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On November 9, 2016, Posted by , In Real Estate, With Comments Off on Family-friendly events this weekend
 PAMELA HAYFORD , PAMELA@SWFLPARENTCHILD.COM 12:02 p.m. EST November 8, 2016

For November 11-13, there are numerous Veterans Day events, a kids’ production of ‘The Secret Garden,’ Coconut Festival and more

Here’s our list of family-friendly events happening in Southwest Florida this weekend, Nov. 11-13:

FRIDAY, NOV. 11

ARTScool City Hall Exhibit — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Naples City Hall, 787 Eighth St., Naples, FL 34102. View artwork created in the Naples Art Association’s 18th Annual ARTScool program for children and teens. Artwork is on view on the first floor. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 262-6517.

Coconut Festival — November 10-13. Sun Splash Family Waterpark, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral. Celebrate Cape Coral’s uniqueness with bands, entertainment, carnival rides, games, food, contests, fireworks and more. Hours are 5-10 p.m. November 10 (free festival gate), 5 p.m.-midnight November 11 ($7 admission), noon-midnight November 12 ($7) and noon to 10 p.m. November 13 (Coco Family Day). cocofest.com

Fair at Fenway South — November 11-13 and 17-20. JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers. Rides, games, food and entertainment for all ages. Gates open at 5 p.m. Fridays and Thursday, November 17, and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $7 (two-for-one coupon available online), free for ages 2 and younger; specials available online; pay-on-price ride tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the fair. fairatfenway.com

Hogs and Air Dogs — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. November 11-13. Six Bends, 9501 Thunder Road, Fort Myers. Free to watch. If you would like your dog to participate in dock jumping, register on the Ultimate Air Dogs events page. A three-day action-packed weekend of family fun with your dog. Ultimate Air dogs will be having a national dock jumping event each day along with a rib cook-off. hogsandairdogs.com

“Junie B. Jones the Musical” — Noon lunch, 1 p.m. show. Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Tickets are $19 for all ages and include lunch and show. Additional performances are November 15 and 18 with lunch at 10:30 a.m. and show at 11:30 a.m. 278-4422. broadwaypalm.com

Korean War Monument Dedication — 1:30-2:30 p.m. Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve, Eastend of SE 23 Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33990. The Korean Society of Southwest Florida will dedicate a Korean War Monument and Flagpole at the park. A commemorative flag will be raised for the dedication event.

Moonlight Paddle — 5-7 p.m. Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve, East end of Southeast 23 Terrace, Cape Coral. Paddle around the waters of Eco Preserve by the light of the full (or nearly full) moon. $35 for Cape Coral residents, $53 for non-residents, includes equipment.

Purple Heart Monument Dedication — 4 p.m. Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve, Eastend of SE 23 Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33990. Cape Coral, designated a “Purple Heart City,” will have a new monument at the Veterans Memorial area of Eco Park. Invest in America’s Veterans Foundation, which operates the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library, is coordinating the event on Veterans Day. The Gunterberg Charitable Foundation and the Culliton family funded the project as a gift to the city of Cape Coral.

“The Secret Garden” — 7-9 p.m. Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road S.E., Bonita Springs. Additional shows 2 and 7 p.m. November 12 and 2 p.m. November 13. In this children’s production, Mary Lennox, known as a difficult child, must live at her uncle’s estate in England, where she finds a strange walled garden that has been locked up for years. artcenterbonita.org

Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit — J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957. The traveling exhibit is a partnership with the Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program supported by The Smithsonian and Florida Humanities Council. Water/Ways takes a global look at water relative to the environment, culture and history. In collaboration with other local nature and art organizations, it also examines the issues and context facing our liquid assets here at home. A film series, speakers, a kids’ fishing derby, special family programs, giveaways, an interactive water table and other activities will take place. The Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild will host a water and nature exhibition titled Engulfed during the event.

Haunted History Tour — 8-9:30 p.m. The Franklin Shops, 2200 First St., Fort Myers, FL 33901. $14 per person. (Tour also available on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. This 90-minute walking tour offers glimpses into the unseen, with stories of the reputed paranormal activity of those who cannot or will not leave the buildings in which they lived…or died. 945-0405. truetours.net

USO Show — Noon-1:30 p.m. Naples Depot Museum, 1051 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. During World War II, the Naples Depot was converted into a dance hall on Saturday nights to boost the morale of the aircrews stationed at the nearby Naples Army Air Field. In honor of Veterans Day, enjoy a nostalgic USO-style show at the Naples Depot, featuring the live music, comedy and memories that brought the “greatest generation” onto the dance floor. Followed by the Veterans Day service in Cambier Park. 262-6525.

Veterans Day Concert — 10 a.m. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33919. Free concert on the lawn. Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School and Diplomat Middle School will honor veterans through music. Chairs and blankets encouraged. 334-1357.

Veteran’s Day Parade (Cape Coral) — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Eastbound from Eighth Court to 15th Avenue on 47th Terrace in downtown Cape Coral. Pay tribute to those who have lost their lives or are proudly serving our country. Reviewing area for performances at Southeast 47th Terrace and Southeast 10th Place. 246-1157. capecoral.net

Veteran’s Day Ceremony (Bonita Springs) — 11 a.m. Riverside Park, 10450 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. The City of Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs Fire-Rescue District, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Veterans Advisory Committee invite the public to attend a Veterans Day Service

SATURDAY, NOV. 12

BaconFest Naples — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Naples Airport South Terminal Lawn, 526 Terminal Drive, Naples. $10 for general admission, free for ages 12 and younger. Benefits ending childhood hunger in Southwest Florida via the Kiwanis Club of Pelican Bay. baconfestnaples.com

C’mon Science Saturday Open Lab — 1-3 p.m. Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon), 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. $5 per family. Find your inner botanist as you explore the scientific properties of a pumpkin and plant seeds to grow your very own. Registration requested online at cmon.org. 514-0084.

Coconut Festival — November 10-13. Sun Splash Family Waterpark, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral. Celebrate Cape Coral’s uniqueness with bands, entertainment, carnival rides, games, food, contests, fireworks and more. Hours are 5-10 p.m. November 10 (free festival gate), 5 p.m.-midnight November 11 ($7 admission), noon-midnight November 12 ($7) and noon to 10 p.m. November 13 (Coco Family Day). cocofest.com

Fair at Fenway South — November 11-13 and 17-20. JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers. Rides, games, food and entertainment for all ages. Gates open at 5 p.m. Fridays and Thursday, November 17, and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $7 (two-for-one coupon available online), free for ages 2 and younger; specials available online; pay-on-price ride tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the fair. fairatfenway.com

Fort Myers Nova Southeastern University Community Day 2016 — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nova Southeastern University Fort Myers, 3650 Colonial Court, Fort Myers, FL 33913. An event arranged and coordinated by the students and staff of the NSU Fort Myers Campus with community support by the Southwest Florida “Healthy Living Caravan.” There will be over 25 vendors at the event from the health/wellness agencies in Southwest Florida as well as NSU Fort Myers student groups. The vendors will provide health and wellness screenings such as glucose testing, vision screening, health coaching, in-home care, anti-bullying and fitness assessments. Games and activities for the younger crowd. A group “Zumba” session by Zumba Fit studios. Refreshments by the NSU Fort Myers Student Government and the NSU Fort Myers Regional Campus staff.

Guided Historic Tours — 10-11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero, FL 33928. $2 for adults, $1 for children older than 6, with park admission. Explore the 19th century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens, and learn about these idealistic pioneers.

K is for Kids Bookfair — 10 a.m. Barnes & Noble, Waterside Shops, 5377 Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL 34108. Benefits the K is for Kids Foundation.

Kids Cruise Free with Pure Florida — 10-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. South (US 41 East ), Naples. Pure Florida’s Kids Cruise Free program offers complimentary cruises for children every Saturday when accompanied by a paying adult. Adult tickets are $35; additional child admission is $17.50. Learn about the Southwest Florida waterways, observe the variety of wildlife present on the waters and participate in a sightseeing scavenger hunt. 263-4949. purefl.com

Longshore Lake Fall Festival — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Clubhouse at Longshore Lake, 11399 Phoenix Way, Naples. For all ages. Open to the public. Free admission. Classic car show. Arts and crafts. Yard sale. Donation station. Bake sale. Kids Korner. Tennis event. Accessories boutique. Book sale. Food and drink. Raffle.

“Penguin Problems” Storytime — 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, three locations: Coconut Point, 23130 Fashion Drive, Estero; 13751 Tamiami Trail, south Fort Myers; Waterside Shops, 5377 Tamiami Trail, Naples. In “Penguin Problems,” a penguin levels with human readers about what penguin life is really like. Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it’s a land free of worries and responsibilities … or is it? This book is sure to tickle kids’ funny bones.

Rappellers to Go “Over The Edge” — Noon-5 p.m. November 12-13. The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, 5951 Silver King Blvd., Cape Coral. Eighty people rappel 19 stories to raise money for The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center. Local celebrities and media personalities will rappel November 12, and the main event is November 13. Spectators are invited. heights-overtheedge.com

River District History Tour — 10:30 a.m.-noon. The Franklin Shops, 2200 First St., Fort Myers, FL 33901. $12. Reservations required. Check in 15 minutes prior to tour. Explore the charming river district of old Fort Myers as you hear the story of its sometimes turbulent birth and development. 945-0405.

Science Saturday — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Join Mr. Glen and his Science & Engineering team and the Sylvan Learning Center for interactive science projects.

“The Secret Garden” — 2 and 7 p.m. Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road S.E., Bonita Springs. Additional show at 2 p.m. November 13. In this children’s production, Mary Lennox, known as a difficult child, must live at her uncle’s estate in England, where she finds a strange walled garden that has been locked up for years. artcenterbonita.org

Taste of Thanksgiving — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Whole Foods Naples, 9101 Strada Place, Naples, FL 34108. Free. Sample a selection of Thanksgiving offerings from every department.

Twinkle Outreach — 10 a.m. Twinkle Twinkle Little Store, 4172 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. Clothing giveaway. Any local families in need are welcome to come by and receive free children’s clothing or baby equipment. Families simply show up and apply for the items they may need and will be able to select and receive things that day based on their needs. Children’s clothing, baby gear and car seats are among some of the items available. twinkletwinklelittlestore@yahoo.com

Visuality’s “A LGBT Family Picnic” — 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Lakes Regional Park (Shelter D1), 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers. Free; RSVP via Visuality’s Facebook page. For LGBTQ youths and young adults ages 13-24 and their families. Planned activities. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided; feel free to bring a side or dessert to share. Visuality is a nonprofit LGBTQ youth/young adult involvement program whose mission is to provide a safe and welcoming space for support and enjoyment of LGBTQ youths (ages 13-24) in Southwest Florida.

Veterans Parade — 10 a.m. Downtown Fort Myers. Begins at the American Legion on Jackson Street and proceeds along First Street from core downtown to the end of West First Street adjacent to the Marina at Edison Ford. Guests are invited to gather along First Street to enjoy the parade. A gathering and remarks will be held at the parade end. Participants this year include the Dunbar High School Marching Band. fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com

Veterans Park Car Show & Bazaar — 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, 4140 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral, FL 33904. Sponsored by Cape Coral First United Methodist Women. Free admission; car registration is $15 charitable donation ($20 day of show). Music, crafts, food and raffle. The Veterans Museum Bus will be onsite. The event benefits the Church Emergency Fund, which benefits those in the community who need help with food, rent and utility bills as well as supporting United Methodist Women missions.

Wonderland Preview Night — 5-8 p.m. Bass Pro Shop, 10040 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33913. Santa Claus is coming to town. His team of elves will arrive at 5 p.m. in front of the store. Free hot cocoa and cookies for everyone as the all await the arrival of the San Carlos Fire Department and Santa Claus. Once Santa arrives, he will make his way to the front lobby to light the giant Christmas Tree. After he uses his Christmas magic to light the tree, he will make his way to the back of the store to cut the red ribbon to officially open “Santas Wonderland.” And once Wonderland is open, he will walk his red carpet to take his seat in his magic chair to pose for photos until 8 p.m.Santa will be in the store daily with his team of elves from November 12 until Christmas Eve.

SUNDAY, NOV. 13

2nd Annual Jog For Justice — 7:30 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. run. Centennial Park, Downtown Fort Myers. $25 advanced registration, $30 at the event. Every year, LCLAS provides free legal services to hundreds of Lee County residents by providing complimentary legal representation for low-income families, while promoting financial and emotional stability. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to compete in this 5K for a cause.

Baby Wearing Q&A — 2-3 p.m. Twinkle Twinkle Little Store, 4172 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. Learn the different types, brands, the benefits and drawbacks to each, and everything in between. You may try on the different kinds of carriers to get a feel for what you and your baby (or toddler) like best. Already own a carrier but not sure how to use it? Bring it. Presented by All Mother’s Doula.

Coconut Festival — November 10-13. Sun Splash Family Waterpark, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral. Celebrate Cape Coral’s uniqueness with bands, entertainment, carnival rides, games, food, contests, fireworks and more. Hours are 5-10 p.m. November 10 (free festival gate), 5 p.m.-midnight November 11 ($7 admission), noon-midnight November 12 ($7) and noon to 10 p.m. November 13 (Coco Family Day). cocofest.com

Fair at Fenway South — November 11-13 and 17-20. JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers. Rides, games, food and entertainment for all ages. Gates open at 5 p.m. Fridays and Thursday, November 17, and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $7 (two-for-one coupon available online), free for ages 2 and younger; specials available online; pay-on-price ride tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the fair. fairatfenway.com

Free Nature Talk — 2-3 p.m. The Naples Preserve, 1690 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34102. The family-friendly Sunday afternoon talks run through early December and will cover spiders, insects, frogs, seashells and turtles. Participants may also take a stroll on the preserve’s boardwalk and watch the many birds, gopher tortoises and other small animals that call the nature sanctuary in the city home. 261-4290

Free Water Ski Show — 3 p.m. every Sunday. Lazy Springs Recreation Park, 9591 State Road 82, Felda. Free. See the Southern Extreme Water Ski Show Team show or join the team. 201-754-8326. southernextreme.com

Lee County Community Band — 3-4:15 p.m. Cape Coral High School, 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral. The band kicks off its 131st season with a concert paying tribute to veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and showcasing the works of American composers. The programs are free (donations accepted) and open to the public. The next concert is December 11. 995-2097. leecountyband.org

Naples Concert Band — 2-4 p.m. Cambier Park, Park Street, Naples. Bring your a lawn chairs or blanket. Free.

Rappellers to Go “Over The Edge” — Noon-5 p.m. November 12-13. The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, 5951 Silver King Blvd., Cape Coral. Eighty people rappel 19 stories to raise money for The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center. Local celebrities and media personalities will rappel November 12, and the main event is November 13. Spectators are invited. heights-overtheedge.com

“The Secret Garden” — 2 p.m. Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road S.E., Bonita Springs. In this children’s production, Mary Lennox, known as a difficult child, must live at her uncle’s estate in England, where she finds a strange walled garden that has been locked up for years. artcenterbonita.org

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