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Dates to Remember

Apr 1st: April's Fool.

Apr 10th-17th: Spring Break. Lee County Schools Closed. Center Open, No VPK

Apr 13th: Easter Egg Hunt.

Apr 14th: Good Friday. Center closed.

Apr 16th: Easter.

Apr 21st: Family Workshop.


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Family Workshop

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April 21st, from 5:30pm-6:30pm
Presented by:  SWF Extension Service

Join us for our April Parent Workshop in our initiative to bring healthy foods and lifestyles to parents.  These 15 minute cycle workshops enable parents to attend, receive valuable information and still get home in time for dinner.  We encourage all of our parents to attend to help us help you become a healthy and active family.  We will have samples of tasty, healthy snacks, prepared by the School Age children in the Care Club. Parents may enjoy their delicious snack during the 15 minute training on April 21st from 5:30PM-6:30PM

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Healthy Habits for Life


Healthy Habits for Life, is the next segment brought to our VPK children through our partnership with the University of South Florida Family Nutrition Program, with Felicia Nudo.  Children will be participating in physical activities based around the Sesame Street characters.  Children will explore healthy living and the importance of physical activity.  The April programming will be held on April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th.  Parents are invited to attend.


Easter Egg Hunt

On Thursday, April 13, 2017 Page Field Convalescent Center and residents will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for the children. Parents are welcome. The Hunt will start at 10:00AM. Bring your cameras!

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April 16 is Easter Day. dying eggs-605957-edited.jpgHere are some Easter Traditions for Families that you can start:

1. Plant an Easter Garden like this one. Tutorial
2. Dye Eggs with your Children.
3. Bake Easter Goodies. Here are some ideas
4. Make Easter Baskets with Your Kids.
5. Host an Easter Brunch.
6. Hunt Easter Eggs.
7. Watch Easter Movies like "Here Comes Peter Cottontail"
8. Create Easter Arts and Crafts.


Spring Rubbing and Collage Project


Sometimes, the best way to deal with spring weather is in small doses. This activity provides you with outdoor and indoor components so you can get some air but not freeze in the changeable spring temperatures.

What you need:

  • Sheets of paper. White works well but colors are fine, too.
  • Crayons and colored pencils. Older kids might want to try charcoal but that material may be too messy for the littlest artists.
  • A bag to carry your art supplies in -- pick a big bag that's easy to get things in and out of, like a beach bag or a large shopping bag
  • A large piece of poster paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors


Part one: The rubbing hunt
Set off on a walking tour of your neighborhood, or another location you haven't walked in for a while, like a local park or a downtown shopping area. Keep an eye out for interesting surfaces. You might see tree bark, a park bench, cobblestones, or signs. Anything with texture will do. Place your paper over the textured surface and rub over with a crayon or colored pencil until the image starts to form. Don't hold back -- get as many rubbings as you can on your walkabout. That will make for a more successful collage.

Part two: The collage

When you get home, spread your work out and admire your collection. Then choose the most interesting looking ones and break out the scissors. Cut out shapes from your rubbings and glue them to your poster board. You can arrange them in order, making a rubbing map of your walk. Or you can glue them at random for a more abstract effect.






- Apples
- Cream cheese
- Food coloring
- Sprinkles
- Apple corer or something to make the hole.



Step 1. Slice your apples about 3/4" thick. Use a knife, corer, or pastry tip to make a hole in the center. 
Step 2. Color you cream cheese if you'd like. We just added a drop of neon food coloring to get these bright colors. Add sprinkles. 

That's pretty much it! Enjoy this healthier "donut" for kids that makes a yummy and adorable snack. 

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