Pirates, pugs and poltergeists

Plan ahead for a positively perfect weekend

'Savvy! Look over there for another treasure,' says Captain Johnny O' to a young pirate at Freedom Park. Photo by Laura Pacter

"Savvy! Look over there for another treasure," says Captain Johnny O' to a young pirate at Freedom Park. Photo by Laura Pacter

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

PUGS

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.

Pugfest VIII — Cirque du Pug

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)

Information: http://readfest.org/pugfest2013.aspx

PIRATES

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.

Young lads and lassies were thrilled to discover hidden treasure at Freedom Park. Park Ranger Cynthia Piper, along with Captain Johnny O' provided a pirate's life for a day, with plenty of coins in a treasure chest below deck at Freedom Park. Photo by Laura Pacter

Young lads and lassies were thrilled to discover hidden treasure at Freedom Park. Park Ranger Cynthia Piper, along with Captain Johnny O' provided a pirate's life for a day, with plenty of coins in a treasure chest below deck at Freedom Park. Photo by Laura Pacter

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

Information: 239-252-4062

POLTERGEISTS

Kayla Lacivita, 10, waits for visitors to arrive at the bakery where she is stationed as a baker's assistant during a night of ghost walks at Koreshan State Historical Site in Estero Friday night.  Visitiors learn about the history of the people that founded the site through historical presentations on the walk.  The ghost walks continue tonight, at 7 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 7:45 p.m.   Darron R. Silva/Staff

Kayla Lacivita, 10, waits for visitors to arrive at the bakery where she is stationed as a baker's assistant during a night of ghost walks at Koreshan State Historical Site in Estero Friday night. Visitiors learn about the history of the people that founded the site through historical presentations on the walk. The ghost walks continue tonight, at 7 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 7:45 p.m. Darron R. Silva/Staff

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

Playing the rolse of Gustave Damkoler, Dr. Walter Peterson, left, tells the crowd about the history of Koreshan State Historical Site during a ghost walk at the park Friday evening.  Volunteers led tours through the site, teaching visitors about the people that founded the site through stories.  Darron R. Silva/Staff

Playing the rolse of Gustave Damkoler, Dr. Walter Peterson, left, tells the crowd about the history of Koreshan State Historical Site during a ghost walk at the park Friday evening. Volunteers led tours through the site, teaching visitors about the people that founded the site through stories. Darron R. Silva/Staff

Cost: $10, includes park admission

Registration/Information: 239-992-0311

Something else: Tickets must be bought in advance and are non-refundable.

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