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Fun and Engaging Activities for Families During the Holidays

Dec 20, 2023

The holiday season in Florida offers a special blend of festive cheer without the snowy backdrop typical of colder climates. For parents looking for engaging and fun activities to keep their children busy during the holiday break, Florida's unique environment provides a variety of opportunities. From indoor crafts to exploring local attractions, this guide is packed with ideas to make the most of the holiday season in the Sunshine State.

  1. Creative Indoor Fun:
  • DIY Holiday Crafts: Get creative with holiday crafts like making greeting cards, holiday-themed bookmarks, or custom gift wrap.
  • Themed Story Nights: Organize themed storytelling nights, where family members can share stories or read aloud from holiday books.
  1. Culinary Adventures:
  • Festive Baking Sessions: Bake and decorate holiday cookies and cakes, experimenting with both traditional and Florida-inspired recipes.
  • Family Cooking Projects: Involve kids in preparing special holiday meals, focusing on incorporating fresh Florida ingredients like citrus and seafood.
  1. Explore the Great Indoors:
  • Museum and Gallery Visits: Many local museums and galleries have special holiday exhibits that are both educational and fun for kids.
  • Indoor Play Centers: Visit indoor play areas or trampoline parks, which can be a great way for kids to expend energy.
  1. Outdoor Explorations:
  • Nature Trails and Parks: Explore Florida's nature trails and state parks, which are beautiful and less crowded during the cooler months.
  • Garden Lights: Visit botanical gardens that host holiday light displays, offering a magical experience for the whole family.
  1. Home Entertainment:
  • Holiday Movie Marathons: Create a lineup of holiday films and host a family movie night complete with homemade popcorn and snacks.
  • Puzzle and Board Game Evenings: Organize family evenings dedicated to puzzles or board games, fostering teamwork and family bonding.
  1. Community Involvement:
  • Local Holiday Events: Attend community holiday events, which might include parades, tree-lighting ceremonies, or craft fairs.
  • Giving Back: Encourage children to participate in community service or charity work, teaching them the importance of giving back during the holiday season.
  1. Educational and Fun Activities:
  • Science Experiments: Conduct holiday-themed science experiments at home, like creating a baking soda and vinegar 'volcano' or growing salt crystals.
  • Library Programs: Utilize your local library's holiday programs, which often include craft sessions, reading clubs, and educational workshops.
  1. Arts and Culture:
  • Theater and Concerts: Check out local theaters and concert halls for holiday plays and musical performances.
  • Art Workshops: Many art studios offer holiday-themed workshops where children can learn new skills like painting or pottery.

The holiday season in Florida, with its cooler weather and unique charm, offers countless opportunities for family fun and child engagement. From indoor crafting and baking to outdoor explorations and community events, there's something for every family to enjoy. Embrace this special time of year with these diverse and enjoyable activities, creating lasting memories with your loved ones.

As we wrap up this guide to holiday activities in Florida, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the parents who have journeyed with us throughout the year. Your dedication, creativity, and resilience in navigating the challenges and joys of parenting have been truly inspiring. It's been a privilege to share in your experiences, offering support and ideas to help make your family life more enjoyable and fulfilling. As the year comes to a close, we wish you and your loved ones a joyful holiday season filled with laughter, love, and cherished moments. Here's to a wonderful end to the year and to the exciting possibilities that await in the new year. Happy Holidays from all of us!


Dr. Monica Oganes and her team of psychologists in Miami and Orlando work with children, adolescents, and adults. Contact us for evaluations, therapy, and services to help your family.