Lee County


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The first baby born in Lee County, Luis Eduardo, was born at 3:50 a.m. New Year's Day to parents Julia Miranda De Leon and Luis Alberto De Leon Nix at HealthPark Medical Center in south Fort Myers. Read more



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Marking a milestone anniversary Saturday, the 20th Annual Big Backpack Event, sponsored by The Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida, opened with a crowd of the area's less fortunate wrapped nearly all the way around the Skatium in Fort Myers. Read more



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Chris and Carol Scuderi purchased Greenwell’s Family Fun Park, at 35 NE Pine Island Road, for $1.9 million from Greenwell on April 4. Last month, the couple from Charlotte, North Carolina, renamed it Gator Mike’s Family Fun Park. Read more



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The Lifeline Family Center in Cape Coral held a groundbreaking for an expansion on the property. The center provides services for unwed mothers as an alternative to abortion. Read more



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Cape Coral siblings Hunter and Jillian Garrison found themselves lounging in their backyard pool on a recent afternoon in July, contemplating how they might be able to help their sick father. They wanted to raise about $90 ... Read more



Special to SW FL Parent & Child

PAW Patrol Live! is coming back to Southwest Florida this summer and tickets are now on sale. In “Race to the Rescue,” the heroic pups from the PAW Patrol series take the stage with Bunraku puppetry at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Read more

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'Jurassic Quest' features animatronic dinos at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers. Read more

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We created a special event search just for Fourth of July and fireworks events coming up in Southwest Florida, in Collier and Lee counties. Read more

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Wearing identical Hawaiian shirts, matching sunglasses and even replicating real tattoos with temporary ones, Chris Urbanski and his 10-year-old son Christopher looked like twins as they competed in Saturday’s annual Father-Son Look-alike Contest at Read more



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Build-A-Bear Workshop's Pay Your Age promotion is back, and this time the company has a plan to avoid long lines, store closings, crying children or angry parents. Read more


Kid’s World Preschool is opening a second location in Cape Coral. The new 10,000-square-foot building is designed by Art Catellanos of Castellanos + Tramonte Architects. Construction is expected to begin this fall. Read more



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For many children in Southwest Florida, school is their main source for a nutritious meal. To make sure no child goes hungry over the long summer break, Lee and Collier schools are participating in the USDA summer food service program. Read more



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Mother's Day is nearly here and several Southwest Florida attractions and businesses are offering deals for moms and grandmas, from free admission to Sun Splash to 20% off "Corteo" tickets. Read more


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The Lee County Spelling Bee took place at the Three Oaks Middle School in south Fort Myers. Read more



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Harriet the bald eagle is a celebrity in Southwest Florida. Thousands of people have watched her raise her family via the Eagle Cam in a nest perched high in a tree on the Pritchett family’s land in North Fort Myers. Now there's a children's book. Read more



Special to SW FL Parent & Child

Keep Lee County Beautiful, a volunteer-based nonprofit that aims to end littering, improve recycling and beautify Lee County’s communities, is looking for ambassadors to be spokespeople for the team. Read more



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There’s a new party in town. You know how you can drink with your friends and handle a paint brush at the same time at Wine and Canvas Fort Myers? Now there’s a kid version. Read more



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Industry surveys show that camps are filling up earlier each year, and now is the perfect time to find the right camp. American Camp Association President and CEO Tom Rosenberg offers tips for finding the best summer camp for your child. Read more

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At The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, you give in to grilled cheese; the kids give in to Brussels sprouts. Read more



Special to SW FL Parent & Child

Keep Lee County Beautiful is looking for youth ages 12-18 to help beautify Lee County on Global Youth Service Day on April 13. Read more

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