Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 12.06-12.08

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms and Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities and weekend family fun in South Florida for December 6th-December 8th, 2019!

Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, December 6th:

Zoo Lights at the Palm Beach Zoo

DATE/TIME: November 29th-December 29th; 6:00-10:00 p.m.

  • Zoo Lights is sure to become a Florida holiday tradition for families and friends. The Zoo will be illuminated for the holidays with over one million eco-friendly lights. Thursday – Sunday from 6 – 10 PM the Zoo will be aglow with festive holiday fun featuring photos with Santa, special animal encounters and Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen cookie decorating sponsored by Florida Crystals.
  • The east side of Palm Beach Zoo will be uniquely themed and decked in holiday spirit. From the entry through the Fountain Plaza, guests will experience North Pole Circle in red and white lighted splendor. The Florida Wetlands includes playful displays with white and pink flamingo lights, green lights for Mardi, our leucistic American alligator and multicolor lights throughout the Bear Den. The Mayan Plaza’s giant banyan tree at the center will feature hundreds of icicle lights and a must-see special holiday 3-D display.
  • More Information Here!

Boca Jolly Days: Make and Take Winter Art

DATE/TIME: December 6th; 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Downtown Library and Spanish River Library
Join Boca Jolly Days fun at our Family Make and Take Winter Art Program for ages 3-12! No enrollment required. Children 8 & younger must be accompanied by an adult.

400 NW 2nd Avenue

1501 NW Spanish River Blvd

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, One of Florida’s Oldest Homes, Celebrates its 100th Anniversary with Holiday Magic

December 6th- Through 13th

Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland Kickoff

 Date: November 16th-December 30th

Winter Wonderland Admission is FREE & Highlights include:

  • Hoffman’s Chocolates 29th Annual Winter Wonderland Presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will have more than 125,000 LED lights, captivating holiday light displays and archways, a 12-foot LaCroix Sparkling Christmas tree, a Nativity scene, life-sized Nutcrackers, food trucks and so much more.
  • The gourmet chocolatier is also excited to introduce its updated festive Hanukkah display presented by Florida Blue which will include a 9-foot Dreidel and other holiday décor.
  • Winter Wonderland will be free and open to the public nightly, November 16 through December 30, 2019, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.*
  • Santa’s Village presented by KeyStaff will allow families to meet and have their photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there various nights until December 23rd (check Hoffmans.com for the full schedule)
  • Florida Panthers Hockey Holidays Ice Rink will be located in the front of Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory.  It is a 2,400-square foot outdoor real ice-skating rink where children and adults of all ages can experience winter joy in sunny South Florida (additional fee for skate session and rentals). Please check hoffmans.com for the daily schedule.
  • Patrons can also register ahead of time to participate in a Hoffman’s Chocolates Holiday Factory Tour and Chocolate Class presented by Greenspoon Marder which will include a special behind-the-scenes interactive tour through Hoffman’s Chocolate Factory, a special chocolate craft and a scoop of Hoffman’s Chocolates ice cream. Space is limited and the cost is $24.95 per person.

5190 Lake Worth Road 


Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center

DATE: Friday, December 6th

COST/TIME: 3:15 p.m. FREE

Learn about one of Daggerwing’s resident animals and watch while it’s fed. Wednesday-Saturday at 3:15 pm is feeding time! Families/ All Ages, FREE (reservations NOT required).

  • Wednesday – Alligator
  • Thursday – Snake
  • Friday – Owl
  • Saturday – Alligator

11435 Park Access Road

Boca Raton

Saturday, December 7th:

Jingle Jam at Mizner Park Amphitheater

December 7th; 5:00-11:00 p.m.

  • Jingle Jam, presented by Vinsane at the Mizner Park Amphitheater is a special holiday event for adults only (18+) and will feature hundreds of attendees dressed in their favorite holiday attire (Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Hanukkah Harry, and more!). There will be live entertainment, DJs, food trucks and beverage concessions.
  • Tickets are $15 to $50

More Information Here!

Holiday Season at Palm Beach Outlets

DATE: November 23rd-December 24th

  • Palm Beach Outlets will continue to offer a present of its own this holiday season, giving each family two free professional Santa photos along with a digital download of a single image. (One giveaway per family, per Christmas season. Some restrictions may apply.) Additional photos and Christmas merchandise will be available for purchase.
  • Palm Beach Outlets will officially kick off its holiday shopping season at 9:00 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 23rd with a host of kids’ activities and the arrival of Santa. At 9:30 a.m., Santa will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage amidst a host of snow flurries! He will be joined by the Ralph Lauren Bear and other characters that include a stilt walker, balloon artist, snowman and Rudolph, strolling photo booths and the sounds of continuous holiday music.

1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd

West Palm Beach

Meet The Orchestra Kids Event

DATE/TIME: December 7th; 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Kids attend a live dress rehearsal then get to meet the musicians and participate in an “instrument petting zoo” where they learn about and try out instruments.

Tickets are free for children and $5 for adults. Reservations are required. For tickets, visit http://www.thesymphonia.org/meet-the-orchestra.html or call 866-687-4201.

4900 Jog Road

Boca Raton

Rosemary Square Nightly Snowfall On The Square

DATE/TIME: November 30th-December 31st

  • Experience the newly reimagined public spaces of Rosemary Square for the first time while kicking off the holidays with the first snowfall of the season, live music, and The Wishing Tree’s spectacular light show.
  • More Information Here!

North Pole Pajama Party at MODS Ft.Lauderdale

DATE/TIME: November 30th-December 22nd

  • Start a new family tradition – Join MODS for the North Pole Pajama Party. Come in your pajamas or elf costume for this festive event! Enjoy a holiday science show, sip hot chocolate, concoct elf slime and decorate holiday crafts.  Your Pajama Party ticket also includes all Museum exhibits and an invitation to take a journey to the North Pole for a classic holiday film in the AutoNation® IMAX® 3D Theater.
  • PRICES: Museum members: $20 each Adult/Child Non-members: $30 each Adult/Child (includes Museum admission)
  • More Information Here!

Disney Junior Play Date at Town Center Boca!

Date/Time: Saturday, December 7th 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Town Center at Boca Raton invites the community to a holiday-themed Disney Junior Play Date. Aimed at entertaining and delighting children of all ages, the event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.  and will feature activities inspired by some of Disney Junior’s most popular television series including Fancy Nancy, Muppet Babies, Puppy Dog Pals, T.O.T.S. and Vampirina.

Attendees will enjoy live DJ entertainment and an interactive building station courtesy of The LEGO Store. During the event, families will be able to participate in a variety of activities including a craft project to create their own Disney Junior holiday mobile and a holiday themed photo booth. The fun starts at 4 p.m. in Nordstrom Court, near the Play Area. This event does not include live character appearances.

6000 Glades Road

Boca Raton

Brews At The Beach Beer Festival!

Date/Time: Saturday, December 7th 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

On the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach at Sunrise Blvd and A1A. Whether you’re a novice or connoisseur, this Beer Festival will have something for everyone. Brews at the Beach is happening in unity with the craft beer revolution that is currently sweeping the South Florida region!

To purchase tickets, please visit www.BrewFestivals.com                General Admission ticket price: $30 – Save 40% off the event day ticket price of $50

General Admission tickets include:

    • Unlimited beer samples
    • Commemorative tasting glass
    • Live entertainment
    • Unlimited water
    • General Admission Entry begins at 1:00 p.m.

      A German Christmas Tradition!

5111 Lantana Road

Lake Worth

All Aboard The Polar Express Trains at Select Brightline Locations Ft.Lauderdale/Miami

DATE: November 16th-December 29th

  • Arrive one hour prior to departure for a pre-show experience with the Museum of Discovery and Science elves. The magical story comes to life when The Polar Express™ train departs from Brightline’s Fort Lauderdale and Miami stations for an hour round-trip journey led by a cast of professional actors.
  • Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on The Polar Express for a magical trip to meet Santa. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale Brightline Stations

NightGarden at Miami’s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

DATE: November 23rd-January 6th

  • The NightGarden is returning this holiday season to transform Miami’s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden into an illuminated wonderland at night. Locals, visitors and guests of all ages can journey through spectacular lighting displays, awe-inspiring special effects, motion-sensing technology, illuminated mazes, state-of-the-art outdoor holograms, sculptures and more unbelievable surprises around every corner.
  • The NightGarden is an immersive night attraction that blends entertainment, unique photo-worthy moments, a variety of local food options and fun for all through a stunning experience created by leading artists, sculptors and designers. Visit www.TheNightGarden.com for more information!

2000 Convention Center Drive

Miami Beach

Take a Class at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre & Open House!


503 SE Mizner Blvd.- Royal Palm Place

Boca Raton

West Palm Beach GreenMarket!

DATE: Through April 18th

COST/TIME: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. FREE

One of the largest markets in the region, the GreenMarket features a variety of products, including fresh produce, exotic plants and flowers, herbs and spices, baked goods, gourmet and specialty foods, coffee and teas, and much more.

The GreenMarket also features live music, unlimited mimosas for $10, free activities for kids, plus plentiful green space and seating for a morning of fun and relaxation. This Saturday morning ritual in downtown West Palm Beach is the place to see and be seen! The GreenMarket is dog-friendly and always FREE.

100 Clematis Street

West Palm Beach

Family Fun: Japanese Holiday Keychain at the Morikami Museum!

DATE: Saturday December 7th

COST/TIME: 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. FREE for members or with paid museum admission.

No Reservation Required. Have some holiday fun learning about how Japan celebrates the winter holidays. Make a keychain to take

4000 Morikami Park Road

Delray Beach

Photo Op With Coral Springs Police & Paw Patrol!

DATE: Saturday, December 7th 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

From now until December 16, Toy Express is participating in a toy drive in conjunction with the Coral Springs Police Department. The collection box is now in the store for customers to make donations. The toys are being collected as part of the Angel Tree Program and will go to children in the Coral Springs area. A uniformed Coral Springs Police Department officer will be at Toy Express on Sat., Dec. 7 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. to take photos with children, hand out stickers, and give kids a tour of a patrol car. Additionally, Chase and Marshall from “Paw Patrol” will be at the store to greet customers and take photos.

6325 W Sample Road

Coral Springs

Sunday, December 8th:
Levis JCC Winter Family Festival

FREE | December 8th; 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

  • Family friendly, fun-filled activities for children preschool through 5th grade! Tour our Zale Early Childhood Learning Center, and explore our Camp at the J programs!
  • Chanukah Crafts • Inflatables • Rock Climbing Wall • Petting Zoo • Live Entertainment & Shows • Frozen Princess Performance • Menorah Making • PJ Our Way™ • Overnight Camp Representatives • FREE Refreshments and Snacks Gifts and Food Available for Purchase. Family Community Service Project • Menorah Lighting • Camp Reunion • Exclusive Camp & Membership Specials
  • More Information Here! 9801 Donna Klein Blvd

Sunday Jazz Brunch at Mizner Park


December 8th; 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

  • Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Mizner Park Amphitheater is a free event to feature live music by Dr. Ed Calle, a variety of food trucks and pop-up vendors for holiday shopping. The event is free and open to the public.
  • More Information Here!

Tuba Christmas 


Sunday, December 8th; Doors: 4:00 p.m., Music: 5:00 p.m.

  • Following the Jazz Brunch, stay for FAU’s Tuba Christmas! Tuba Christmas concerts will be presented in 250 cities throughout the world, including Boca Raton. Enjoy the tradition of holiday music performed by tubas and euphoniums started by Indiana University Professor Harvey G. Phillips. FAU’s Sean Murray brings this tradition to the Boca Raton community for its sixth annual presentation. We love it!
  • More Information Here!

Boca Raton Toy Drive 

Sunday, December 8th; 10:00- 4:00 p.m.

  • We are glad to announce that our annual Toy Drive event will take place on 12/8/19. As in previous years, we count on the help of the South Florida residents community to help us collecting toys that will be donated to children in need.
  • We are looking for business owners that will offer a space to receive unwrapped and new toy donations at their stores or offices and to assist with the reception during the event on December 8th at Sugar Sand Park at 10:00 a.m.

17th Annual Lynn University’s Gingerbread Holiday Concert

December 8th; 3:00-5:00 p.m.

  • Parents, grandparents and kids of all ages sing along to the season’s classics performed by the Lynn Philharmonia. This annual event raises scholarship funds for the conservatory’s deserving and talented student-musicians who hail from all over the world. $35 general admission. More Information Here!

    Movie Night” Showing “Elf” At Manatee Lagoon, FPL Eco-Discovery Center

FREE | December 8th; 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

  • Manatee Lagoon invites you to join us for an outdoor movie night under the stars on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. featuring the movie “Elf”.
  • Food and beverages will be for sale for the duration of the event. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and arrive early for the best seats. The movie will begin at sunset. Please note, this event will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Parking: Parking is free and available on a first come, first served basis.  Restrictions: Restrictions include pets, smoking and the use of personal coolers.  RSVP: Please note, we are asking for RSVPs for planning purposes only. You do not need to present a ticket to enter the event.
  • More Information Here!

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding at Gumbo Limbo

weekend family fun in South Florida

DATE: Sunday, December 8th

COST/TIME: FREE 12:30 p.m.

What is the connection between mangrove and coral reef communities? How do fish use these habitats? Learn about the fascinating behaviors of native fish, stingrays, and other marine life during these free daily presentations. Meet at the outdoor marine aquariums.

1801 N. Ocean Blvd

Boca Raton

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