Seminole Family 2013 Winter Fest & Tree Lighting

City of Seminole 2013 Winter Fest and Tree Lighting FlyerTime: 5-9 p.m.
Date: Friday, December 13, 2013
Location: Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex
Cost: FREE admission; Food/drinks will be available for purchase
Info: City of Seminole Website; City of Seminole Online PlayZone Magazine (PDF) (scroll down to the last page to see the Winter Fest flyer)

What’s Doing?
Join friends and family for The City of Seminole’s annual tree lighting event and holiday festival featuring lots of family winter fun!
— Tree lighting ceremony
— Snow hill
— Holiday performances
— Bounce houses
— Hayrides
— Crafts
— Special guest, Santa Claus

Address:
Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex
9100 113th Street North
Seminole, FL 33772

RELATED LINKS:
1. Your Guide to 2013 Holiday Events in Tampa Bay
2. Tierra Verde’s 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Family Fun Day
3. 14th Annual Main Street Holidays

Snowflakes image courtesy of Kittikun Atsawintarangkul / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
2013 Winter Fest and Tree Lighting flyer image courtesy of the City of Seminole

Children’s Story Time and Author Signing at The Revolution Ice Cream Co.

Hi, God by Author K.D. BrownTime: 1-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Location: The Revolution Ice Cream Co.
Cost: The story time is FREE; Purchase ice cream and copies of the books for the author to sign
Info: (813) 857-3250; The Revolution Ice Cream Co.

What’s Doing?
Meet local Mom and author K.D. Brown at The Revolution Ice Cream Co., where she will be holding a story time and book signing for her two newly released books — Four Lucky Leaves and Hi, God. She will be reading Four Lucky Leaves at 1:30 p.m. and Hi, God at 2:30 p.m. Purchase a copy of the books to have signed by the author herself during the event.
Four Lucky Leaves by Author K.D. Brown
Address:
The Revolution Ice Cream Co.
220 West Brandon Boulevard
Brandon, FL 33511

RELATED LINKS:
1. Black Friday 2013: Kid-friendly Events for Families to Enjoy
2. Center Place Celebrates the Holidays: Santa’s Workshop, Tree Lighting & Holiday Revue
3. Your Guide to 2013 Holiday Events in Tampa Bay

Ice cream cone image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
“Hi, God” book cover image © 2013 K.D. Brown/Tate Publishing

Kids-A-Million Grand Opening at Westfield Brandon

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Location: Westfield Brandon
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 661-6255; Westfield Brandon Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Books-A-Million will celebrate the addition of Kids-A-Million, a completely redesigned specialty department, with a family fun day event. Activities will include:
— 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Giveaways and drawings (The first 200 kids will receive a goody bag, plus a chance to win a $200 BAM! Gift Card, a Nook HD+ or many other items throughout the day)
— 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Face painting
— 12-2 p.m.: Dr. Who 50th Anniversary Celebration with kid’s activities and costume contest (Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd 3rd place)
— 1-3 p.m.: Balloon artist
— 2-4 p.m.: LEGO® Event (FREE LEGO® item to build for the first 60 kids)

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

RELATED LINKS:
1. Heroes Standing Up Against Cancer Super Family Fun Day
2. Black Friday 2013
3. Casting Call for the Junior League of Manatee County’s American Girl Fashion Show

Kids Color Sihouettes image courtesy of Vlado / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

FREE Family Christmas Photos at Bay Chapel

Bay Chapel FREE Family Christmas Photos
Time: Before and after the service (Times are available between 8:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.)
Date: Sunday, November 24, 2014 & Sunday, December 1, 2013
Location: Bay Chapel
Cost: FREE, but registration is required
Info: (813) 406-0367; Bay Chapel Christmas Photo Registration Page

What’s Doing?
For the next 2 Sundays, Bay Chapel will be offering FREE family photos at the church. You will receive a card at the time of your portrait with instructions on how to download and print your high-resolution image from Bay Chapel’s Flickr account.

Address:
Bay Chapel
9020 Imperial Oak Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33647

RELATED LINKS:
1. FREE Mini-photo Session for IKEA FAMILY Members
2. 2013 Huseman Family Light Spectacular
3. Turkey Time Story and Craft at Gymboree Stores

Christmas Tree image courtesy of phanlop88 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Free Family Christmas Photos flyer image courtesy of Bay Chapel

Thank you to Wes Morris, lead Pastor at Bay Chapel, for letting me know about this event!

St. Petersburg Tree Lighting & Giant Greeting Card Display

Time: 5-7:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, November 29, 2013
Location: North Straub Park
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 893-7441; St. Petersburg Events Calendar

What’s Doing?
Head to North Straub Park for activities beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the lighting of the Christmas Tree and waterfront park lights at 7 p.m. Stroll along the pedestrian walkway that fronts St. Petersburg’s waterfront to enjoy the thousands of holiday lights, unique snowflake lights, and decorations in both North and South Straub Parks.

Giant Greeting Cards
Be sure to see the display of Giant Greeting Card made by local teens at St. Petersburg Recreation Centers along Bayshore Drive at Vinoy Park.

Address:
North Straub Park
Beach Drive and 5th Avenue NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

RELATED LINKS:
1. Kidgits is Teaming Up With “Dispicable Me 2″ This Holiday Season
2. Your Guide to 2013 Holiday Events in Tampa Bay
3. 2013 Holiday Gifts Guide and Special Holiday Giveaways

Christmas tree image courtesy of phanlop88 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Cadence Bank Fall Festival Charity Extravaganza

Time: 10 a.m.
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Location: Cadence Bank (Regency Crossing Branch)
Cost: FREE, but guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit The Volunteer Way
Info: (727) 842-7600

What’s Doing?
Start your holiday shopping browsing local vendor and crafter booths and enjoy refreshments from local eateries. There will be activities for kids, as well.

Address:
Cadence Bank (Regency Crossing Branch)
7001 Ridge Road
Port Richey, FL 34668

RELATED LINKS:
1. Kidgits is Teaming Up With “Dispicable Me 2? This Holiday Season
2. 2nd Annual Wilderness Wonderland: Celebration of Lights Drive-thru Event
3. Oldsmar Annual Bike Safety Rodeo

Leaf image courtesy of Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Book-a-Million Family Fun Day

Time: 12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Location: Books-A-Million at Westfield Brandon
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 571-2062; Westfield Brandon Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids to the book store for special character meet-and-greets, crafts and more.

While you’re there, visit Santa Claus in Center Court near Red Robin. (NOTE: Santa’s reindeer take breaks from 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday. You will also want to be aware that the line may close up to 2 hours early at break and closing times to accommodate those in line. Click here for Santa’s visiting hours.

Address:
Books-A-Million
Westfield Brandon
459 Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 33511

RELATED LINKS:
1. FREE (Or Almost FREE) Crafts for Kids: November 2013
2. FREE In-store Events at Tampa Bay Area Barnes & Noble Stores: November 2013
3. Your Guide to 2013 Holiday Events in Tampa Bay

Little girl with teddy bear image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

11th Annual Carrollwood VillageFest 2013

Carrollwood VillageFest 2013 FlyerTime: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Location: Dan Ruskiewicz Field (Carrollwood Village Soccer Fields)
Cost: Admission is FREE; Food/drinks and other items will be available for purchase; Parking is available at the Carrollwood Cultural Center $2/vehicle
Info: (813) 842-7066; Carrollwood Village Website (Click on the VillageFest ad in the right-hand sidebar)

What’s Doing?
In it’s eleventh year, this annual event features live entertainment, food by local restaurants, and lots of booths for holiday gift shopping, as well a fun activities for the kids, including:
— Inflatables
— Crafts
— Pony rides
— Pictures with Santa Claus

Address:
Dan Ruskiewicz Field (Carrollwood Village Soccer Fields)
South Village Drive & Casey/Lowell Roads
Tampa, FL 33618

RELATED LINKS:
1. Happy Hippo Birthday Party with Radio Disney
2. Chick-fil-A at Westfield Citrus Park November Mommy & Me Play Date
3. Tickets to Go On Sale Nov. 15 for the JLMC 6th Annual American Girl Fashion

Orange balloons image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Carrollwood VillageFest 2013 flyer image courtesy of Carrollwood Village

Fall Family Fun Fest and Food Truck Rally

Palma Ceia Fall Family Fun Fest & Food Truck Rally FlyerTime: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Location: Palma Ceia United Methodist Church
Cost: FREE admission and parking; PCUMC will sell water to raise money for Stop Hunger Now; Purchase food/drinks from Food Trucks (cash and credit)
Info: (813) 837-1541; Palma Ceia UMC Website

What’s Doing?
Festivities at this inaugural event are FREE and include:
— Inflatables
— Face painting
— Balloon artist
— Music
— Food Trucks (coordinated by Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally; cash and credit cards will be accepted)

Even Better! Get one more use out of those Halloween costumes this season! Costumes are welcome.

Address:
Palma Ceia United Methodist Church
3723 Bay to Bay Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33629

RELATED LINKS:
1. Pinellas Pioneer Settlement Family Fun Activities Day & 4th Annual Chili Cook-off
2. Experience Authentic Music, Dancing and Food at the 33rd Annual AutumnFest
3. Get FREE Admission to MOSI Tampa on PwC Math Mondays

Leaf image courtesy of Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Family Fun Fest flyer image courtesy of Palma Ceia United Methodist Church

Open House and FREE Books & Art for Kids Party

FREE Books and Art for Kids Party FlyerTime: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Location: NEW Community Learning Center
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Info: (813) 601-8218; Community Learning Center Website

What’s Doing?
will be able to tutor over 300 kids per week. To encourage kids to read, Community Learning Center will once again host a Free Kids Book Giveaway. Bring your family to this fun event for:
— FREE gently-used books for kids
— Art and face painting
— Performance by Clockwork (a cappella group)
— Snacks starting at 10:30 a.m.
— Information for parents on helping your kids
— Storytelling by local author
— Art Exhibit
— Ceramics for sale to benefit the Center

Even Better! Bess the Book Bus will be joining the fun!

Bring the kids to pick out some books (each child may take home up to five gently-used books) and enjoy a snack, arts and crafts, and a children’s book author or storytelling group reading or performing for the kids.

Address:
Community Learning Center
1411 North Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33755

RELATED LINKS:
1. FREE In-store Events at Tampa Bay Area Barnes & Noble Stores: November 2013
2. 7th Annual Pasco Kids First Family Fun Day
3. Pony Tails Farm Fall Festival 2013

Stack of toppling books image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Free Books and Art for Kids Party flyer image courtesy of Community Learning Center

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