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  1. Animal Connections: Our Journey Together

    Editor's pick

    Lowry Park Zoo

    Seminole Heights : 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

    This hands-on, interactive exhibit from the Smithsonian will end its U.S. tour this weekend, parked by the main entrance to the zoo. It introduces visitors to the special relationship humans share with animals and was designed to inspire the next generation of veterinarians.

    Price: Free.

  2. Ice Palace at International Plaza

    Editor's pick

    International Plaza and Bay Street

    International Plaza District : 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    International Plaza transforms into the Ice Palace, a 30-foot dome with snow, a light show and interactive snow globes depicting scenes from Disney's Frozen. Ice Palace entertainment includes an Icy Hand Print experience, size comparisons with Sven and Olaf and photos with Olaf on an ice throne. …

    Price: Free.

  3. Tampa's Downtown on Ice

    Editor's pick

    Curtis Hixon Park

    Downtown Tampa : 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Even in Florida, you can get in the holiday spirit by skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. The rink is open through Jan. 4.

    Price: $10.

  4. Ice!

    Gaylord Palms Resort

    Kissimmee : 6000 W Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, 34746

    The resort has 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures created by artists brought in from China and 40 tons of snow. It's only 9 degrees inside, but they supply you with heavy parkas. Still, gloves and warm socks are recommended. This year features a Nutcracker theme, ice slides and artis …

    Price: $28.99-$29.99, $26.99-$28.99 seniors, $14.99-$16.99 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. $18 parking fee (validated if dining at resort restaurant).

  5. Live Radio Theatre Project

    Editor's pick


    Downtown St. Petersburg : 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Be part of the live studio audience and watch their actors present The Egg and I, the story that introduces Ma and Pa Kettle and their brood. The Adventures of Noel Berlin Cabaret Detective starts the season with a new episode.

    Price: Pay what you can at the door.

  6. Wonderful Whistles

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Home of Winter the Dolphin

    Clearwater : 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, 33767

    Children in kindergarten through 8th grade can discover their inner dolphin by designing signature whistles to discover how dolphin families communicate. Children also create their own dorsal fin and learn how researchers are able to tell dolphin families apart.

    Price: $90, $75 member.

  7. Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

    Lake Buena Vista : 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

    Cast members take months to get ready for one special guest to throw the giant switch on the seasonal display. Features millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music that decorate the New York street scene of Disney's Hollywood Studios. Included with daily general admissi …

    Price: $94, $88 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free.

  8. SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration


    Orlando : 7007 SeaWorld Drive (Interstate 4, Exit 71), Orlando, 32821

    SeaWorld's celebration welcomes guests with everything from a sparkling Sea of Trees, classic holiday tunes, an ice skating show, Holiday Reflections fountain and fireworks show, a Christmas market, Elmo's Christmas Wish show and a special Shamu's "Christmas - Miracles" show. Remains o …

    Price: $95, $87 ages 3-9.

  9. Tasty Traditions

    Glazer Children's Museum

    Downtown Tampa : 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    Children can explore holiday traditions from around the world through recipes they learn to make at home. Included with museum admission.

  10. Meditate Your Way to Happiness

    Largo Community Center

    Largo : 400 Alt Keene Road, Largo, 33771

    Reduce stress and gain the healthful benefits of meditation. First class Wednesday Nov 5, 2014. 

    Price: $10 suggested donation. First class Free.

  11. Symphony in Lights

    The Shops at Wiregrass

    Wesley Chapel : 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel, 33543

    A holiday light show with more than 250,000 LED lights choreographed to the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Shows at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31.

    Price: Free.

  12. Kid's Book Club

    Inkwood Books

    South Tampa : 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa, 33609

    Kids in grades 4 through 7 can join a discussion on Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein, a mystery that's a cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night at the Museum.

    Price: Book purchase required.

  13. The Scott & Patti Show: Thanks for the Mammaries

    American Stage Theatre Co. at Raymond James Theater

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    In a special Thanksgiving show, Matthew McGee and Scott Daniel bring glitz and glamor with an outrageous "mother and son" act "giving thanks" with glittering costumes, dazzling production numbers and hilarious special guests.

    Price: $18 advance, $20 day of.

  14. Zumba Gold

    Treasure Island Community Center

    South Pinellas beaches : Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue, Treasure Island, 33706

    The class is structured for beginners and seniors with altered dance steps.

    Price: $5.

  15. Hearing Clinic

    CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center

    West Pasco : 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson, 34667

    Includes ear wax checks and removal, hearing screenings and the cleaning and servicing of hearing aids. Participants who wear hearing aids will receive one free package of hearing aid batteries.

    Price: Free.

  16. Gentle Exercise

    CARES Elfers Center

    West Pasco : 4136 Barker Drive, Elfers, 34680

    Price: $3.

  17. Silver Sneakers

    CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center

    West Pasco : 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson, 34667

    Price: $3. May be covered by insurance.

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