Kid Events For December
The holidays are here!!!! So much fun this month!! Parties, Santa festivities, boat parades and more! For all events https://www.leefamilynews.net/about/calendar/
<Christmas Festival with Fireworks
Sherman Soccer Complex, Gateway – Fort Myers
Friday, Dec. 6 • 6 – 9 p.m.
Local performances, bounce house, photo booth with Santa, face painting, music, free refreshments and snacks; as well as food available for purchase from food trucks. Santa arrives and fireworks at 8:50 p.m. Gateway Services ask you to bring a toy or Walmart gift card as a donation for DONATE4KIDZ, a local non-profit organization for foster children. For more information contact Gateway Services at 239-561-1313
Storytime and Activities Featuring The Polar Express
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace, 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
Friday, Dec. 6 • 7 p.m
All aboard! Come in your PJs and join us for a magical evening as we host our annual Storytime of the beloved holiday favorite, The Polar Express. Hot chocolate and cookies to follow. 239-437-0654 (correction from printed version)
Wa-Ke Hatchee Park,
16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers
December 7 • 3 p.m.
Join us for an exciting evening filled with holiday cheer. Enjoy games, bounce houses, food trucks, photos with Santa, face painting and a movie in the park; the movie is 2018’s “The Grinch”. Admission is free. Toy donations for Golisano Children’s Hospital are welcome. 239-432-2154
Golden Gate Community Center
4701 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples
Saturday, December 7 • 3 – 9 p.m.
Snow mountains, double snow slide, snow wall, snow igloo, polar plunge, Santa South Pole selfies, Dasher’s video game truck, Rudolph’s laser, nerf battle & dodge ball arena, elve’s inflatable obstacle course, carnival rides & games, Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen, live entertainment featuring Ben Allen Band. The cost is only $2 / 3 and under Free (Credit Cards Welcomed). Carnival Rides & Games, 3 – 9 p.m. Ben Allen Band will perform from 5 – 8 p.m. www.colliercountyparks.com 239-252-4180
31st Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade!
Bay at Fort Myers Beach
Saturday, December 7 • 6 p.m.
Enjoy a night on the water full of Christmas spirit and spectacular up-close views of the dazzling brightly lighted, and decorated watercrafts. It’s a fun and festive time along the waterway, where you may even see a few of Santa’s elves dancing aboard to some festive music. www.fortmyersbeach.org
The Nightmare Before Christmas Outdoor Movie Night
Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
Friday, December 13 • 5:30 p.m.
This year, Christmas will be ours! We’re celebrating December’s Friday the 13th with The Nightmare Before Christmas Outdoor Movie Night! Relive the wonder of Tim Burton’s classic dual-holiday animated dark fantasy with your friends or bring the kids along for a long overdue introduction to Sally and Jack Skellington. Join the spellebration under the stars on our festival grounds and bring your blankets or lawn chairs for first come, first serve seating. Come by early and meet Sally and Jack in person, play lawn games or have your face painted by Krafty Kate’s Face Painting Kreations! Costumes encouraged! Food and adult beverages will be available for purchase. Limited presale tickets are available for $10 per person or $30 for a Jack Pack, which includes a total of 4 tickets. Kids 5 and under get in free. On the night of the event, tickets are $15 per person. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Arrive early to get a good spot! 239-939-2787
Breakfast with the Kringles
Veterans Park, 55 Homestead Road S., Lehigh Acres
Saturday, December 14 • 10 a.m.
Join in a continental-style breakfast with holiday crafts and a special visit with Mr. and Mrs. Kringle. Children will receive a present with their visit. Be sure to bring a camera for your child’s holiday photo shot. $5 per child and $3 for any adults eating breakfast. For information, contact the Veterans Park Recreation Center at 239-369-1521
Cookies and Cocoa with Mr. & Mrs. Claus
Wm. Austen Youth Center, 315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral
Saturday, December 14 • 1 – 3 p.m.
Children ages 3-8 yrs will have the chance to create a holiday craft, decorate cookies, enjoy hot cocoa, and hear a story read from Mrs. Clause! One of Santa’s special elves will be leaving a surprise for participants. The cost of the event is $10/child and parents are not required to stay. 239-242-3965
Dave & Buster’s Breakfast with Santa Bell Tower Shops – Center Court
13499 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
December 21 • 10 a.m.
Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Roasted Potatoes, Bagels with Cream Cheese, Waffles, Orange Juice, Soda, Coffee and Tea.239-489-1221 (Time change from the printed version of the magazine)
Freedoms Park, Cape Coral
Saturday, December 21 • 4 – 10 p.m
This night features a Holiday Boat-A-Long followed by a free movie in the park. Food, Christmas music, and a visit from Santa Claus along with the parade. You can also watch as the boats line up for the parade which first passes by the park’s beach before heading down various canals. Movie starts at dusk. 239-573-3123
South Cape New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
Cape Coral’s Entertainment District
December 31 • 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
This free-to-attend event features live music on the big city stage, kids area, vendor village, food trucks, drink tents and a massive beach ball drop at midnight! All ages welcome. 239-900-4028