Fun Ideas for Lee County Spring Break

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At the Mound House

Kids will have so much fun they won’t notice they’re learning a little bit on spring break at programs that explore the culture of the Calusa Indians at Mound House on Fort Myers Beach.
While Lee County schools are closed from Monday, April 10 through Monday, April 17, the historic structure across Estero Boulevard from the beach will give idle hands and minds – and those of parents and grandparents – an opportunity to learn about:

Calusa Indian Art, mound house, fort myers beach
Participants in a Calusa Art class show their artwork.

Calusa Indian Art
Tuesday, April 12 at 11 a.m.

The Calusa Indians created beautiful works of art in paintings and carvings with images that reflected their spiritual and natural world. This program offers student aged children and adults a chance to create their own works of art using Calusa based themes in stenciled images.

Archaeology of the Mound House
Wednesday, April 13 and Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m.

Explore what archaeologists uncovered about the Calusa Indians that lived on this 2,000-year-old Indian Shell Mound. Participants will have the opportunity to handle reproduction Calusa Indian tools, and weapons. Get down to the nitty gritty of being an archaeologist by learning some of the techniques and tools that are used. Fun for all ages.

Cool Calusa Indian Tools and Weapons
Thursday, April 14 at 1 p.m.

Known as the “shell people”, the Calusa Indians lived in Southwest Florida for over 2,000 years. Learn about the many different weapons and tools they made. Swing a real conch hammer, handle a shark tooth carving tool, and try your luck with an ancient atlatl “spear thrower” as you step back in time atop an ancient Calusa Indian Shell Mound. This program is suited for families and visitors of all ages.

Calusa Indian Tools and Weapons
Kids learn about Calusa tools and weapons. Photos courtesy of the Mound House.

Calusa Indian Pottery
Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m.

Explore the ceramics of Southwest Florida and the Calusa Indians with this hand on program. Participants will make and decorate their own piece of clay pottery while learning how the Calusa and other indigenous people made their ceramics. Sneak a peek at artifacts not currently on public display and learn how archaeologists study pottery fragments and other artifacts to better understand cultures of the past. Fun for all ages.

Family Fun Kayak Tour

And also for the whole family, check out the new Family Fun Kayak Tour on Thursday, April 14 at 9 a.m.! This was designed especially for parents and their children ages 6 and up. Look for wildlife including birds, dolphins and manatees as you cruise through the mangroves in the Estero Bay. This trip is great for children and first-time kayakers with instruction on land before heading out on the water at an easy, relaxed pace. The cost is $15 (ages 6 to 12); $25 (ages 13 and up). Museum admission is included and all paddling equipment is provided.

Sunset Guided Kayak Tour

That’s still not all. Guided Museum Tours are held throughout the week at various times, and a Sunset Guided Kayak Tour is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Guided Kayak Eco-Tours and Boat Trips to Mound Key are offered throughout the month as well.

Reservations are required for kayak tours and costs vary. Call for more information.
No reservations are needed to get away from the bustle of the beach to visit Mound House’s three acres of landscaped, bayfront grounds, just right for a quiet walk or to spread out a picnic lunch you packed for the occasion.

Come see what secrets have been unearthed from 2,000 years of history on the site of this ancient shell mound.

The Mound House at 451 Connecticut St. is owned and operated by the town of Fort Myers Beach. Limited parking is available at and around the grounds with overflow parking at 216 Connecticut Street. The Mound House is a stop on the Fort Myers Beach trolley route.

Admission to the Mound House is $10 for adults, $8 for students with college ID, $5 for students 6 to 12, and free for kids 5 and under. With the exception of kayak trips, many programs are included with museum admission. Others cost an additional $5.

For more information, go to moundhouse.org or call 239-765-0865.