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Best Things to Do With Teens and Tweens in Fort Myers

Best Things to Do With Teens and Tweens in Fort Myers

Defy Fort MyersTeens and tweens can be a tough crowd to entertain. Not only are they notoriously hard to impress, but they’re often stuck between childhood and adulthood – too grown up for kid attractions but not grown up enough for adult activities. Luckily Fort Myers is full of amazing attractions that will definitely spark the interest of your teens and tweens. Check out these fun things to do with teens and tweens in Fort Myers.

Defy Fort Myers

9370 Dynasty Drive, Fort Myers

Your adventurous teens and tweens will love Defy Fort Myers. It has so many exciting attractions inside, including over 35 trampolines, angled wall trampolines, launching decks, a rock wall, and ziplining. This 40,000-square-foot facility is an adventure-lover’s dream.

Defy Fort Myers

In addition to a fun open jumping space, this trampoline park also has some pretty cool features your teen/tween will enjoy, like the battle beams, ninja course, and trapeze. Everyone in the family enjoyed jumping in the trampolines, trying out the ninja course and practicing different tricks and jumps. It was one of the most fun afternoons we’ve had in a while. I love that the kids got a great workout as well, and so did the adults. Defy Fort Myers is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. read more

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Best Places for Birding in Southwest Florida

Best Places for Birding in Southwest Florida

Snowy egretSouthwest Florida is one of the best places in the country for bird watching. The area is in the path of one of the world’s most traveled flyways, which means migrating birds from across the globe travel across our skies. To get great views of birds flying across Southwest Florida, check out these five amazing places for birding in the area.

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

375 Sanctuary Road, Naples

Often making it into the top 10 places to bird-watch in the United States Audubon Corkscrew Sanctuary is a favorite birding destination for amateur and seasoned bird watchers.  In addition to being a wonderful spot for bird watching, Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is also known for ease of viewing. As one of the world’s last old-growth bald cypress forest, this sanctuary is home to wood storks, white ibis, and red-bellied woodpeckers year-round. During migration season, you’ll also find warblers, painted buntings, and summer tanagers from the two-mile long boardwalk that works its way through upland, wetland, and cypress forests. read more

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Service Project Ideas for Kids in Southwest Florida

Service Project Ideas for Kids in Southwest Florida

No matter how old your kids are it’s always a great idea to get your family involved in the community. Service projects are a great way to teach your kids empathy while also showing them the importance of giving back to their community. Whether your kids want to help other local children, the environment, or area animals, you’re sure to find a wonderful community organization in Southwest Florida that is perfect for your family.

humane society adopting dogsHumane Society Naples

370 Airport-Pulling Road North, Naples

The Humane Society Naples offers a variety of fun volunteering opportunities to kids ages 12 and up. Children between the ages of 12 and 15 can take part in the Feline Fan Club volunteer program, while students who are 16 and over have more opportunities, including dog enrichment, socializing cats, taking part in the reading program, or performing administrative duties. For more information, call 643-1555.

Rotary Park Environmental Center

5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral

The Parks and Recreation Department in Cape Coral accepts volunteers of all ages to support several of their community programs, including the Rotary Park Environmental Center. While most volunteer opportunities through the department are geared toward adult participants, children are perfectly suited to assist with nature trail cleanup at Rotary Park. For more information, call 549-4606. read more

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10 Fun Seashell Crafts To Do With Your Kids This Summer

10 Fun Seashell Crafts To Do With Your Kids This Summer

Wether you’re a local or just visiting Southwest Florida collecting shells at the beach is always a favorite past time, so I’m sure you probably have tons of seashells lying around. Put some of those awesome beach finds to good use this summer by making some adorable crafts with your kids. There are so many amazing ways to repurpose shells. That’s why I have gathered up some of the cutest seashell crafts I could find just for you. Whether you want to turn them into some adorable artwork or useful home décor, I’ve got a project for you on this list!

Summer Shell Art | Coastal Kelder

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Crab Magnets Shell crafts to do with kids

Sand Dollar Coasters | The Soccer Mom Blog

Sand Dollar Coasters Crab Magnets Shell crafts to do with kids

Seashell Keepsake Jar | Moms Who Save

Seashell Jar Shell crafts to do with kids

Tropical Seashell Fish | Crafts by Amanda

Tropical Seashell Fish Shell crafts to do with kids

Seal Shell Flower Wall Art | My Pinterventures

Sea Shell Flower Art Shell crafts to do with kids

Paper Plate Fish Bowl | Kid Friendly Things to Do

Paper Plate Fish Bowl Shell crafts to do with kids

Painted Seashell Accessories | Polkadot Chair

Seashell Accessories Shell crafts to do with kids

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Best Nature Hikes for Families in Southwest Florida

Best Nature Hikes for Families in Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida is home to so many wonderful nature preserves full of interesting plant life and animals. While these parks offer may a variety of learning experiences for kids, hiking as a family can often be tricky. That’s why I’ve outlined the best nature hikes for families in the area. Each of these hikes are simple treks that offer tons of opportunities for an easy interaction with nature in Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Naples.

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

7751 Penzance Boulevard, Fort Myers

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Enjoy the wonders of nature in southwest Florida on the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. The beautiful hike traverses over 3,500 acres of intermingled wetland and upland ecosystems on a boardwalk trail. One of the wonderful aspects of this hike is the fact that the slough changes with the seasons. The dry season is from October to May, while the wet season runs from June through September. During the wet season, the slough slowly filters rainwater to Estero Bay.

Rotary Park

5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral

This beautiful nature preserve in Cape Coral is home to 97 acres of salt marsh and upland, giving hikers wonderful views of a variety of Florida wildlife in Rotary Park. read more

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