I’m late!!!! Due to the busy schedule, family emergencies & my apparently lack of knowing what day it is I am late on helping you find activities to do around North Central Florida with your kids! I will also include fun crafts for kids to do at home! One of my favorites from when I was a teacher & what I have found to do with my kids now. 😉 And sorry I missed adding the UF Homecoming schedule was that was last week. ;-(
Thursday, Nov. 15th: The Raleigh Ringers at FGC. ~ The Raleigh Ringers Premier Handbell Ensmble appear in concert 7:30 pm Thursday, November 15th at Levy Performing Arts Center on the campus of Florida Gateway College. The ensemble perform dazzling interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music, including famous rock ‘n’ roll tunes. They perform on one of the most extensive collections of bells and bell-like instruments owned by any handbell ensemble in the world. Tickets are available at the door one hour before concert begins ($20 adult or $5 student K-12, cash or check only). Or join now to get six Lake City concerts plus four more at Dowling Park for $60 adult or $10 student K-12. Join at Lake City Chamber of Commerce, or on-line at http://www.communityconcerts.info (credit card accepted on-line) or call (386) 466-8999 for more info.
Friday, Nov. 16th: “Alachua Shop, Dine & Stroll” 6p-9p Here is the description; “Come shop, dine and stroll in downtown Alachua. The stores will be open late, and there will be music playing in the park. You will be entertained by Christmas Carolers on the street, and have the opportunity to take a free carriage ride through town to look at all the Christmas Decorations.”
Friday, Nov. 16th: Florida Museum of Natural History Transformations Exhibit. From 5:30p-8p FREE. “Ever wonder how milk jugs can morph into beautiful wading birds, or how gears and gadgets can become gigantic bugs? See middle school, high school and college students transform ‘waste’ into recycled art at the 12th annual Trashformations!”
Wednesday, Nov 21st. : Sound of Music Sing-a-Long Event at the Phillips Center.
Adults $15 | Children under 12: $10 | UF Students: $10
The smash-hit musical show that has been all around the world now comes to the Phillips Center. For those of you not yet converted, Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along. Then, of course, there is the famous fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has come in costume is invited onto the stage to show off their fantastic tailoring skills. So get those vocal chords warmed up, cut up those chintz curtains and hurry down for the perfect night out. Fancy dress is not obligatory but highly recommended.
Friday, Nov. 23rd: BLACK FRIDAY….ok not a family friendly activity, but we do it for the kids right??? 😉
Saturday, Nov. 24th: Gainesville Eco Tour Enviornmental Hike from 10am-11am.
Explore the beautiful backcountry wilderness of Alachua County. Bring yourselves and the kids for a 1.2 mile environmental interpretive hike. Come enjoy peace and serenity, fresh air, and get your morning exercise in some of Alachua County’s wilderness! May view white tailed deer, wild turkey, bald eagles, many other birds and wildlife. Learn about Florida’s natural communities, wildlife, and land management.
OK, there’s the activities now for the craft. Here’s my favorite (that I will be doing with my girls today). The Turkey Handprint. BUT this is a little more than what you’re thinking. 😉 I like doing this every year as if you keep them (make a book??) you can see how they grow….just a sappy mom thing.
What you Need:
~ Construction Paper
~ 2 google eyes
~ Red, Yellow, Brown paint (washable, which is obvious, but I like to be sure)
~ Paint Brush
~ Large & small circles cut out of brown construction paper or felt
~ small orange triangle from construction paper or felt
Have your child hold open both hands (or one at a time) and paint their palm & one finger brown. Then paint 2 fingers yellow & two fingers red. Then help them press their hand down onto the paper. Repeat with the other hand & layer the paint overlapping so the fingers are the “feathers” of the Turkey. Let the paint dry.
After the paint dries let the kids glue the big brown circle for the Turkey’s body & the small for the turkey’s head. Then add the orange triangle (beak) & the two eyes. To allow your children even more glue fun you can add the optional feathers, trying not to cover all the fingerprints.
Then proudly display your child’s Artwork!
If you enjoyed this little craft project idea let me know by commenting here! I’m full of them & don’t mind sharing once a week with a themed craft idea to do with your little one. I love capturing memories for my families so they can display them & hold onto them forever, but MAKING memories with your children is even more important. ❤
Melody (& since this is a photography blog…..a couple of girls at the fair last week. 😉