FREE Crafts for Kids: November 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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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: 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 & 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.

Saturday, November 5: Portrait of a City – create an abstract cityscape (pastels)
Saturday, November 12: Cityscape – become an urban planner and design a three dimensional city
Saturday, November 19: Surprise supplies – create an original work of art choosing from our “grab bag” of materials

** 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 that go along with the month or season. Here’s what’s planned for November:

Saturday, November 5: Let’s Eat! Place Mat – Kids add a festive fall look to the big feast–with colorful, Thanksgiving-themed place mats!
Saturday, November 12: Silly Scarecrow – Children will flock to our craft tables to create this friendly, wild-eyed scarecrow!
Saturday, November 19: Terrific Turkey Centerpiece – This terrific turkey centerpiece adds a festive touch to your Thanksgiving table!
Saturday, November 26: Autumn Wind Chime – Now children can hear the autumn breeze-on an earthy wind chime they make themselves!

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 November.

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, November 5: Honor the Veteran in your life with a patriotic picture frame. Get a picture of your child and the Veteran to put in the frame so the memories can last a lifetime.

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, November 12 & Saturday, November 19
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, 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.

Saturday, November 12:
Show your kids that science can be fun! Bring them to Lowe’s and they can build this science lab! Includes cards with cool experiments they can do at home! What else can your child discover?

Saturday, November 19:
Christmas is right around the corner! This kit is the perfect way to get your kids in the Christmas spirit! This fun Santa sleigh can be displayed all through the Christmas season.

Address:
Locate a Lowe’s store near you.

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Family Fun At IKEA Tampa!
Time: Starts at 11 a.m.
Date: November 11, 21, 22, 23, & 25
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, November 11, 2011 – Students can make a flag to honor our service men and women.
Monday, November 21, 2011 – Use your hand print to make a festive turkey decoration.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 – Use our PYSSLA craft beads to design and make a special decorative item.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 – Use our DUKTIG baking set to make cookies for your holiday guests
Friday, November 25, 2011 – Kick start the holiday season by making your own wrapping paper with our MALA paints.

* 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: Michaels 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 November.

Saturday, November 5: Upcycled Tote Bag Event (11 a.m.-12 p.m.) Upcycling–turning recycled materials into something great! Make-It Take-It with purchase of tote. Ages 3 & up. While supplies last.

Saturday, November 5: Veteran’s Day Flag Event (12-2 p.m.)
FREE Make-It Take-It. Ages 3 & up. While supplies last.

Sunday, November 6: Yarn Event (1-3 p.m.) FREE Make-It Take-It. Ages 3 & up. While supplies last.

Saturday, November 12: Button Ring (10-11 a.m.) Make-It Take-It with purchase of buttons. Ages 14 & up. While supplies last.

Sunday, November 13: Clay Pot Event (1-2 p.m.) Make-It Take-It with purchase of clay pot. Ages 3 & up. While supplies last.

Sunday, November 20: Thankful Event (1-3 p.m.)
FREE Make-It Take-It. Ages 3 & up. While supplies last.

Address:
Locate a Michaels Store near you.

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WFamily Fun Days
Time: 4-5 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 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.

November’s theme: Outer Space

Thursday, November 3: We´re kicking off our November series with story time reading of “I Want To Be An Astronaut” and “Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me”. Kids will design their own papier-mâché telescope to take home, and enjoy a healthy snack.

Thursday, November 17: Let’s continue the celebration of Outer Space as we read “A is for Astronaut: Exploring space from A to Z” and “Roaring Rockets (Amazing Machines)” and “On the Moon”. Kids will decorate their own outer space foam glasses, put together a rocket flinger flyer, and enjoy another healthy snack as we conclude our space series.

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 November. Be sure to visit the Hillsborough County Public Library online event calendar to see all the events planned for this month!

~~~ Tuesday, November 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 2011 ~~~

Family Time:(7-7:30 p.m.; Brandon Regional Library)
Join Library staff for an evening of reading and entertainment for the entire family. Something different will be offered each week: stories, music, crafts, movies, games and other interactive activities. Stop in and be a part of the fun!

~~~ Wednesday, November 2, 9, & 16 2011 ~~~

Family Time: (6-8 p.m.; Bloomingdale Regional Public Library)
Join Library staff for an evening of reading and entertainment for the entire family. Something different will be offered each week: stories, music, crafts, movies, games and other interactive activities. Stop in and be a part of the fun!

~~~ Thursday, November 3, 10, & 17 2011 ~~~

Family Story Time: (7-7:30 p.m.; SouthShore Regional Library)
Make reading time family time. Stories, action rhymes, songs, interactive activities, and crafts make up this fun 30-minute program that celebrates a love of reading. Children may wear pajamas and bring a blanket and favorite cuddly toy. This program is for children age 2-5 with a caregiver.

~~~ Saturday, November 5, 2011 ~~~

Holiday Tee-Shirt Design! (10:30-11:15 a.m.; SouthShore Regional Library)
Wee Artists 3-6 years will create a design that will be transfered to a tee-shirt. Please bring in a clean white tee-shirt. This program is limited to 15 artists. Adult/caregiver must be present. Please register at the SouthShore Regional Library Information desk or call (813) 273-3652.

Princess Party: (1-2 p.m.; Temple Terrace Public Library)
Come share in our celebration of all things princess. Listen to princess stories, play games, and make princess crowns.

~~~ Monday, November 7, 14, 21, & 28 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. This program is limited to 25 children age 3-5.

~~~ Monday, November 7, 2011 ~~~

Create Your Own Holiday Gifts: (3:30 p.m.; Austin Davis Public Library)
Don’t know what gift to give to that special person this holiday season? Come in and make the perfect gift for somebody special. There will be several holiday gifts to choose from, or make them all!

~~~ Wednesday, November 9, 2011 ~~~

Ecokids: (3-4 p.m.; Brandon Regional Library)
Enjoy books about the natural world, and make an earth-friendly craft to take home. This program is for children in Grades 1-5, and seating is limited to 20 kids.

~~~ Saturday, November 12, 2011 ~~~

Native American Story Hour: (2:30-3:15 p.m.; Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library)
Make a totem pole and listen to Native American stories. This program if for kids in Grades K-5.

~~~ Monday, November 21, 2011 ~~~

Crafterschool: Holidays Edition: (1-2 p.m.; New Tampa Regional Library)
Kids are invited to make a gift for the holidays.

~~~ Wednesday, November 23, 2011 ~~~

Winnie The Pooh Book Series Story Time : (11-11:45 a.m.; Seminole Heights Branch Library)
Celebrate this beloved book series with stories,fingerplays, songs, and a craft. This program is for children ages 3-5 years. Seating is limited to 20 children plus their parent/care givers.

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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 November. The online events calendar has a list of events happening at each library. Here are some highlights of events that include crafts:

~~~ Wednesday, November 2, 9, 16, & 30 2011 ~~~

Preschool Storytime with Miss Lyn! (12-12:40 p.m.; Hugh Embry Branch Location)
Children ages 3-5 with parent/guardian are invited to enjoy stories, songs, and crafts with Miss Lyn.

~~~ Saturday, November 5, 2011 ~~~

Fall Elementary Program: Thanksgiving Craft (2-4 p.m.; Centennial Park Branch Location)
Come and join Library staff to make crafts that GOBBLE.

~~~ Tuesday, November 15, 2011 ~~~

Family Night Out! (6:30-7:30 p.m.; Land O’Lakes Branch Location)
The 3rd Tuesday of the month is Family Night Out! Each month is a different theme and families can enjoy stories, crafts, and other activities together.

~~~ Saturday, November 19, 2011 ~~~

Children’s Craft Corner (2-3:30 p.m.; New River Branch Location)
Make a cool craft and bring it home! This program is for grades K-5.

Kid’s Craft Corner!! (2-3:30 p.m.; Hudson Branch Location)
Join Ms. Cindy to make a Thanksgiving Banner and Native Americans and Pilgrims.

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.

~~~ Sunday, November 20, 2011 ~~~

Sunday Fun Day (1-4:30 p.m.; Dunedin Public Library)
Stop in the Youth Department on Sunday, November 20th, for a special make and take craft. This month’s theme is “Harvest Fun!” This program is for youth of all ages, and no registration is required.

~~~ Tuesday, November 29, 2011 ~~~

Little Hands Craft Club (11 a.m.; Dunedin Public Library)
Bring children age 2-5 to make apple prints. Registration is required.

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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 November. The online events calendar has a list of events happening at each library. Here are some highlights of events that include crafts:

~~~ November 1, 2011 ~~~

Curious Kids (10-11 a.m.; Largo Public Library – Children’s Program Room)
Join Library staff for themed stories, crafts, and music in this program designed for kids who are curious about the world around them. For children ages 3-5.

~~~ Monday, November 14, 2011 ~~~

Native American Story Time and Craft: Baby Rattlesnake (6:30 p.m.; Safety Harbor Public Library)
Safety Harbor Public Library is celebrating Native American Heritage Month with special story and craft events. Come hear the story of Baby Rattlesnake, and make a rattle out of natural materials and beads.

~~~ Tuesday, November 15, 2011 ~~~

Thanksgiving Day Craft (3-4 p.m.; Safety Harbor Public Library)
Make a turkey wreath to decorate your house for Thanksgiving Day!

~~~ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 ~~~

Get Crafty @ Your Library: All Ages Pine Cone Ornaments (2-4 p.m.; Safety Harbor Public Library)
Children of all ages are welcome to make beautiful holiday decorations from pine cones. Registration is required; call (727) 724-1525 x112 to sign up.

~~~ Monday, November 21, 2011 ~~~

Festival of Family (2-3 p.m.; Largo Public Library – Children’s Program Room)
Thanksgiving is a special time for families. Listen to stories and make a family tree craft. This program is suitable for all ages. Register in the Children’s Department.

Native American Storytime and Craft: Talking Feather (6:30 p.m.; Safety Harbor Public Library)
Safety Harbor Public Library is celebrating Native American Heritage Month with special story and craft events. Come hear the story of Baby Rattlesnake, and make a make a beautiful “talking feather” of your very own.

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