Kid Events in Naples: The Best of Summer Family Vacations in Paradise

By Jennifer Adams

Kid-friendly fun on the Paradise Coast heats up in the summer! In-between beach days on the award-winning shores of Naples and Marco Island, add these fun children’s events to your summer vacation calendar. (Even better: Many of them are free!)

Fun and free kids events in Naples.

Castles for Kids Sandsculpting Contest
It’s a day of fun in the sun at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples’ (C’mon for short) annual Castles for Kids event. Held at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, the day sees teams of two to five—consisting of at least one adult and one child—compete in a classic sandsculpting competition. There are awards for everyone, from biggest sculpture to best Florida theme. But that’s not all; there are also pirates, raffles, food and other festivities.
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Kids Free Fridays
Among the free kids events in Naples is this popular summer education program at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, providing free admission for the entire family on Fridays during the summer. Each week, children aged 12 and younger learn about a different theme, from mammals to birds to reptiles, through scheduled programs and activities.
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Naples Bicycle Tours
See the Paradise Coast by bike during a guided bicycle tour. The two- to two-and-a-half hour tours take you through the heart of historic Old Naples, Marco Island or the Everglades with a Florida Certified Naturalist guide. They’re ideal for kids 12 years and older, and each ticket includes your bicycle rental, plus water, snacks and a helmet.
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Family FUNday at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Kids 18 and under are free at this wildly fun event on July 20th. Meet animal ambassadors including snakes, alligators and more. Enjoy a guided walk on the sanctuary's boardwalk, arts and crafts, and a special appearance by the North Naples Fire Department, complete with a fire engine and firefighters. Visit the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Facebook page for details. 

Pure Florida Kids Science Cruise
Pure Florida’s Naples location at TIn City will offer a Kids Science Cruise on Saturday, July 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., featuring a fun and engaging science show by Glen Beitmen of “Super Science & Amazing Art” with the theme “The Wonders of Water.” Learn more here:

W.O.N.D.E.R. in the Garden
Learning and creating is the name of the game at Naples Botanical Garden. Every day during  July and on weekends from August through October, children explore themed lessons and activities in the Vicky C. and David Byron Smith Children’s Garden. (For example, digging into soil reveals how worm activities nourish the Garden’s plants!) The program is included with regular Garden admission.
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