South Florida Parenting
5:11 PM EST, November 18, 2013
Now Through Dec. 9. Spend quality time with the kids with arts and crafts. Create fun fall-themed decorations and designs. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami. 305-253-0063 or gcrm.org. $3 per person. Admission not included.
HOLIDAY BOOK DRIVE.
Now Through January 1. Participate in this book drive that will benefit local Title 1 schools, those with a high population of free and reduced lunches. All day. Barnes & Noble - #2874, 333. N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach. Call 561-374-5986. Free.
SANTA'S ENCHANTED FOREST
Now Through Jan. 5, 2014. The world’s largest Christmas theme park with over 100 rides, shows, games and attractions. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come every year to experience the magic of South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree, millions of dazzling lights, hundreds of themed displays, festive Christmas music and delicious foods from around the world, live entertainment and carnival rides suited for the entire family. Take a virtual tour or watch the “Miracle on 40th Street” and get ready to feel the excitement. 7900 SW 40th St., Miami. santasenchantedforest.com
FESITVAL OF TREES
Nov. 23-24. This event is presented by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society Docent Organization and Jupiter. See amazing tree decorations as well as wreaths and centerpieces. Kids will have the chance to visit Santa. There will also be holiday performances by local schools and community groups. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way. 561-747-8380, ext. 101, or jupiterlighthouse.org. Free.
MIRACLE ON 136TH STREET HOLIDAY PARADE
Nov. 23. More than 20,000 residents will gather for this neat parade featuring marching bands, stilt walkers, clowns, vintage cars and local celebrities. New to this year, Santa will receive his own float. 4-5:30 p.m. 8888 SW 136th St., Miami. facebook.com/ShopTheFalls or email@example.com. Free.
LAKE WORTH BEACH ARTFEST
Nov. 23-24. Join more than 100 artists and crafters for a day of fun. The festival will feature live music and a kids’ zone. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lake Worth Beach Complex, 10 S. Ocean Blvd. 561-533-7395. Free.
WINTER WONDER ISLAND
Nov. 29-Jan. 5. Jungle Island is proud to announce a special event that’s arriving just in time for the holiday season. Join us each night as we bring all of your favorite winter dreams to life! Winter Wonder Island promises to delight children from 1 to 92 with holiday-themed lighting and activities, a spectacular laser light show, a special screening of a holiday movie and photos with Santa Claus! But what would a true winter experience be without a little snow? You’ll be able to have your very own snowball fight, build a snowman and even sled down the slopes of snow on our private beach, La Playa. Monday-Thursday from 6-10 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 6-11 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. For activities and special show times, go to www.jungleisland.com.
December 1. Presented by the Kabbalah Centre, this festival will feature kids rides, games, holiday shopping and kosher food. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mizner Park Amphitheater, 327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 561-362-0606 or boca.kabbalah.com. $15 wristband for unlimited rides for kids 3-13.
OLD FASHION HOLIDAY EVENT
December 1. Celebrate the holidays traditionally with arts, crafts, entertainment, food and a pet parade. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. SW 2nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale. Call Elaine Vasquez at 954-646-6991.
12TH ANNUAL TURKISH FESTIVAL
December 7. Celebrate Turkish heritage with music, food and entertainment. Folk dance groups will perform traditional dances including belly dancing. Featured food will include doner kebap, borek, baklava and Turkish coffee. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase Turkish arts and crafts. Childrens activities include face painting and balloon sculpting. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Emma Lou Olson Center, 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach. 954-588-7957 or FloridaTurkishFestival.org. Free.
WOODSTOCK ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
December 7. This annual even celebrates artisan and handcrafted goods. See plan and nursery areas, international foods and a special appearance by Santa. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Welleby Park, 11100 NW 44th St., Sunrise. woodstockartsfest.com. $5 or 6 cans of food per person. Children under 12 receive free admission.
ART 4 THE ANIMALS PET RESCUE
December 8. This special event benefits the Florida Humane Society and other no-kill animal rescue groups. Activities include live music from DJ Jimmy, a pet fashion show, a pet agility demonstration, a K-9 unit demonstration, pet photography and a classic car show. Animals will also be on site for adoption. Featured artwork on sale will include sculptures, paintings, drawings, stained glass, photography and jewelry. Noon-5 p.m. Located on the northwest corner of Royal Palm Blvd and University Drive, Coral Springs. Call Adriana Mattei at 754-368-1476 or Barbara Cooper at 954-575-1231.
GET FIT FEST
December 8. The entire community is invited for a morning of fitness and health. Vendors will line the streets offering information and services. There will also be new products, games, food, wellness checks and fun. Don’t forget to check out the entertainment and children’s play area. 9 a.m.-noon. Weston Town Center, 1675 Market St. 954-349-5900 or westonfl.org. Free.
SEMINOLE HARD ROCK WINTERFEST BOAT PARADE
December 14. Come out to watch festively decorated boats of all sizes travel along the 12-mile route along the Intracoastal Waterway. Each boat will feature lots of lots and music to celebrate the winter season. This year’s theme is “Passport to Paradise.” Evening. 512 NE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. 954-767-0686 or WinterfestParade.com. Free.
JAZZ & ARTS FEST
December 15. Bring the family for an afternoon of live jazz music at this arts and crafts festival. Noon-4 p.m. Pompano Beach Community Park, South Pavilion, 820 NE 18th Ave. 954-786-4111 or pompanobeachfl.gov. Free.
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