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Planet Kids Orlando Newspaper is a FREE monthly bilingual publication geared to motivate children to read. This literacy project was created by Gabriela Stephanie Garcia 14 years ago; her goal was to have a newspaper that kids can read while having fun at the same time.
Planet Kids Orlando, was born over 14 years ago when a little 9-year old girl had a dream to have a newspaper “just” for kids. A newspaper that would motivate kids to read, and also inspire them to create, dream and challenge them in a positive way.
We are re-launching this newspaper in August 3, 2019, at the Back to School Event at the Fashion Square Mall. Approximately 10K kids will receive backpacks, school supplies, health, and dental screenings.
Our goal is to reach kids in Orlando, Central Florida, all Florida, United States and maybe the whole world. Why not?
Thank you to Michael Radka for giving us the opportunity to bring back a little dream of ours at the 14th year, Back to School Event.
MAIN STREET BLAST
For those who can’t wait until July 4 to get the party started, New Port Richey’s KIAFEST Main Street Blast early Independence Day celebration includes all the holiday highlights: fair food, a Miss Firecracker contest, live music and, of course, fireworks.
Where: Downtown New Port Richey
TAMPA BAY CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL
Festive music, loud colors and fiery foods take over St. Petersburg’s Albert Whitted Park while a colorful street parade honors the Caribbean culture. Great live music, too.
Where: St. Petersburg
COCOA BEACH PIRATE FEST
This family-friendly pirate fest has enough to keep everyone entertained, including interactive treasure hunts, water-cannon battles in a pirate-themed splash pool, black powder weapon demonstrations and an adults-only Pirate’s Ball.
Where: International Palms Resort, Cocoa Beach
SILVER SPURS RODEO
More than 70 years old, this classic Central Florida rodeo is still going strong, drawing the best bull riders, barrel racers and ropers to the Silver Spurs Arena. The event kicks off with the glitzy Miss Silver Spurs pageant and has various kids’ activities and interesting vendors to visit during rodeo breaks.
Where: Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee
POLKA DOT FLEA
As cute as it sounds, the annual Polka Dot Flea is filled with cool vintage items and wares, more like a Paris street market than a junkyard of overstock items. Treasure hunters delight in one-of-a-kind finds for their home and garden, as well as unique items of clothing, funky antique jewelry, repurposed bikes, furniture and more.
Where: Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando
NEW SMYRNA BEACH KITE FESTIVAL
What better way to kick off the summer than by flying a good old-fashioned kite? See kite demonstrations and kite club competitions and get free lessons by the pros. A kid’s zone offers free kites to the first 400 children each festival day.
Where: New Smyrna Beach
ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Lakeridge Winery invites the public this popular event featuring an annual stomping of the grapes and live music. Local artists and crafters show off their goods while patrons may sample dozens of types of wine and beer, as well as soft drinks, food and desserts.
Where: Lakeridge Winery, Clermont
HISTORIC COCOA VILLAGE’S BBQ & BLUES
In one of Cocoa Village’s most competitive events of the year, culinary teams from around the southeastern U.S. bring their pork butts, ribs, sauces and A-games to grill, smoke and slow-cook their way to win $9,000 in cash prizes. You be the judge of People’s Choice, Best Sauce and Best Dessert.
Where: Historic Cocoa Village
This long-running annual features tub-loads of slithery, cold-blooded creatures for petting, handling, photographing, purchasing or watching in one of the many educational lecture events devoted to snakes, geckos, iguanas, toads, turtles and more.
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa
THUNDER ON THE RIDGE
This annual event sets Polk County a-glow with the area’s largest July 4th fireworks display, including a Guinness World Record number of sparklers lit at once. General admission is free and includes live music, children’s activities, games, arts & crafts vendors, a beer garden and food concessions.
Where: Haines City
Shark! Ease your fears of these saw-toothed beasts by learning more about their fascinating history, psychology, physiology, habits and pop culture significance at the returning SharkCon, a weekend of education and interactive fun honoring the ocean. See displays featuring touch tanks, paddleboard lessons and even mermaids.
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa
FIREWORKS AT THE FOUNTAIN
The Orlando Concert Band entertains the July 4th crowd with patriotic favorites while families enjoy a kids’ activity area with basketball, tennis and more. Grab some BBQ and drinks before settling near the lake to watch a dazzling nighttime fireworks display.
Where: Lake Eola Park, Orlando
COOL ART SHOW
This popular, free indoor (read: air-conditioned!) art show fills the St. Petersburg Coliseum with ceramics, jewelry, photography, paintings, sculpture and multimedia works. Food and drinks, including beer and wine, are also on the menu.
Where: St. Petersburg
MAJOR BEACH SOCCER
More than 100 teams and thousands of spectators flood the white sands of Clearwater Beach to take part in this serious beach soccer competition series. It’s a fun break from the usual beach sports of volleyball and Frisbee and one of five qualifying tournaments leading up to the December national championships.
Where: Clearwater Beach
A SCI-FI FOURTH OF JULY
Dress up as your favorite sci-fi movie character and hit the streets of Celebration for this quirky, upbeat Independence Day party. Live music provided by colorful bands, artists and artists will lead up to a spectacular fireworks display set to a sci-fi soundtrack.
Where: Downtown Celebration
TASTE OF THE BEACHES
Sample seafood, desserts, hot sauces, jams, ice cream, ethnic cuisine and more from local favorite restaurants and caterers serving the beach foodie scene. Buy a $25 drink wristband and taste unlimited beer and wine, too.
Where: Madeira Beach
SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS
Check out the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and its score of patriotic and pops classics while watching an evening of fireworks under the stars. Turn it into an all-day event by also going to the preceding Red Hot & Boomin’ BBQ at the nearby Cocoa Civic Center, which includes VIP seating for the fireworks.
Where: Cocoa Riverfront Park, Cocoa
COKE ZERO 400
A favorite Independence Day weekend event for decades among NASCAR fans, this Sprint Cup Series stock car race is always filled with thrills and surprises for its thousands of diehard spectators. Be sure to stay for the huge fireworks display after the race.
Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach
LEESBURG’S 4th of JULY
This small-town, family-focused celebration seems to grow larger every year, filling the day-long schedule with swimming, face painting, games, BBQ, snow cones, stilt walkers, balloon artists, free ice cream, live bands, and of course, elaborate fireworks.
Where: Venetian Gardens, Leesburg
DUNEDIN ORANGE FESTIVAL
In a town known for its history of oranges, orange groves and citrus packing, this festival became a natural fit in 2010 and has been held every July in Edgewater Park since. Sample some contest entries in the local restaurant Mojo cook-Off Contest, or try some fruity ice cream, smoothies and juice blends.
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