time: 4 p.m.
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Location: Westfield Citrus Park (Macy’s Court) & Westfield Brandon (Play Space)
Cost: FREE (WFamily events are FREE for all WFamily members. Sign up for your FREE membership today.)
Info: Citrus Park Citrus Park Website

What’s Doing?
Today’s featured books include Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, and The Busy Little Squirrel. Kids will also create a fall leaf crown and enjoy some snacks.

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

Westfield Brandon
459 Brandon Town Center
Brandon FL 33511

 
 

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Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge when I publish each event. However, event hosts can reschedule, change or cancel any event at any time. Consequently, I highly recommend both calling ahead and having a back-up plan.

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