Looking for places to go with your kids that allows them some play time outside of the house, a little social interaction and lots of fun while also maintaining social distancing, increased sanitation and a safe environment to be kids....well here are three local SWFL spots that I am certain your kids will love (because mine do). And they each have implemented new safety precautions to help us feel safe to enjoy life after quarantine.
Kid's Gym: We Rock the Spectrum
address: Harbour Plaza: 17640 Tamiami Trail South, Suite 309, Fort Myers, Florida 33908
We Rock the Spectrum Fort Myers is an indoor playground that provides children with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills. Their unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development. Read all about our recent visit to WRTS Fort Myers HERE with updates on the new rules and precautions that the We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym is taking to help prevent the spread of COVID19.
Sky Zone Fort Myers
address: 14181 S Tamiami Trail #140, Fort Myers, FL 33912
Sky Zone always guarantees a fun time for my kids and gives them a chance to really run off the energy that have stored up from being inside so much lately. With reduced capacity, extra safety precautions and increased sanitation, this is another top choice for some active play that will make them excited to get off the electronics. Physical activity is so important and I am sure your kids are like mine - they have been lacking the opportunity to be active these days. Read all about our recent visits to Sky Zone Fort Myers HERE with updates on the new rules and precautions that Sky Zone is taking to help prevent the spread of COVID19.
C'MON: Golisano Children's Museum of Naples
address: 15080 Livingston Road, Naples, FL 34109
My kids have always loved the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. So, we were happy to see them open during this uncertain time. The museum is a brain-building powerhouse and Southwest Florida’s first museum devoted for children and families to learn through play. With hands-on exhibit galleries, the accessible museum invites visitors of all ages to journey through the swamps of the Everglades, weave through a maze, climb a two-story banyan tree, or experiment with the water play station.
Read all about our recent visit to C'MON HERE with updates on the new rules and precautions that the Children's Museum of Naples is taking to help prevent the spread of COVID19.
I am on a mission to get my kids lives back to some sort of new mortal that does not steal their childhood from the fun and activities and memories they deserve. So I searched for local SWFL businesses that are doing their part by practicing social distancing and extra cleaning precautions while allowing parents a healthy environment to bring kids for not only fun but to help keep their minds and bodies active! We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym is one of the perfect places I found. Adutls are required to wear face mask at all times, capacity is limited so you must reserve your play session online in advance and all guests must sanitize their hands upon entering.
We Rock the Spectrum (WRTS) Kids Gym of Fort Myers is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and fun environment to foster learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences. Through their nonprofit My Brother Rocks The Spectrum Foundation, they provide social skills groups and activities for children across the spectrum.
It provides children with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills. Our unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development.. I think that WRTS is an amazing example of helping all children grow and develop by providing an all inclusive environment.
THE GYM SIDE
From the Zipline and trampoline to the swings and jungle gym, my kids were hard to pull away from all the contraptions testing their abilities. I found all the activities on this side of the playcenter to be a great way for kids to build their skills in a safe way, allowing them to take risks while having a "safety net" to learn and build strength. They said it was hard to pick ttheir absolute favorite thing, but ultimately I think the zipline won!
The Imagination Side
I call this the imagination side because it has so many creative imaginative play centers set up that can create endless of creative play scenarios. From a diner and grocery store to a vet and doctor's office, my kids came up with some very imaginative stories while we were there. There is also a toddler area for the weee little ones, as you can see mine are too big for that area, but reflecting back on when they were babies, it would have been a nice area to have new toys to play with.
Birthday Parties Too!
If you are looking for a unique and fun location for a kids birthday, you will want to consider We Rock the Spectrum of Fort Myers. They offer birthday party packages that are designed for the specific needs of the birthday kid and family. Whether your child has special needs and requires our “Rock Unique” package, or your child just wants to play on our zip line and trampoline and have fun, we’ve got an option that will work for your family. Our mission is to create a safe and fun experience for all children.They will even help guide you through the entire party planning process and plan for party favors, birthday cakes (even gluten free), birthday activities, arts & crafts, and more! At We Rock the Spectrum, the fun never has to stop! If your kiddo needs a break from our play equipment, they can calm down in the calming area, or take a break to do some arts & crafts or play dress-up.
They have it all!
Meet the Local Owners!
Vandana (Vee) Patel is a local mom and owner of We Rock the Spectrum Fort Myers Kids Gym.. Her husband of 15 years Ankur along with their two wonderful kids, Aman (9) and Zara (6) are the local family who brought this inclusive indoor playcenter to SWFL!
"Our kids are the inspiration and motivation behind bringing We Rock the Spectrum to the Southwest Florida community, " says Patel. " Zara was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome (AS) in 2016, a rare neuro-genetic disorder which exhibit symptoms such as developmental delays, no speech or minimal speech, seizures, sleep disorders, frequent laughter, excitable personality, and walking/balance disorders. Aman and Zara love playing with each other and we always struggled finding a place outside our home where both can play together. After taking Zara to various therapies over the past 3 years, I had the opportunity to meet parents with kids of all abilities. Zara has progressed tremendously because of early intervention, so it was then I realized the need for a safe and inclusive environment for all kids to play and have fun together, all while understanding the behaviors that come hand–in–hand with developmental challenges"
Working with kids has always been Vee's passion, so it made sense when she came across the We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym Franchise. After visiting the Boca Raton location, it was love at first sight for her. She is very grateful that she was able to bring a sensory-based gym in SWFL for all kids of all abilities to play together, to learn from each other and reach their highest potential.
With Spring Break next month and Summer Break fast approaching, I start planning places to go that will not only be fun but allow my kids a chance to burn off some of that built up energy. Stepping away from electronics and getting out of the house to enjoy something active is not only healthy for the kids, it can provide some mental sanity for mom and dad, while making bedtime a breeze! I asked my kids the top three places they wanted to go during their school break to run off some energy and here is what they said: “Sky Zone, Lakes Park and their favorite local beach.”
My kids can literally play for hours at Sky Zone; so the all day pass is perfect for our family. From jumping on the trampolines, competing with one another on the ninja warrior course and warp wall and battling it out with a friendly jousting match they wear themselves out to the point that they need some downtime on the silks before jumping some more. If you are looking for a way to get your kids active while having a days worth of fun, this is the place to go!
Planning an active day outside is easy to do if you are going to Lakes Park. Just pack a picnic lunch, wear comfy shoes and bring the swimsuits, towels and sunscreen! We love to walk the trails, look for alligators & butterflies, eat in one of the many shaded spots, work up a sweat on the awesome train playground then cool off at the splash pad. It truly is a fun and exhausting day for the entire family!
The Beach at Bowditch Point
The beach is always a good idea for enjoying fresh air, getting some great exercise and soaking up the beautiful Florida life. We love this Fort Myers beach spot because there is a ton of beach to run around, lots of shallow water to play in plus some walking trails. Personally, I think Bowditch Point Park is a great beach day for those with little kids. Parking is typically easy to snag, the bathrooms are nice, lots of nearby shaded areas to rest in and not crowded compared to most other beach spots. Plus the panoramic bay views are especially beautiful at sunset.
Kids are sure to build up some energy when staying home this school break. These locations are sure to tire out your kid and induce a good night’s sleep. Give them a try!
The world needs who you are and what you have to offer. No one got to where they are by an easy road of constant wins. But every successful woman has a fire inside of her that will not burn out even through winds, rain and darness. And she has a dream that guides her fire. And determination to keep it all going. because of her desire to see this thing through until the very end. Giving up may cross her mind, but she will not let it take up residence in her heart. Cheers to a Successful 2020! Cheers to YOU!
Cheers to the past that made you who you are.
Cheers to the failures that taught you to do it better.
Cheers to the negative voices you learned to not listen to.
Cheers to the bullies you learned to shrug off.
Cheers to the woman you used to be.
Cheers to the tribe who supports your every move.
Cheers to the moments that brought you to the this very place.
Cheers to the fire that won’t let you quit.
CHEERS TO 2020 - that it will be a succesful year of growth!
Cheers to you, a successful woman.
Even though at first they might not didn’t necessarily enjoy ballet, musicals, and plays, children do learn to appreciate the beauty of performing arts. Not just as an audience member but as a performer too!
And you may be surprised to find out that it becomes something they want to do regularly. We are frequent Broadway Palm goers. The kids love the Children's Teatre shows. And you can't go wrong with the buffet that is offerred before the show begins- all family-friendly foods! So if you haven't exposed your lids to the performing arts yet, give it a try.
Still not conviced, here are 3 reasons why you should expose children to theatre:
1. It Will Make Your Child “unplug” From Technology
Phones must be turned off in a theatre. They will focus their attention on the skill of live acting versus YouTube videos of kids playing. Wouldn’t you rather have your child obsessed with Broadway instead of candy crush?
2. It's Something All Ages Can Enjoy Together
It's truly a family experience....everyone can enjoy it! Got a five-year-old and a sixteen-year-old? No problem! My five year old daughter laughs with me, cries at sad moments and anticipates the evend. And believe me, my Minecraft obsessed eight year old son enjoys himself completely during any play as much as the sixteen year old girl across in front of us.
3. It Promotes Many Life Skills
Give them a larger sense of imagination-Check!
Expand their Creativity- Check!
Literacy Awareness- Check!
Watching perfomring arts will release a form of imagination that is not tapped into via digital watching. And participating in theater will give your child more co-operational skills, discipline, and even improved self confidence as well as public speaking. All of these skills are useful with any occupation, no matter if they go into the arts or STEM career direction.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MANDY CARTER
Mandy manages the South Florida and SWFL Communities of Housewives In the City as well serving as the South Fl & Midwest Regional Manager. She is mother of two who loves to travel, shop and try new cocktails. In addition to planning events and blogging for Housewives In The City, Mandy Carter is a published writer, working model, freelance event producer & marketer at itsmandymichelle.com as well as a family travel columnist & blogger at Acupful.com.
Tacos + Beer + Live Music = Great Date Night
AS they say, the most fun you will have in a parking lot. Fort Myers Brewing Co offers 25 delicious beers on tap, great local food trucks and live music regularly. Check their website for the music and food truck schedule so you can plan your next casual date night out!
Haven't been to Fort Myers Brewing yet?
location: 12811 Commerce Lakes Dr, Fort Myers, Florida 33913
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Today, I attended the Media Preview of the newest business to reside at the Bell Tower in Fort Myers. During this private sneak peek event, I had the opportunity to try out a variety of the menu options, one-on-one interviews with management and staff, a guided tour and free game play in this 40,000 square feet entertainment complex!
Located in the mall space formerly occupied by Saks Fifth Avenue, Dave & Buster’s will officially open April 8.
The menu includes a great selection of chef-crafted food, inventive drinks, hundreds of the newest arcade games and the state-of-the-art D&B Sports Bar filled with dozens of HDTVs.
I am already a fan of their creative cocktail menu...starting with the delicious 'Backwoods Blueberry Lemonade,' which was a combination of Tito's vodka, blueberry puree, house sweet n sour and a sidecar of Firefly Strawberry Moonshine.
WIN a Dave and Buster's Fort Myers Gift Card
At the April Girl's Night Out social at Scotty's Bierwerks (April 9th), you will have a chance to win one of four $25 Gift Certificates to this NEW location of Dave and Buster's! ...Just another reason to attend the SWFL Girl's Night Out this month! In additon to this cool giveaway, there will be complimentary champagne, free dessert, swag bags, shopping and fun conversation...Plus a great happy hour special on beer and wine! Get your free ticket HERE.
HI, I AM MANDY!
I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip wine or shoot whiskey, trying new restaurants gets me excited and my children fill the days with joy, laughter and challenges!
I share fun things to do in and around the Southwest Florida area plus host monthly "Girl's Night Out" events at local businesses and cannot wait to meet all of you! I also do the same thing for the Fort Lauderdale Community!
Aside from Housewives In The City I am a freelance writer, Columnist for Lee Family News , Family Travel Blogger + Influencer and Publisher for a SWFL Church.