7 Best Activities For Kids During The Holidays

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Are looking for fun activities to do with the kids this weekend and while their off from school? Don’t panic we’ve got you covered. Here are our top 7 suggestions for a fun-filled holidays with the kids.

7. Pier 60 sunset and movie
On Friday and Saturday night after the Clearwater Beach sunset celebration there will be a free holiday movies. Bring a blanket or low sitting chair and watch the movie on the jumbo screen. Popcorn and soft drinks will be available.  All movies start around sunset (5:30).

6. Victorian Christmas Stroll
Stroll through the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa for the 30th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll. Listen to carolers sing Christmas songs by the 15 foot tree in the Grand Hallway. Sip complimentary spiced cider while taking a walk through decorations inspired by a 19th century Christmas. There will be 14 exhibit rooms; each dazzling with trimmed trees uniquely designed in 19th century themes and antique holiday accessories. Price: Admission is $13 for adults, $11 seniors and $7 youths (4-18 years). Dec. 1-31, 2011- Open daily 10am-8pm

5. Nights of Shimmering Lights
No more driving through neighborhoods searching for holiday lights. The best holiday light show in Tampa Bay is in Dover. This incredible holiday light show can be seen from the comfort of you own car as you drive

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People look a Christmas lights on a street. (Photo credit: RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

though 500,000 lights twinkling and shimmering to the beat of holiday music you listen to on your own car stereo. Open Thursday – Sunday starting at sunset. The cost is $20 a car load.

4. Lowry Park’s Wild Wonderland
Wild Wonderland is jam-packed with a million sparkling holiday lights, live reindeer, penguins and you can even visit with Santa.  Admission: $13 adults, $11 children. 6:30 – 10 p.m.

3. DIY (Do It Yourself) Christmas Ornaments
With the holidays quickly approaching, and the kids under foot here is a fun cheap way to keep them occupied for hours – maybe even days. Making home made Christmas and Holiday ornaments.  It’s a fun activity for all ages and they’re

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easy to make.
Supplies-
Flour
Salt
Water
Cookie cutouts
Rolling pin
Paint- (green, red, yellow, blue, etc..)
Paint brushes
Straw
Toothpicks
Clear Spray Paint
Ribbon (any color)
Dough Recipe-
Mix 4 cups Flour, 1 cup salt and 1.5 cups water. Combine together in bowl until dough-like texture is achieved. Flour a large surface, pour dough and then knead for 6-8 minutes. When ready, roll out dough about 1/2  inch thick and cut your shapes. Put on a baking sheet, cut out holes for hanging and bake for 30 min at 350. Allow to cool and let your creative painting begin. When completely finished, apply a few coats of clear spray paint to seal them.

2. Family Ice Skating In Tampa or St. Pete
If you are looking for a family friendly and inexpensive activity this holiday season head to Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park for outdoor ice skating. The rink in downtown Tampa opens up at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. Skating at Curtis Hixon park runs through January 1, 3012.

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Children figure skate on an outdoor ice-skating rink at a shopping mall in Beijing.(Photo credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

A 90-minute session including skate rental is $10 per person.Downtown Tampa on Ice at Curtis Hixon Park – 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa FL 33602 Phone: (813) 274-8615

If you live on the Pinellas side of the bay and wish to do something similar N. Straub Park in St. Petersburg is the park to go. The Park will be a-glow in fun Holiday activities including, family Glice skating.  No, I didn’t spell that wrong. Glice is a concrete pad with a plastic cover that’s coated in silicone. It skates like the real deal but it isn’t as hard…or cold. Family Glice skating is from 6-9 nightly. Glice skating costs $5 per person for 30 minutes, and includes your skates. Don’t forget to bring socks to use with the skates. is open only from  Dec. 15-23 at North Straub Park – 350 5th Avenue NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701

1. Indoor Rock Climbing

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A child makes his way up a climbing wall (Photo credit: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Instead of having them climb the walls at home during the long holiday break how about having them learn rock climbing in a safe and fun environment? Rock climbing is for all ages of pre-teens and teens. It’s affordable too! At Vertical Ventures  in Tampa the prices are – $14 for ages 9 and up, $7 for kids 8 and under. These prices include all equipment. A class on rock climbing (Belay) can be brought for $35 which includes all the equipment and a return visit.

For indoor rock climbing in Pinellas go to the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg on 1st Avenue South. Rock climbing is free to members and $5 for 5 years and older.

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