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Halloween Spooktacular

Special to SW FL Parent & Child

Hundreds of costumed trick-or-treaters and their parents went to Bell Tower's Halloween Spooktacular on October 26. The kids went door-to-door for candy and snacks. Plus in the Center Court, there were pony rides and a dance party. Read more

Snapshots

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On Halloween night, kids all over Southwest Florida hit the streets in costume to collect as much candy as they can carry. To save their pearly whites, dentists and orthodontists in the area often offer to buy back kids' candy. Read more

Features

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Amanda Inscore

This weekend, the Global Big Latch On celebrates 10 years of bringing moms together to breastfeed all at once around the world. Lee Health is hosting two events, one in Cape Coral, another in Estero. Read more

Wellness

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In Florida, all families can buy back-to-school clothes, shoes and supplies — including computers — and pay no sales tax August 2-6. Read more

Features

We rounded up the big back-to-school questions and posed them to the appropriate experts in the community to get you answers. Read more

Education

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Special to SW FL Parent & Child

United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee is recruiting volunteers for the United Way ReadingPals program to read to 4- and 5-year-olds at 19 school sites in Lee and Hendry counties. Read more

Education

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Several organizations in Southwest Florida are collecting school supplies for teachers and for students in need. Plus, several events are planned to distribute free supplies to families. Read more

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The Lee County Tax Collector launched an Instagram contest for new drivers Tuesday called #LCTCRockTheRoad. Read more

Features

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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

Things To Do

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You’re likely to hear a lot about space this summer. There’s a big 50th anniversary coming up: the first time humans set foot on the moon. Here are numerous ways to celebrate, both locally and at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Read more

Things To Do

Encourage young imaginations to take off and explore the mysteries of space with these great finds in honor of the moon mission’s 50th anniversary. Read more

Features

Five books to get kids summer reading started. Read more

Education

Being a mom gets messy, though, and Cat and Nat — Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer — tackle it head on. Read more

Things To Do

This year must be the Summer of Free Stuff. We’re getting notifications about all sorts of freebies for kids and families. Read more

Things To Do

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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

Things To Do

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Special to SW FL Parent & Child

The IMAG History & Science Center has a new interactive exhibit: an augmented reality sandbox. Read more

Things To Do

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We just had to share this Father's Day relevant research. You see, Groupon Coupons took on one of society's most pressing questions (that's mom sarcasm there): Which states love dad jokes the most? And which the least? Read more

Features

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Special to SW FL Parent & Child

Two Southwest Florida teachers are among 11 educators honored by Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar’s annual Above and “BEE”yond Teacher Essay Contest. Read more

Education

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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Wellfit Girls

Girls in Collier County have new options to help them gain confidence and fitness through two programs by Wellfit Girls. Read more

Wellness

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Special to SW FL Parent & Child

Dance got her to potty train. Now she's one of the stars of "Dance Moms" Season 8 on the Lifetime Network. This weekend, Sarah Georgiana is coming to meet and dance with Southwest Florida kids. Read more

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