The Florida Aquarium’s Holiday FantaSea

The Florida Aquarium FantaSea 2012Time: 9:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 through Sunday, December 30, 2012
Location: The Florida Aquarium
Cost: FREE for members or included with regular admission; Cafe Ray will be open late with special holiday treats and beverages available for purchase (Holiday FantaSea Kids Special: Aquarium lunch box, 12 oz. souvenir cup and crazy straw for just $5 with purchase of any Kids Meal)
Info: (813) 273-4000; Florida Aquarium Website; Aquarium Holiday Festivites

What’s Doing?
After Christmas, the Florida Aquarium will welcome winter with a play area featuring real snow for the kids to play in (Age 8 and younger; begins at 2 p.m.), holiday light shows (6 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.), mermaids at 5:30 p.m. nightly, and a model train display.

All aquarium exhibits will be open, and extended hours (open until 6:30 p.m.) will give you and your kids even more time to enjoy the exhibits and winter-themed festivities.

Address:
The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

RELATED LINKS:
1. Online Winter Break Play Ideas
2. After Christmas Events Before School Starts
3. First Night St. Pete 2013
4. Jump!Zone “Noon” Years Eve Party for Kids

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Image courtesy of The Florida Aquarium

After Christmas Events Before School Starts

Christmas is over but school hasn’t started back up yet. No need to go stir-crazy at home. There are still lots of things to do to get out of the house. We’re here to help!

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Kids … Dillydally with DaliThe Dali Museum
Time: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.); 11:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Sat.); 12:30-4 p.m. (Sun.)
Date: Daily
Location: The Dali Museum
Cost: FREE for these activities in the classroom; Regular admission applies if you want to explore the museum
Info: The Dali Museum Website

What’s Doing?
Children can discover the creative world of Dali every day in the Education Classroom through stories, puzzles and activities that educate and encourage family interaction. There will be a story hour every Tuesday through Thursday at 11:15 a.m., featuring selected books from the Dali Museum Library and Store. Activities and puzzles are available through 5:30 p.m. weekdays. And on Saturdays, Dillydally with Dali features fun games, puzzles and unique arts and crafts activities.

Address:
The Dali Museum
One Dali Boulevard
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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Ruskin Family Drive-In
Time: Box Office will open at 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 7:30 p.m. (Sun.-Thurs.)
Date: Nightly
Location: Ruskin Family Drive-In
Cost: $6/person, $1/child (age 5-8), FREE for children 4 years old and younger (CASH ONLY; admission includes BOTH movies); Food and drinks available for purchase at the concession stand
Info: Ruskin Family Drive-In Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids out to experience a bit of yesteryear at Hillsborough County’s only digital drive-in theatre. Visit the Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre website to find out movies are being shown this month.

Address:
Ruskin Family Drive-In
5011 US Highway 41 North
Ruskin, FL 33572

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Joy-Lan Drive-In & Swap Shop
Time: Box Office will open at 7 p.m. (Closed Mon. & Tues.)
Date: Wednesday through Sunday nights
Location: Joy-Lan Drive-In & Swap Shop
Cost: $4/adult, $1/child (age 4-9); Food and drinks available for purchase at the snack bar
Info: (352) 567-5085; Joy-Lan Drive-In Website

What’s Doing?
Enjoy a family evening at the drive-in! Contact the theater for movies coming in December.

Address:
Joy-Lan Drive-In & Swap Shop
On US Highway 301 near Jordan Road
North of Dade City, FL 33523

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Wander the Holiday Card Trail at Al Lopez ParkChristmas Wreath
Time: Park hours are from sunrise to 9 p.m.
Date: Through January 1, 2013, closed Christmas Day
Location: Al Lopez Park (Main Loop Trail)
Cost: FREE
Info: Contact the Hunt Community Center at (813) 348-1172

What’s Doing?
Brighten your holidays and enjoy some family time together outdoors … take a stroll along the main trail loop of Al Lopez Park and experience the Holiday Card Trail created by the Parks and Recreation after school program participants. Giant greeting cards painted and decorated by students and staff from the City of Tampa’s 25 facilities offer warm holiday wishes to everyone who passes by.

Address:
Al Lopez Park
4810 North Himes Avenue
Tampa, FL 33614

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IKEA Tampa Kids’ AcademyIKEA Logo
Time: 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m.
Date: December 26, 27 & 28, 2012
Location: IKEA Tampa Store
Cost: FREE
Info: IKEA list in .pdf form

What’s Doing:
IKEA Tampa Kids’ Academy offers a FREE meal and a craft for kids on their days off from school during the 2012-2013 school year. All activities take place in the Exit Lobby. The Kids’ Academy is FREE for children under 12, and all participants enjoy a FREE activity, FREE IKEA Tampa Kids’ Academy T-shirt, and a FREE kids meal in the Restaurant.

Wednesday, December 26: Pajama story time in the mattress studio
Thursday, December 27: Make a snowflake
Friday, December 28: Ring in the New Year with your own party favor

Address:
Ikea Tampa Store
1103 North 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33605

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The Florida Aquarium FantaSea 2012Time: 9:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 through Sunday, December 30, 2012
Location: The Florida Aquarium
Cost: FREE for members or included with regular admission; Cafe Ray will be open late with special holiday treats and beverages available for purchase (Holiday FantaSea Kids Special: Aquarium lunch box, 12 oz. souvenir cup and crazy straw for just $5 with purchase of any Kids Meal)
Info: (813) 273-4000; Florida Aquarium Website; Aquarium Holiday Festivites

What’s Doing?
After Christmas, the Florida Aquarium will welcome winter with a play area featuring real snow for the kids to play in (Age 8 and younger; begins at 2 p.m.), holiday light shows (6 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.), mermaids at 5:30 p.m. nightly, and a model train display.

All aquarium exhibits will be open, and extended hours (open until 6:30 p.m.) will give you and your kids even more time to enjoy the exhibits and winter-themed festivities.

Address:
The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

Image courtesy of The Florida Aquarium

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Tampa’s Downtown on ICE 2012Tampa's Downtown on Ice logo
Time: Varies by day; see hours of operation below
Date: Wednesday, December 26, 2012-Saturday, January 5, 2013
Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Cost: Tickets for ice skating are $10/person for 90 minutes (includes skate rental); The movies are FREE
Info: E-mail J.R. Malone at icerinkeventstampa@yahoo.com for general rink information;
Tampa’s Downtown on Ice Website

What’s Doing?
It’s not every day we Floridians get to enjoy such northern delights, so make a date to head Downtown for some outdoor ice skating this holiday season!

Hours of Operation:
— Monday-Thursday: 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
— Friday: 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
— Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
— Sunday: 12-9 p.m.

NOTE: You can reserve the rink for private parties Monday-Thursday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. On nights that private events are scheduled, the rink will be closed from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Address:
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

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Sunsets at Pier 60 Sunset Theatre
Time: Movies begin at dusk (Approx. 5:45 p.m.)
Date: Friday, December 28; Saturday, December 29; Sunday, December 30; Monday, December 31 (weather permitting each day)
Location: Pier 60
Cost: FREE; Popcorn and soft drinks are available for sale
Info: (727) 449-1036; Pier 60 Website

What’s Doing?
Sunsets at Pier 60 is a daily FREE family festival that includes artisans and crafters, street performers, musical entertainment and, of course, a beautiful sunset every night! Every Friday and Saturday night, you can also enjoy a FREE film screening. Bring a blanket or low chair, and watch a movie on the jumbo screen.

Friday, December 28: Madagascar 3/PG
Saturday, December 29: Men in Black 3/PG-13
Sunday, December 30: Finding Neverland/PG
Monday, December 31: New Years Eve/PG-13

Address:
Sunsets at Pier 60
10 Pier 60 Drive
Clearwater, FL 33767

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Screen on the GreenPuss in Boots Movie Poster
Time: Movie begins at 7 p.m.
Date: Friday, December 28, 2012
Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Cost: FREE; Popcorn and candy will be on sale
Info: (813) 966-5505; Tampa’s Downtown on Ice Website

What’s Doing?
Screen on the Green will take place at Curtis Hixon Park. Enjoy some family skate time at Tampa’s Downtown on Ice, then enjoy a family movie under the stars. Here’s what will be playing:

Friday, December 28: Puss in Boots/PG

Address:
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

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FREE Holiday Film Series at MuvicoElf movie poster
Time: 10 a.m.
Date: Saturday, December 29, 2012 &
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Location: Muvico Theaters
Cost: FREE
Info: Muvico Theaters Website

What’s Doing?
FREE holiday movies at area Muvico Theaters. To make this experience even sweeter, Muvico is offering their Kid’s Tray for only $3.50 when you attend these special holiday movies, with $0.50 of each purchase going to support the Will Rogers Institute. Here’s what’s playing:

Saturday, December 29: Elf/PG
Sunday, December 30: Elf/PG

NOTE: This is a FREE event and seating is limited, so plan to arrive early.

Address:
Find a Muvico Theatre locator near you.

CherryBerry Loves “What’s Doing? Tampa Bay” Readers!
Deal Typography-smallBring your ticket stub to CherryBerry New Tampa following the FREE December movies at Muvico Theaters (NOTE: The Muvico Starlight 20 Theater is right across the street from CherryBerry New Tampa), and they will give all kids age 6 and younger 50% off with an adult purchase!

Address:
CherryBerry New Tampa
18091 Highwoods Preserve Parkway
Tampa, FL 33647

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Saturdays @ the Morean
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Location: Morean Arts Center
Cost: FREE
Info: Morean Arts Center Website

What’s Doing?
The Morean Arts Center will have a FREE art experience specially geared for families with children ages 5–10. The center will be open for FREE art exploration with open art stations and take-home projects with instructors on hand to assist. The projects are held in the Bank of America Children’s Learning Center.

Address:
Morean Arts Center
719 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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Lakeshore Learning Center In-Store Crafts
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m
Date: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Location: Lakeshore Learning Store
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 207-0468; Lakeshore Learning Store Website

What’s Doing?
Lakeshore Learning Store has FREE crafts for kids to make that go along with the month or season. Every time you complete a craft, you receive a paper dollar. Once you collect 3, you can turn them in for a prize from the treasure chest! Here’s what’s planned for December:

Saturday, December 29: New Year’s Party Mask

Address:
Lakeshore Learning Store
4501 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33609

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Christmas at the Movies
Time: 9 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
Date: Sunday, December 30, 2012
Location: First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 988-1138; FBCTempleTerrace Website

What’s Doing?
Join other families for “Christmas at the Movies” the last Sunday in December.

Address:
First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace
10002 North 56th Street
Temple Terrace, FL 33617

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Kiwi Crate LogoSnow Day Craft Workshops
Time:
11:30 a.m.
Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 (PLUS! January 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2013)
Location: Pottery Barn Kids
Cost: $5/kit
Info: (813) 253-0964; Pottery Barn Kids Website

What’s Doing?
Following their weekly FREE children’s story time, join staff for a deluxe hands-on craft project designed exclusively for Pottery Barn Kids by Kiwi Crate.

Even Better! If you can’t make it to the event, parents can inquire at the store about purchasing one of the Kiwi Crate’s educational projects to take home.

Address:
Pottery Barn Kids
Hyde Park Village
804 South Village Circle
Tampa, FL 33606

Image courtesy of Kiwi Crate

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Jungle Boogie
Time:
11 a.m.
Date: Every Wednesday (Wednesday, January 2, 2013)
Location: Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
Cost: $3
Info: (727) 893-7326; Boyd Hill Nature Preserve Website

What’s Doing?
Children age 3 and 4 and their parent or caregiver are invited for a nature story, craft and outdoor exploration every Wednesday morning.

Address:
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
1101 Country Club Way South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

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Read. Play. Shop Story Time
Time:
10:45-11:45 a.m.
Date: Friday, January 4, 2013 (This event takes place every Friday morning.)
Location: Tyrone Square (Simon Kidgits Play Area near JCPenney)
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 381-2066; Simon Kidgits Club Events; Chick-fil-A in Tyrone Mall Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
All children are invited to Tyrone Square for a special story time and visit from the Chick-fil-A Cow. This week celebrates National Bird Day with stories will be about birds, followed by a cool parrot craft in the Food Court. Plus, the Chick-fil-A Cow will be giving photo ops and hugs.

Address:
Tyrone Square
6901 Tyrone Square
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

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Air Potato

The air potato has no natural enemies, and nothing can eat it. This poses a threat to animals because it is killing off the plants they eat.

Air Potato Roundup
Time: 10 a.m.
Date: 1st Saturday of every month (Saturday, January 5, 2013)
Location: Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 893-7326; Boyd Hill Classes and Programs

What’s Doing?
I’ve had Moms ask where they and their children can volunteer together, to instill a tradition of service to their community. Okay, if you are looking for a truly unique volunteer opportunity families can participate in together, how about this … head over to Boyd Nature Center and volunteer to help remove invasive, fast-growing air potato plants and other exotic vegetation that crowds out native plants.

NOTE: Volunteers age 15 and younger must be accompanied by adult. Be sure to wear suitable clothing and closed toe shoes.

Address:
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
1101 Country Club Way South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Hand Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Air Potato Image courtesy of Invasive Species of Easter USA Blog.

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RELATED LINKS:
1. Find more Holiday Events in 2012
2. Have fun with Online Winter Break Play Ideas
3. Check the WDTB calendar to find more kid-friendly events taking place around Tampa Bay in December and January.

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Step Into a Life-Size Game of Clue

Magnifying Glass in HandTime: 2-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Location: Palm Harbor Library (Palm Harbor Room)
Cost: FREE, but registration is required
Info: (727) 784-3332; Register online (Registration ends on Dec. 28 at 8 a.m.); Palm Harbor Library Website

What’s Doing?
Students age 8 and up can join as individuals or in teams and step into shoes of Colonel Mustard or Mrs. Peacock to help solve the murder of Mr. Boddy in this life-size replica of a Clue board game.

Address:
Palm Harbor Library
2330 Nebraska Avenue
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

RELATED LINKS:
1. Online Winter Break Play Ideas
2. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Pier with Strolling Entertainers, Music, Fireworks and More!
3. First Night St. Pete 2013

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Jump!Zone “Noon” Years Eve Party for Kids

New Years RocketsTime: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Monday, December 31, 2012
Location: Jump!Zone
Cost: $10/child (over age 1) plus tax (includes noisemaker, cookies and juice); Parents and babies under 1 year are FREE; Pizza sold separately for kids and adults, and adults can purchase drinks as well (NOTE: No coupons, bounce passes or Groupons may be used for this special event.)
Info: (813) 925-1010; Jump!Zone Website

What’s Doing?
Before your big New Years Eve midnight celebration, bring the kids to welcome in the new year with their own “Noon” Years Eve party. Bounce in an 8,000-square-foot inflatable play arena, play arcade games for prizes before and after the countdown to Noon, when kids can ring in 2013 with noisemakers. Cookies and juice for the kids will be served at 12:30 p.m.

NOTE: This special holiday event is open to the public; Reservations are not necessary.

Address:
Jump!Zone
12402 Race Track Road
Tampa, FL 33626

RELATED LINKS:
1. Lowry Park Zoo Celebrates “Noon” Year’s Eve
2. Party Like it’s 2013 at “Noon” Year’s Eve at Glazer Children’s Museum
3. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Pier with Strolling Entertainers, Music, Fireworks and More!
4. First Night St. Pete 2013
5. Outback Bowl New Years Eve Parade and Pep Rally in Ybor City

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Online Winter Break Play Ideas

And so it begins … Winter Break 2012. That means five long days to fill with kid-friendly fun, or you’ll be hearing a lot of “I’m bored.” Of course, bike rides and park play are always a great, healthy way to spend an afternoon. This weekend we’ll be posting a round-up of family fun events taking place between December 26-30, and below we’re sharing some of our favorite online activities to enjoy with our kids.

We wish you all many hours of fun together during this Winter Break!

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OfficeMax ElfYourself LogoElfYourself, courtesy of OfficeMax
Take a little time to laugh at yourself this season. Visit the OfficeMax Elf Yourself website with your kids and upload images of yourselves and watch as you become dancing elves. You can even make an e-card to send to the Grandparents!

Image courtesy of OfficeMax

Thanks to our friend Valerie at Manasota Family Fun for putting us onto this site!

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Melting Snowmen Oreo Cookie BallsMake Some Fun Oreo Recipes
Nabisco has lots of fun and easy recipes you and your kids can make using Oreo cookies, like in the Melting Snowmen OREO Cookie Balls pictured here. Tasty!

Image courtesy of Mondelez International

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JCPenney 2012 Button CampaignPlay the JCPenney Button Blizzard Game
First, catch as many of the falling buttons as you can in the hat. Then shoot your buttons at the snowmen as they pass back and forth. You get bonus points for hitting Santa’s sleigh, and even more points for giving all the snowmen a button nose! Just don’t hit the cute little critters. Who in your family has the best aim? I’ve only once managed to get a button nose on a snowman.

Image courtesy of JCPenney

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Chuck E. Rocks Game ImageWin FREE Tickets to Use at Chuck E. Cheese
Not sure what to do with the kids today? A trip to Chuck E. Cheese can always fill up an afternoon with fun. Before you go, though, get online with your kids and play games to score some FREE tickets. Only one free ticket reward certificate can be redeemed per child, per day (at participating locations), but you can have a lot of fun together trying to get your highest reward!

There are currently four different games to choose from now, and all give you rewards:
— Chuck E. Rocks
— Ticket Blaster®
— Skee-Ball®
— Chuck E. Blocks

Image courtesy of Chuck E. Cheese

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Visit Some Kid-friendly Online Game Sites with Your Child
ABCFamily.go.com: In this game by Pillsbury, see how many presents you can stack in Santa’s Workshop, and get a bonus for stacking them perfectly. How many can you stack? It’s surprisingly hard; we can’t seem to get very many on before one topples off. From this site, you’ll also find printable activities and coloring pages, printable gift tags and wrapping, and recipes.
McWorld.com: Take the kids out for lunch and let them run off some steam in the play area or a nearby park. Then head home with your McWorld code (included with the toy in all Kid’s Meals) to explore an online world, play games, and decorate your tree house along with your child. My daughter has collected many cool items in her tree house, we’ve managed to find all the keys to unlock all the rooms, and we’ve decided that our favorite game is the penguin bowling.
PBSKids.org: Decorate a house with Caillou, practice your Monkey Moves with Curious George, go on a Gem Hunt with Buddy from Dinosaur Train, and much more at PBSKids.org. One of our favorites is building the house in Caillou; once you’re done, you can see the characters interacting with some of the items you’ve placed in the house.
SproutOnline.com: Play games with some of your child’s favorite Sprout characters, find craft instructions and recipes, and print out coloring pages.
Kaboose: Play games, take quizzes, find printable and more based on themes, like winter and Christmas.
Flipline Studios Papa's GamesFlipline.com: Make milkshakes, pancakes, burgers, wings, pizza, tacos and more in these silly games. In each game you create a single food item. The premise for each one is that you won a prize, and the prize is taking over Papa’s restaurant while he’s on vacation. Make the best food you can quickly to satisfy a motley crew of customers. Earn tips you can use to decorate the restaurant and make your customers happier. My daughter and I have tried them all, but we most enjoy making delicious milkshakes in Papa’s Freezeria. What’s your favorite?

Image courtesy of Flipline Studios

Computer mouse image courtesy of mrpuen / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

First Night St. Pete 2013

First Night 2013 in St. PeteTime: 5 p.m.-Midnight
Date: Monday, December 31, 2012
Location: Multiple venues in downtown St. Petersburg
Cost: $10/person; Parking: All downtown parking garages are open and street parking is available for the whole evening
Info: Purchase your First Night St. Pete button online (Tickets will also be available on New Years Eve at all venues where First Night performers and/or activities are scheduled. The main information booth for First Night is located on the South End of the Museum of Fine Arts.)

What’s Doing?
The 18th Annual First Night St. Petersburg is a New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts taking place at multiple venues in downtown St. Petersburg. The family-oriented festivities feature music stages, entertainment, drama, dance, games, art, lights, dance, fire, bubbles, stories, fireworks and more! Here are some of the kid-friendly festivities planned for the evening:
— 5-8 p.m.: First Kids — Baywalk will come to life with dance, art and music activities that are fun for the entire family, like a crazy New Year’s Eve party hats craft, musical petting zoo, yoga and much more. (Baywalk)
— 5-10 p.m.: Climb the Bayan with Pathfinder (North Straub Park)
— 5 p.m. & 11 p.m.: DJ BabyChino, a 10-year-old phenom (Baywalk & North Straub Park
— 6 p.m.-Midnight: Winter Olympic Skating — Ice skate on realistic ice (bring your — 7-10:30 p.m.: Temporary Tattoos (South Straub Park)
— 7:30-8:15 p.m.: Shana Banana (Baywalk)
— 8:30-10:30 p.m.: Dundu Dole (Baywalk)
own socks!) (North Straub Park)
— 8 p.m.-Midnight: Drum Magic (South Straub Park)
… and much more!

To download the First Night 2013 Schedule, visit the First Night St. Pete website and click on “schedule.”

Even Better! There will be two fireworks displays — an early show at 9 p.m., and a second show at midnight.

Support First Night; Buy Your Buttons
These artist-designed lighted buttons are a limited edition. Be sure to purchase your buttons early to assure you get one; Hand stamps will be used after buttons are gone at the event. These buttons are not purely for show, however; First Night is supported almost entirely by private funds, and the button sales help pay for the entertainment you and your family will enjoy throughout the evening. Additional, many venues are only accessible with a button.

RELATED LINKS:
1. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Pier with Strolling Entertainers, Music, Fireworks and More!
2. Party Like it’s 2013 at Glazer Children’s Museum’s “Noon” Year’s Eve Party
3. Outback Bowl New Years Eve Parade and Pep Rally

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Pier with Strolling Entertainers, Music, Fireworks and More!

Variety Colorful FireworksTime: 1 p.m.-Midnight
Date: Monday, December 31, 2012
Location: The St. Pete Pier
Cost: ALL activities are FREE, except for face painting, which will require a nominal fee dependent on complexity of design
Info: (727) 821-6443; The Pier Website

What’s Doing?
Kick your New Year’s Eve celebrations up a notch with some family-friendly entertainment at The Pier and two fireworks shows (9 p.m. and Midnight), provided by First Night St. Pete. Here’s what’s going on for you and your kids:
— 1-9 p.m.: Face Painting
— 1-9 p.m.: Fritzy Brothers One-Man Circus along with Fran, the Mechanical Woman, and the Power Skippers, will be strolling among the crowd. Fritz will be juggling, making balloon creations, and bring smiles to kid and families with his comedy.
— 3-7 p.m.: The Dance Heads (You can become the star of your own dance video; FREE in the Dockside Activity Room)
— 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.: Comedy hypnosis by Erick Kand (Dockside Eatery Area) — Audience participation is encouraged
— 8-10 p.m: Father Time will be strolling among the crowd

In addition, bands will be playing in the courtyard. Between the breaks, guests can enjoy the return of “Baby Grand in the Sand.”

Address:
The Pier
800 Second Avenue N.E.
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

RELATED LINKS:
1. First Night St. Pete 2013
2. Outback Bowl New Years Eve Parade and Pep Rally
3. Lowry Park Zoo Celebrates “Noon” Year’s Eve

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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Party Like it’s 2013 at Glazer Children’s Museum’s “Noon” Year’s Eve Party

Glazer Children's Museum Noon Year's Eve 2012Time: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: Monday, December 31, 2012
Location: Glazer Children’s Museum
Cost: FREE for Museum members, or included with regular admission; Pay for parking in the adjacent Poe parking garage
Info: (813) 443-3861; Glazer Children’s Museum Website

What’s Doing?
Families can ring in the New Year together well before the Midnight hour at Glazer Children’s Museum. In fact, kids and their parents can celebrate the beginning of the New Year every hour, with balloon drops at the top of the hour from 12-5 p.m. Plus, kids can make their own festive party hats and noisemakers!

Address:
Glazer Children’s Museum
110 West Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602

RELATED LINKS:
1. Lowry Park Zoo Celebrates “Noon” Year’s Eve
2. Outback Bowl New Years Eve Parade and Pep Rally

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Outback Bowl New Years Eve Parade and Pep Rally

Beef O'Brady's Outback Bowl St. Pete LogoTime: Parade steps off at 5:30 p.m.
Date: Monday, December 31, 2012
Location: Ybor City
Cost: FREE
Info: 2012-13 Outback Bowl Schedule of Events

What’s Doing?
Ybor City is the site of this festive celebration featuring the Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade with floats and twenty marching bands parading down 7th Avenue, and a pep rally by the college marching bands and cheerleaders.

NOTE: No coolers or glass containers will be allowed.

Address:
Ybor City
7th Avenue
Ybor City, FL 33605

RELATED LINKS:
1. Lowry Park Zoo Celebrates “Noon” Year’s Eve

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Lowry Park Zoo Celebrates “Noon” Year’s Eve

Lowry Park Zoo Noon Year's EveTime: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Date: Monday, December 31, 2012
Location: Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Cost: Activities are included with Zoo admission or FREE for passholders; Parking is FREE
Info: (813) 935-8552; Lowry Park Zoo Website

What’s Doing?
Ring in the New Year with a “Noon” Year’s Eve daytime celebration hosted by the Zoo and Radio Disney AM 1380. The party begins with games, crafts, live entertainment, educational displays and more. At 12 o’clock kids and their families can ring in the New Year with noisemakers, hats and a juice toast.

Address:
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
1101 West Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604

RELATED LINKS:
1. Outback Bowl New Years Eve Parade and Pep Rally

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 
 

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