Finding suitable ways to capture your kids’ attention and burn off a bit of their liveliness can be a struggle. As a mom of two little ones, I struggle too. To help my fellow families — and mine, too — this week begins a new column, “Family Fun this week with Leigh Tahirovic.” I’ll compile a weekly list of activities to help parents and grandparents entertain ages from tots to teen.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (No Rating)
No kid can resist spaghetti and meatballs, and Thursday, Sept. 27, parents can take their kids to “Cloudy with the Chance of Meatballs 2.” Playing at Regal Hollywood Stadium 20 in Naples, viewers can find out if Flint Lockwood’s invention of turning water into food is still operating. See the MovieClock for times.
Expose children in first through fifth grade to experimental archaeology and the process prehistoric people used to craft a rope of natural materials at “Twisted Experiments,” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. This experiment reinforces a child’s understanding of how cordage was created in the past. The Florida Public Archaeology Network presents the program in conjunction with Viva Florida 500 at the Golden Gate Branch Library, 2423 Lucerne Road, in Golden Gate. Information: 239-252-4542.
2432 Lucerne Road, Naples, FL
It’s a fun-filled National Estuaries Day on Saturday, Sept. 28. Take a turn paddleboarding or kayaking, enjoy a volunteer-led walk across the observation bridge or a boat ride, and let your little ones get a hands-on experience at the marine critter touch tank. All are free but organized activities fill up quickly, so show up early and sign up. National Estuaries Day will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Information: 239-417-6310
300 Tower Road, Naples, FL
Classic concerts are a great way to instill a love of music in children, and Artis—Naples is hosting a Family Fare Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Performed by the Naples Philiharmonic, this concert featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 is fast-paced and family-friendly. Tickets are $15 and there are seats still available. Information: 239-597-1900
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