Southwest Florida’s entertainment calendar is so jam-packed it’s easy to miss fun events. But never fear, it’s Showcase to the rescue. We’ve picked three events to plan ahead for that are sure to appeal to kids of all ages espcially if you ever dreamed of joining the circus, setting sail for adventure on the high seas, or time traveling through history.
You can find even more fun at gonaples.com/events
This year Pugfest heads to the big top with a Cirque du Pug theme. The fundraiser for the Lee County Library System's Reading Festival is open to all dogs of all sizes and their owners and spectators.
Events include a dog costume contest, best pug cirque performer, a stay contest and a "ring of fire" jump contest.
When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27
Where: Bell Tower Shops, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers
Cost: Free admission, but $5 donation per family suggested. $5 registration fee, per event per dog. $10 registration fee Pug Cirque Performer contest (pugs only)
Avast, me hardies, it's time to set off for adventure. There be not one but two locations for treasure hunting on Jan. 26. If members of your crew are 3 to 10 years old, don your best buccaneer gear and head to Naples to join Captain Johnny O' and the Commadore for an afternoon of fun.
Over on Marco Island, crew members of all ages can learn about the marauding pirates of Southwest Florida, sing some pirate songs, compete in a costume contest or listen to tales from local authors Jim and Sarah Kaserman.
Pirate Day on Marco
Where: Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island
When: Noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 26
Information: www.colliermuseums.com or 239-642-1440
Pirate Fun Day
When: 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 26
Where: Freedom Park, 1515 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples
Cost: $5 kids 3 to 10, free parents
Something else: Children must be accompanied by an adult
The ghosts of the Koreshans are back. Friendly specters, park staff and volunteers in period dress will be your guides through nine snapshots of Koreshan life from 1900 to 1936 during Ghost Walk 2013. While this year's event has been expanded to offer more tours, space is limited to 28 people per walk, so plan on purchasing your tickets early.
Ghost Walk 2013
When: 7, 7:15, 7:30 and 7:45 p.m. Jan. 25-26 and Feb. 1-2
Where: Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero
Cost: $10, includes park admission
Something else: Tickets must be bought in advance and are non-refundable.