Thursday, June 30, 2011

Medieval Life Demonstrations

Medieval Life demonstration with the local chapter of the Society of Creative Anachronism.  Learn about life in the Medieval times in Europe and Asia.

Ages: 6th through 12 graders
Time: 3:30
Where: Florence County Public Library
Cost: Free
Contact: Florence Library -  (843) 413-7083

Date: June 30

Jo-Ann's Make It Take It

Make an Uncle Sam-inspired craft with red, blue, and silver Crayola Glitter Glue, Paints, and Strathmore Paint Pads.

Ages: Kids

Date: July 2

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Jo-Ann's, 1945 West Palmetto

Cost: Free
Contact: Jo-Ann's -  (843) 665-4576

Red Wolves Tonight

Florence Red Wolves baseball playing the Wilmington Sharks
Ages: All
Date: June 30
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: 340 S Stadium Rd
Cost: General admission $5, Youth under 10 and Sr Citizens $4, Military ID $3
Contact: (843) 629-0700,

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Home Depot Kids Workshop

  • Start the July 4th weekend by bringing the kids in to make coasters
  • This family activity builds confidence and a sense of accomplishment
  • All children will get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement
Ages:  geared toward 5 to 12 
Date:  July 2
Time:  9:00 am - 12:00 
Where:  Home Depot
Cost:  Free
ContactHome Depot  (843)661-2597

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Spirit of Florence and fireworks

The 8th Annual Chick-Fil-A Spirit of Florence "A Family Celebration" will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at Timrod Park and Legion Field. The Spirit of Florence is a smoke free, non-liter and non-soliciting event.  From 10:00 am till 4:00 pm at Timrod Park, the festival will include:

  • free tennis lessons from 11 am to 2:00 pm
  • food vendors on site and the public is invited to bring their own picnic basket
  • Medstar Ambulance Services with the crowd favorite ice towels
  • City of Florence Firetruck and Police Cars on display
  • Florence Police offering Child ID Fingerprinting
  • balloon give-away; arts-n-crafts vendors; Science South
  • Library staff on site to provide information about upcoming programs, information on the library and to register for library cards
  • inflatables and carnival games
  • John Tudor's Magic Show at 11 am and 2 pm
  • balloon sculpturing with Tim Fisher and John Dean
  • All-American tattoos and canvas painting with the Barnes Street Teen Club
  • Registration for the Chick-Fil-A Florence Jr. Football League. 
After the festival ends at Timrod Park the public is invited to head to Legion Field for the Florence Red Wolves vs Morehead City game starting at 7:00 pm with a post game firework show. General admission to the baseball game is $5. The Spirit of Florence is a festival provided to the community by a steering committee of local volunteer citizens.

Date:  July 2
Ages:  All
Time: 10:00 am, Fireworks at approximately 9:30 pm
Where:  Timrod Park and Legion Field
Cost: Free admission
Contact: (843) 665-3253

Red Wolves Tonight

Florence Red Wolves baseball playing the Fayetteville Swampdogs

Ages: All
Date: June 28
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: 340 S Stadium Rd
Cost: General admission $5, Youth under 10 and Sr Citizens $4, Military ID $3
Contact: (843) 629-0700,

Monday, June 27, 2011

Swamp Fox Theater $1 Summer Movies

Summer Movie Express
Date: June 28 and June 30

Time: 10:00 am
Where: Swamp Fox Theater
Cost: $1
Contact: Swamp Fox Theater - (843) 669-5305 Swamp Fox Website

5 Great Indoor Games and Activities

  1. Marshmallow tinkertoys - A bag of marshmallows and some thin pretzel sticks are all you need to build the perfect puffy pal, a 3-D house, or tepee. Your child simply skewers the marshmallows with the sticks to create his own masterpiece. Add to the fun by placing toy pigs or other animals in the house and challenging your child to be the big bad wolf and blow it down.
  2. Sugar cookie pizzas - Even the most domestically challenged chef can pull off this sweet and simple project. Slice several thick cookies from a roll of refrigerated sugar-cookie dough. Gently flatten them a bit on a cookie sheet to widen them, bake, and cool for about 10 minutes. Next, your little Mario Batalis can decorate their pies with strawberry jam or red icing for sauce, shredded coconut for cheese, and red M&M's for pepperoni.
  3. Grandparent greetings - Haul out the craft supplies and set up a home Hallmark business. First your child creates the card with stickers, glitter, cut-out magazine photos, or whatever else he likes. Then you ask him what he wants to say to the recipient, and you write it inside. (I once received one of these from my then 2-year-old nephew that said, "Dear Aunt Isadora, I like to bite my piggy toy. Love, Jared." That was one card I never tossed.) The icing on the cake? When the weather clears up, let your child stamp the envelope and slide it into a nearby mailbox.
  4. Create a sensory table - Remember the slimy thrill of sifting your hands through a bucket of ersatz eyeballs (aka peeled grapes) at the local haunted house? This activity offers the same thrills without the nightmares. Fill a series of bowls or washing basins full of textured objects -- peeled grapes are still a good choice, as is cold cooked spaghetti, steel-wool pads, cornstarch, or dry beans. Blindfold your child, have him sift his hands through, and describe what he feels. Then challenge him to guess the object.
  5. Pirate Play - Wrap a bunch of wooden blocks in aluminum foil, and hide them around the house (don't get too clever -- remember whom you're dealing with). Give each child a flashlight and a small paper bag, and challenge them to find the buried silver.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Florence Kids this Week

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Mcleod Health Swimming Lessons

Ages:  See schedule 
Date:  July 11th through August 4
Time:  See schedule
Where:  Mcleod Health & Fitness Center
Cost:  8 lessons, $45/Members, $60/Non-Members
Contact:  McLeod Health and Fitness Center Aquatics Department at 777-3121

Mondays and Wednesdays  
Begins July 11th 
12:00 -12:45 p.m.   Preschool   Warm Water Pool 
4:00 – 4:45 p.m.   Level II   Multi Purpose Pool 
5:00 – 5:45 p.m.   Aqua Babies   Warm Water Pool 
5:00 - 5:45 p.m.   Level I    Multi Purpose Pool 
6:00 - 6:45 p.m.   Preschool   Warm Water Pool 

Tuesdays and Thursdays   
Begins July 12th 
10:00 - 10:45 a.m.   Preschool   Warm Water Pool 
4:00 – 4:45 p.m.   Preschool   Warm Water Pool 
4:00 – 4:45 p.m.   Level II   Multi Purpose Pool 
5:00 - 5:45 p.m.   Level I    Multi Purpose Pool 

June 4th, 11th,18th, 25th and July 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.   Aqua Babies   Warm Water Pool 
10:00 - 10:45 a.m.   Preschool   Warm Water Pool 
11:00 -11:45 a.m.   Level I    Warm Water Pool 
12:00 - 12:45 p.m.   Level II   Multi Purpose Pool 

Barnes and Noble Harold and the Purple Crayon

Let's have fun together every Saturday and read a great book at Barnes & Noble! Our Storytimes are each Saturday at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Ages: toddler/preschool
Date:  June 25
Time:  11:00 am 
Where:  Barnes and Noble
Cost:  Free
Contact843-665-2412, website

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Alex's Lemonade Stand

This is a great way for your child to learn about helping others.  Alex's Lemonade Stand is a foundation for childhood cancer. 

Alexandra ''Alex'' Scott was born on January 18, 1996. Just shy of her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer. While the Scotts were devastated, Alex was undeterred. Beginning at an early age, she demonstrated she was a fighter - a determined, courageous and confident little girl with big dreams.

In 2000, Alex, then just 4, told her mom she wanted to host a lemonade stand to raise money to help kids like her - kids with cancer. Her first lemonade stand raised $2,000 in one day! Even as she faced illness and difficult treatments, Alex continued to host lemonade stands every year thereafter, until she lost her life to cancer in 2004 at the age of 8. Over those four years of hosting lemonade stands, Alex helped raise $1 million to help find a cure for the disease that she bravely battled for so many years.

Ages: All
Date: June 25
Time:  Any time between 12:00 and 3:00
Where:  Toys R Us
Cost:  Free to learn more about these events
Contact:  See Toys R Us website for more information

Lowes Build and Grow Workshop

Independence Day is right around the corner! Your child can show their patriotism with this cool Waving Flag!

Ages:  geared toward 5 to 10 
Date:  June 25
Time:  10:00 am - 11:00 
Where:  Lowes
Cost:  Free
ContactLowes stores

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cheap summer fun

I found a few ideas that looked like fun in this article - summer fun

Florence Red Wolves Tonight

Florence Red Wolves baseball playing Morehead City

Ages: All
Date:   June 22
Time:  7:30 pm
Where:  340 S Stadium Rd
Cost:  General admission $5, Youth under 10 and Sr Citizens $4, Military ID $3
Contact:  (843) 629-0700,

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cars 2 this Friday

Yea!  A G movie.  Why do they make so many kid's movies not G anymore?  Hope it's a good one.

Movie Review:  click here
Date: Starts June 24 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Swamp Fox Theater $1 Summer Movies

Summer Movie Express
Date:  June 21 and June 23

Time:  10:00 am
Where:  Swamp Fox Theater
Cost:  $1
Contact:  Swamp Fox Theater - (843) 669-5305  Swamp Fox Website

Florence Red Wolves Tonight

Florence Red Wolves baseball playing the Martinsville Mustangs

Ages: All
Date:   June 20
Time:  7:30 pm
Where:  340 S Stadium Rd
Cost:  General admission $5, Youth under 10 and Sr Citizens $4, Military ID $3
Contact:  (843) 629-0700,

Sunday, June 19, 2011

florence kids this week

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Last Minute Father's Day Ideas

Oops - forgot something?

1. Breakfast in Bed. The classic. Whip up his favorite breakfast dish and have the kids help you present it to him in bed. Or while relaxing out on the patio. Breakfast Burritos are a huge hit in our house and easy to make. Scramble eggs, saute some onions and red peppers. Warm some tortillas and add your favorite salsa. Add a side of grated cheddar and sour cream. Viola!
2. Bake his favorite cookies. My hubby loves Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies so the kids and I make them for him on special occasions – his birthday, Christmas, and now Father’s Day. (Make sure the kids don’t eat too many kisses so you run out of them by the time the last batch is ready.) In fact, make a double batch, freeze half, and then bring them out again to surprise him at a later date.
3. An afternoon of golf. If your whole family plays golf, set up a tee time and spend the day outside. If not, call one of his best buddies and set up a play date for Dad.
4. Pampering. Every Dad likes quiet and relaxation, right? So grab him an appointment for a massage on Father’s Day. He’ll get an hour of peace and quiet and come home relaxed and feeling like jelly.
5. Cook together. Do you both like to cook? Why not take the day to make one of those all day recipes that you have been dying to try. Make homemade pasta. Make paella. Slow cook ribs or a BBQ brisket. You’ll have a relaxing day spending time together in the kitchen and then eating a fabulous, rarely cooked meal.

Ideas from Sue Kirchner in For the love of parenting, Just Between Us

YMCA H2O Explosion Water Camp

A water experience camp for good swimmers.  Participants will learn a new water sport or skill each day, such as SCUBA and snorkeling, water polo, pre-lifeguarding and personal safety skills, kayaking, and safe boating.
Ages:  8 to 15
Date:  June 20-24 or July 11-15
Time:  9:00 am - Noon
Where:  Frances Marion University Pool
Cost:  Members $85 / Participants $105 ($50 non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Contact:  Florence YMCA - (843) 665-1234

YMCA Basketball Camp

The camp focuses on skill development through individual and group drills.  Each camper needs to bring a water bottle and a snack.

Ages:  7 to 15
Date:  June 20-24
Time:  9:00 am - Noon
Where:  YMCA Gym
Cost:  Members $80 / Participants $100
Contact:  Florence YMCA - (843) 665-1234

YMCA Golf Camp

Youth golf camp is designed to teach proper golf swing and technique, which includes full swing, half swing, and putting strokes. Campers must have their own clubs. The minimum club requirements to participate are a putter and pitching wedge. Please bring a snack and water. Camp will be led by Brandon Jolly and Ryan Bell.

Ages:  5 to 10
Date: June 20-24
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 am
Where: Crossings Golf Course
Cost: Members $60 / Participants $75
Contact: Florence YMCA - (843) 665-1234

Friday, June 17, 2011

Wink Pottery and Gifts

Wink Pottery has a lot of summer camps for all ages and for boys and girls. I have not tried these out yet but they look like a lot of fun. Contact to reserve a spot:

ph: 843-662-0822

Summer Art Camps

Two’s and Three’s June 20-24 or August 1-5
This is a new Art Camp for us!! We will read a book, do a handprint project, and the campers will do a project on their own every morning. We will also sing songs and play to get out the wiggles!! Our first day will be a Rainbow Fish Tile
and Beach Magnets. Day two will be a Ladybug plate and Ladybug Bank/Box. On the third day campers will make Monkey Coasters and a Monkey figurine. Day four will be
a Zoo Mug and Zoo Animals. The last day we will make a Popcorn Bowl and Tree and Star Ornaments.

Garden Girls ages 6-12 June 27-July 1
On the first day, we will use clay to make a garden stake and flower beads. These will be painted later in the week. Day two campers will paint a flower mug and butterfly plate. Next we will paint a flower pot and use a sponge technique. We will also paint a snail and use exploding paint on its shell! The last day we plant a flower in our flower pot and put our beads together to make our very own garden necklace!

Sports and Games ages 6-12 July 11-15
On the first day, we will make a tic tac toe board out of clay. We will also model ourselves playing our favorite sport! Day two campers will paint a sports ball bank and a soccer ball box. Next we will paint a mug with our favorite team logo (using an awesome and easy way to get it on the mug!) and a tile with a sporty add on. The last day we will test out our sporting skills and make our own variety of sport balls!

Princess Camp ages 4-10 July 18-22
Our first day of camp, we will cut our name out of clay to paint later in the week. We will also cut out a princess crown to paint later in the week. Day two we will paint a tiara bank and a princess figurine, ALWAYS favorite projects! Next we will paint a castle box like our favorite fairy tale and paint some beads for our necklace. The last day we will put together our necklace and make a yarn picture of ourselves as a princess!! After all, what little girl isn’t a princess??

Pirates and Buccaneers ages 4-10 July 18-22
This week of camp, we will start by making a treasure chest and gold coins out of clay. These will be painted later in the week using different techniques. A treasure map will be painted (and have a treasure hunt!). You can make yours a chalkboard if you want! We will also paint a pirate and a pirate ship! The last day, we will make pirate hats.

Techniques ages 10 and up July 25-29
This camp is for those that really want to better their painting skill or learn something new! Each day we will talk about how to achieve the desired effect, and then put it into practice. Projects will include a punch out travel mug, stained glass trivet, flowered vase, dragonfly platter, monogram coasters, metallic bowl, and picture plate. These projects can also be done individually as a small class for girl or boy scouts, a Sunday school class, or ladies group.

All deposits for 2011 Art Camps are non-refundable.

Each week consists of Monday thru Friday from 9:30 to noon. Two snacks per day are included.
Camps are $125 per week. Deposit is $65 and balance of $60 is due on first day of art camp.

Lego Family Building Event

To our LEGO fans! Show off your LEGO skills and build a cool creation together. Parental supervision required at all times. All giveaways and event materials available while supplies last and distributed to participating children only. Limit one per child. Quantities limited; no rain checks.

Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Venue: Toys R Us
Contact: Toys R Us at 843.445.9884 for more information

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Photo Scavenger hunt

Look at this fun game for the pre-readers.

You can download different ones on the Wee Life website!

Vacation Bible Schools

Some of the Vacation Bible Schools that I found that have not happened yet this summer.  Let me know if I've forgotten yours.

  • Central United Methodist Church - Pandamania - June 20-24   Website
  • All Saints Episcopal Church - Pandamania- June 20-24  Website
  • Hopewell Presbyterian Church - Pandamania  June 26-29  Website
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church - June 19-23 Website
  • Hoffmeyer Road Baptist Church - Big Apple Adventure - June 19-24 Website

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    The Calendar is working now

    Had a couple of tweaks I had to do to make the calendar work right.

    Calendar added to website

    Don't forget to check the website at I have added a calendar link that you can click on and see what's going on in Florence any day of the week. 

    You can also sign up for email updates if that works better for you than Facebook updates.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    Porkchop Productions

    Wednesday June 15th at 3:00 pm at the Florence County Library, 509 S Dargan Street.

    Porkchop Productions will be performing their rendition of "The Breman Town Musicians".  This the first of six summer reading performances that will encourage children in Florence County to read during their summer break.

    Jo-Ann Make it-Take It for Dad

    Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts
    1945 West Palmetto

    Saturday June 18 11:00am - 1:00pm

    Fun and Free

    Kids can color a bobblehead pet for Dad and then craft a gift tag to go along with it.

    Monday, June 13, 2011

    Dinner out Tuesday Night?

    Kids eat free at Chili's June 14th with this coupon - print it out


    I just heard that we have a new Cupcake store over on Celebration Avenue.  Anyone know if it's open yet.  I'm so excited!!!

    Sunday, June 12, 2011

    Home Depot Father's Day Workshop

    • Saturday June 18th - 9:00-12:00
    • Make a Lil Toolbox
    • The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children.
      In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates' aprons, and an achievement pin

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