All Broward County regional parks (except Deerfield Island Park
) and nature centers, neighborhood parks, and natural areas will be open
their regular hours on Saturdays, December 24 and 31, and Sunday, January 1 (New Year’s Day). The regular holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect. All parks, nature centers, and natural areas will be closed
on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25.
Gift Idea: Parks Passport
Our parks are home to a wide variety of programs, events, activities, and amenities, and a parks passport would make aninexpensive and useful gift for a loved one or for yourself. The parks passes cover the $1.50-per-person weekend and holiday gate entry fee (children 5 and under free) that’s in effect at most of our parks. These passes are great for anyone who has an interest in the outdoors, nature, health, fitness, or community events.
- Find It All Multipurpose Card (formerly Individual Parks Passport) - $25 plus tax
- Family Parks Passport - $60 plus tax (good for up to six people per vehicle)
The credit card-style passes are good for one year from the date of purchase and are available at park offices and through Reserve Online. It’s the off-season for our water parks, which reopen in mid-March 2017, but Seasonal Aquatics Passes are also available online.
The 29th annual Toys in the Sun Run
is back again this year on Sunday, December 4. Bikers will make their way from the Mardi Gras Casino
to Markham Park as part of this unique fundraising event that benefits Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
and the James Jr. Fund
. Those participating in the motorcycle parade will depart from Mardi Gras at 9:30 a.m. and make their way to Markham Park
. Those not participating in the motorcycle parade can go straight to the park. The festivities at Markham Park begin at 11 a.m. and will include live music, car and bike shows, food, and vendors. It’s recommended that attendees arrive earlier since the bikers’ route will be closed to traffic once the parade begins. The cost of this event is $10 plus an unwrapped toy per person (excluding stuffed animals) or $20 per person without a toy, plus the park’s weekend entry fee of $1.50 per person (free for ages 5 and under) for those not participating in the parade. For more information, visit ToysInTheSunRun.com
. For park information, call Markham at 954-357-8868.
The camp-themed fun continues at two of our parks this December with the Family Bed & Breakfast
camping promotion and the Family Hayride & Campfire Series
The Family Bed & Breakfast
promotion at Quiet Waters Park
will be from Friday, December 9 to Sunday, December 11. This promotion includes a campsite with a tent, a hayride on Friday night, movie on Saturday night, and a continental breakfast and guided nature walk on Sunday morning. Check-in is at 3 p.m. on Friday and checkout is at 1 p.m. on Sunday. This promotion costs $80 for up to four campers, but up to two more campers can be added for $5 each. Preregistration and prepayment are required. Call Quiet Waters at 954-357-5100 to preregister or find out more details. The park is accessible via Broward County Transit
The Family Hayride & Campfire Series
is also back again this month on Friday, December 9 at Quiet Waters Park
from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and on Friday, December 16 at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park
from 6 to 9 p.m. This event includes outdoor activities like gathering around a campfire, making s’mores, and enjoying a hayride. The cost is $3.50 plus tax per person ages 3 and up and includes one hayride and a bag of supplies to make s’mores. Preregistration and prepayment are required for the Quiet Waters event by calling or visiting the park. The event at T.Y. Park doesn’t require preregistration, and it accepts cash only on the night of the event. Call Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100 or T.Y. Park at 954-357-8811 for more information. Quiet Waters is accessible via Broward County Transit
Route #14, and T.Y. via Route #12.
There is a lot of gift giving going on in December, but don’t forget about giving back
The Day of Dignity
is a special event that will take place on Saturday, December 17. This event, at Franklin Park
, will unite community members with other members of the community who need help. Complimentary essential items and free services will be provided to those less-fortunate. Blankets, food, clothing, medical care, and health screenings are some of the things that will be available to the neighbors in need. There will also be entertainment to help celebrate. For more information, visit IRUSA.org/Day-of-Dignity
or call Franklin Park at 954-357-7080. Franklin is accessible via Broward County Transit
Routes #11, #36, #4, and the Sun Trolley (FTL Neighborhood Link).
For more ways to give back, visit the Volunteer
page on our Website to learn about volunteer opportunities
at our parks, or make a donation to the Broward County Parks and Recreation’s non-profit, the Parks Foundation
The Holiday Fantasy of Lights
is an event you won’t want to miss, especially this year. The annual evening drive-through light show, sponsored by Brandano Displays, is back at Tradewinds Park & Stables
with three miles of holiday spirit, illuminated trees, and impressive holiday displays. The fee is $15 per car. Enhance your experience with 3-D glasses available at the entrance at a cost of $3 for three pairs. Enjoy a unique dinner at one of the food trucks on the park’s south side on Friday nights in December. If you attend the Holiday Fantasy of Lights on Friday, December 2, you’ll also get to enjoy more festive features, like a bounce house and holiday characters. You can also see the famous Budweiser Clydesdales that night between 6 and 7 p.m. For more information, visit HolidayLightsDriveThru.com
Are you looking for even more holiday celebrations? Visit Anne Kolb Nature Center
on Sunday, December 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. for the Music Club of Hollywood’s Holiday Jazz Concert
. This concert is free to attend, but donations for the Friends of Anne Kolb Nature Center would be very much appreciated. For more information, contact the nature center at 954-357-5161. Anne Kolb is accessible via Broward County Transit
Routes #4 and #12.
Also, there will be a Kwanzaa Community Celebration
event at Franklin Park
on Monday, December 26 from 6 to 8 p.m., hosted by Friends of Franklin Park Civic Association. For more information, call the park at 954-357-7080. Franklin is accessible via Broward County Transit
Routes #11, #36, #40, and Sun Trolley (FTL Neighborhood Link).
School Break = Camp Days
Give your child or teen something productive, fun, and educational to do this winter break. Sign him or her up for the winter break camps
at Tradewinds Park & Stables
The Winter Break Horse Camp and the Junior Farmers’ Camp will be offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, December 27, 28, 29, and 30, and January 3, 4, 5, and 6. Participants may attend as many of the camps as desired.
At the Winter Break Horse Camp
, children and teens from ages 9 to 16 will receive a comprehensive education in a variety of horse-related activities. Participants will also ride horses daily, weather permitting. This camp is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and costs $75 per day.
At the Junior Farmers’ Camp
, children ages 5 to 8 will have time with the park’s barnyard animals and learn basic farming techniques. This camp is in half-day sessions, from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., and costs $40 per session.
For additional information on both camps, call the park at 954-357-8870. Tradewinds is accessible via Broward County Transit
Route #34, Coconut Creek North, and Coconut Creek South.
Parks Foundation of Broward County
The Parks Foundation
of Broward County is a 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 2014 in support of the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division. The foundation welcomes individual memberships and corporate partnerships at all levels to help promote our parks and programs, preserve our natural areas, and provide more green space for our community.
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