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

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

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

FREE School Physicals and More at Clearwater’s Children’s Health Fair

Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Location: Long Center
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 210-4211; Clearwater, FL Website

What’s Doing?
Children age 6 months-19 years can get FREE immunizations, school physicals, dental exams, vision screenings, hearing exams, scoliosis exams and more. (NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and you will need to bring their shot records.)

Even Better! A FREE hot dog lunch will be served.

Long Center
1501 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

1. 2013 Chick-fil-A® Cow Invasion of Tampa Bay & Cow Appreciation Day
2. Kids Eat FREE at Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes every Monday in July!
3. Get Musical at Kidgits Music Mania

Images courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Have Fun and Play Games at “Healthy! That’s Me!” Kids Health Day at UT

Healthy! That's Me! Kids Health Day at UT FlyerTime: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013
Location: University of Tampa
Cost: The event is FREE, and FREE event parking will be available on campus (look for signs)
Info: E-mail Lindsey at lpavlick@spartans.ut.edu for more information; P.E.A.C.E. Volunteer Center on Facebook

What’s Doing?
The P.E.A.C.E. Volunteer Center at the University of Tampa will host its first-ever “Healthy! That’s Me!” Kids Health Day for Bay area children and their families. Head over to the UT campus for a FREE day of health, fitness and fun as University of Tampa students provide games and activities to educate children on the importance of staying fit.

University of Tampa
401 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33606

1. Walmart Steak-over Challenge: Cheer On Your Local Firefighters
2. Fit Kids Playground: Find Us “Playin’ in the Park” April 2
3. 2013 Natural Birth & Baby Expo

Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of P.E.A.C.E. Volunteer Center at the University of Tampa

2013 BYOF (Bring Your Own Friends) Day @ IKEA Tampa

IKEA BYOF Day 2013 LogoTime: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Location: IKEA Tampa
Cost: FREE to attend (Register on the day of the event between 9-11:30 a.m. in the store lobby)
Info: RSVP on the IKEA Tampa Facebook Event Page

What’s Doing?
BYOF (Bring Your Own Friends) Day is happening once again at IKEA Tampa. Here’s how it works: Bring your friends for an in-store shopping event that offers special perks, activities and giveaways while you shop. Everyone is invited! Here are some highlights:
— IKEA will be giving away five $1,000 in IKEA gift cards throughout the day (Enter in the store Lobby when you register the morning of the event)
— FREE Chair Massages
— FREE decorating advice
— FREE food samples throughout the day
— FREE Life Improvement seminar
— Eat in the Restaurant and deduct your Restaurant total from any home furnishings purchase over $100
— Purchase an IKEA throw pillow and fabric and IKEA will sew your pillow cover for FREE (maximum of 2/customer; 16” x 24” or 20” x 20”)
— Twitter Picture Hunt Sweepstakes: Enter to win additional prizes on BYOF Day (Follow IKEA_Tampa on Twitter on March 9 for details.)

See the full BYOF Day 2013 schedule of activities.

RSVP on the 2013 BYOF Day at IKEA Tampa Facebook Event and get coupons you can print for:
(To get the coupons: RSVP to the event, then click on “see more” in the event description. In the copy that appears, you will find a link to open and print the coupons.)
— FREE IKEA Blue Bag (must present coupon)
— FREE small breakfast plate before 11am (must present coupon)

Even Better! For every RSVP (up to 25,000), IKEA Tampa will donate $1 to Save the Children’s Early Steps for School Success.

IKEA Tampa
1103 North 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33605

1. FREE (Or Almost FREE) Crafts for Kids: March 2013
2. Just Between Us: An American Girl Event for Parents and Daughters
3. California Pizza Kitchen Will Host Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Image courtesy of Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

Chili Cook-Off and Car Show at E.G. Simmons Park

Crushed Chili PeppersTime: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Location: E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW in Ruskin
Cost: $5/person for sampling chili; Park Entry Fee: $2/vehicle (up to eight people per car)
Info: For more information or to register as a cook, please contact the E.G. Simmons Park at (813) 671-7655; Hillsborough County FL Upcoming Events at Parks and Recreation Centers;

What’s Doing?
Check out the annual car show at 10 a.m. and enjoy the great outdoors. Attendees can purchase a chili bowl for $5 to taste the various chili recipes in the chili Cook-off contest beginning, which begins at noon.

E.G. Simmons Park
2401 19th Avenue NW
Ruskin, FL 33570

1. Fifth Third Bank “Too Good for Drugs” Jr. Gasparilla Classic Kids Event
2. February 2013 Kid’s Club Classes at Tampa & Carrollwood Whole Foods Markets
3. FREE Ice Dream® at Chick-fil-A, Westshore Plaza on Valentine’s Day

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of Paul / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

2012 Wesley Chapel Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch Pageant

Wesley Chapel Fall Festival LogoTime: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012 & Sunday, October 14, 2012
Location: The Grove at Wesley Chapel
Cost: FREE admission and parking; Food, arts and crafts, and more available for purchase
Info: (813) 221-2290; Wesley Chapel Chamber Website

What’s Doing?
In addition to an art and crafts show, the Wesley Chapel Fall Festival will also feature:
— Wesley Chapel Battle of the Wings contest
— Pumpkin Patch Pageant (Sunday)
— Pumpkin patch
— Pumpkin painting
— Hay rides
— Bounce houses
— Inflatable games
— Face painting
— Children’s crafts
… and more!

Pumpkin Patch Pageant 2012 FlyerPumpkin Patch Pageant
If you would like your Little Pumpkin age 3 months to 8 years old, contact Jennifer Cofini at jcofini@fordofwesleychapel.com for details. Registration will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 14, with a Contestant Parade following at 11:45 a.m. Little Miss Pumpkin Patch, Little Mr. Pumpkin Patch and their Pumpkin Court will be crowned, and up to $100 in cash — plus prizes — will be awarded. There is a $25 entry fee. Age categories include:
— 3 months-1 year
— 2-4 years
— 5-8 years

The Grove at Wesley Chapel
Oakley Boulevard
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

1. 5th Annual Fall Festival Fundraiser at Horsepower for Kids
2. St. James United Methodist Church Fall Festival 2012
3. Enjoy a Farmtastic Family Experience at The MAiZE

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Thanks to Jennifer C. for sending us information and the flyer for this event!

Waterset Grand Opening Festival: Food Trucks, Live Music, Games and Activities for All Ages

Waterset Grand Opening Festival October 6, 2012Time: 12-6 p.m.
Date: October 6, 2012
Location: Waterset
Cost: FREE
Info: Waterset FL Website

What’s Doing?
You’re invited to the Waterset by Newsland Communities Grand Opening Festival, and they have loads of fun planned for you! Not only will you get a chance to experience this new home community in Apollo Beach, you and your family will enjoy live music, games and activities for all ages, gourmet food truck tastings, and more. Tour the 9 new model homes (you may be surprised to know that this would be my 4-year-old’s favorite part of this event!), see The Landing Club & Café, and most of all … have fun!

At The Landing:
— Enjoy signature tastings in the Café
— Swim (children and adults!)
— Play water games
— Tour the Fitness Center
— Explore the Greenway

In the Kids Zone:
— Join in YMCA-led games and activities
— Participate in obstacle course races and Hamster Ball races

On the Trail:
— Check out the trail head
— Hike the trails
— Let the kids loose on the playgrounds
— Preview the dog park
— Get active on the fitness trail

At the Model Homes:
— Tour 9 new model homes
— Enjoy FREE tastings from gourmet food trucks

7012 Sail View Lane
Apollo Beach, FL 33572

1. Hydro Harvest Farms 2012 Pumpkin Patch & Boofest: The Patch Opens October 5!
2. Family Medical Care of Riverview Family Health Fair
3. Join in a Cinderella craft event at The Disney Store

Logo and Image: 2012 NNP

Family Medical Care of Riverview Family Health Fair

Family Health Fair 2012 Ad
Time: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Location: Family Medical Care of Riverview in Winthrop Town Center
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 677-8418

What’s Doing?
Meet the doctors at Family Medical Care of Riverview‘s newest location (opened March 2012) during this open house event. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and take a tour of the office. There will be FREE growth charts and face painting for the kids.

Family Medical Care of Riverview
(Building behind Regions Bank/2nd Floor)
6037 Winthrop Commerce Avenue
Riverview, FL 33578

1. Celebrate Chucktober 2012 at Chuck E. Cheese
2. Whole Foods Market Kids’ Club Class: Banana Ice Cream
3. Hyde Park Village 2012 Fall Festival: Trick-or-Treat & Pumpkin Patch Opening Night

Image: Master isolated images / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

2012 Tampa Bay Area CureSearch Walk: Enjoy a Fun Family Day in Support of Children’s Cancer Research

CureSearch Walk T-shirt (Back)

There is no minimum amount that you must raise in order to participate in the walk (beyond the walk fee). However, walkers who raise $100 or more will receive an official CureSearch Walk T-shirt.

Time: Registration opens and pre-walk activities begin at 9 a.m.; The Radio Disney Road Crew will be on-site from 9-11:30 a.m.; Opening Ceremony and Walk: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Location: South Straub Park
Cost: Walk Fee: $10/adult (Age 16+), FREE/child (Age 15 and younger); Donations support CureSearch for Children’s Cancer; Registration is required! Everyone participating in the walk needs to register and sign a liability waiver. You can register online prior to the walk, or visit the Registration Table on walk day to register and sign the liability waiver. Although there is no walk fee for children, they do need to be registered by their parents online or at the walk.
Info: (727) 577-4500 ext. 232; 2012 Tampa Bay Area CureSearch Walk for Children’s Cancer Website

What’s Doing?
Join Radio Disney AM1380 Road Crew to celebrate and honor children from the Tampa Bay Area who have been affected by cancer. All festivities will take place in South Straub Park with two walk loops around South and North Straub Park. In addition, the day will include music, food and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

NOTE: Wheeler chairs, strollers, wagons, etc. are welcome.

Straub Park
198 Bayshore Drive NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

1. Learn more about the Radio Disney Project Family Back-to-School Drive.
2. Find Halloween 2012 events happening around the Tampa Bay area.
3. Find more events taking place this weekend.

Shoes on Porch Image: FreeStockPhotos.biz

Chick-fil-A Fall Stampede to Benefit Children’s Cancer Center

Chick-fil-A Fall Stampede FlyerTime: Registration: 6:30 a.m.; Run Start: 8 a.m.; Walk Start: 8:45 a.m.; Event ends around 12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park – Downtown Tampa
Cost: $25 ($30 day of event)/adult, $15 ($20 day of event)/child 6-12; FREE for children age 5 and younger; Parking: Main parking can be found at the Poe Parking Garage. Various other lots and street parking locations will be available close by downtown.
Info: Chick-fil-A Fall Stampede Website

What’s Doing?
Grab your running shoes and join Chick-fil-A’s Fall Stampede, a 5K Run or Family Fun Walk benefiting the Children’s Cancer Center. Register today and enjoy a fun, family day filled with:
— 5k run/1-mile walk
— Music by J.T. Curtis and the Silver Eagle Band
— Food
— Activities for the whole family
— Mingle with the Chick-fil-A Cows: A full ‘herd’ of the famous Chick-fil-A cows will also be at the event, and many will be racing and walking with you!
— 20-Yard-Dash Mascot Race: See your favorite sports team and organization mascots in a mad dash against each other to see who’s the fastest mascot!

Create a Fund-raising “INDIVIDUAL” or “TEAM” page to solicit donations above and beyond your registration fee to support the children at Children’s Cancer Center. (NOTE: fundraising does not cover your registration fee.) It’s fun, it’s easy and it truly costs you nothing but one minute of your time. Go ahead and try it! !

Even Better! The team generating the greatest donation amount will win the Team Fundraiser Award and a prize for every team member (up to 10 members). The individual generating the greatest donation amount will win the Individual Fundraiser Award and prize.

— Step One: Visit the Fall Stampede main fund raising page
— Step Two: Click the big black box that says “Fund raise for this event.”
— Step Three: Select if you want to create an “INDIVIDUAL” page, create a “TEAM” page, or “JOIN” a team page that’s already been created.
— Step Four: Share your new URL (that’s a fancy term for a web address) across your e-mail list, Facebook, Twitter, Google + and more, leveraging the power of your personal network to generate donations for the families served by the Children’s Cancer Center.

Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up
There will be pre-race packet pick-up available at these Chick-fil-A locations the evening before the run from 6-8 p.m.:

Pinellas (Feather Sound)
3423 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater, Fl 33762

South Tampa
609 South Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33609

15801 North Dale Mabry Highway
Carrollwood, FL 33618

Chick-fil-A Lake Brandon Village
11325 Causeway Boulevard
Brandon, FL 33511

Curtis Hixon Park
600 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

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