“Pirates in the Park” is an afternoon romp with a high-seas dress code and activity cartel for all ages. The event-wide costume contests award prizes for the most authentically sea-ravaged ensembles, and a treasure hunt rewards tykes for their sandy sleuthing. Tot-sized swabbies can craft nautical-themed crafts as well as walk a childproofed plank, readying them for the literal plank-walkings popular in high-school cafeterias. Face paintings, performances, dancing, and midair bounce-house rendezvous round out the event's attractions.
The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida traces its origins back to a middle-school classroom exhibit curated by teachers and their students. More than a decade since its opening, the museum’s modest initial exhibit has expanded into a permanent collection of more than 1,000 artifacts and original photos from the Holocaust and World War II, arranged chronologically from Nazism's rise to the Nuremberg Trials. In addition to these historical artifacts—a majority of which have been donated or loaned by local survivors and liberators—the museum regularly hosts special exhibits and tours.
On loan to the Museum from the Nortman Family is a 10-ton railway boxcar from the Holocaust era, which travels to local schools as part of an exhibition known as the Boxcar Transportation & Education Project. Additional educational programs include talks from survivors and liberators, teacher training, and a film lecture series.
The husband-and-wife team behind Adventure Lifestyle lead intimate tours of South Africa, Egypt, Europe, New England, and sailing excursions around Florida. Small groups can ride a camel around the pyramids of Giza or take a boat cruise down the Seine. Guides Rudi and Jenny speak a variety of languages and have lived in numerous countries, granting them the expertise to give memorable tours.