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“Each of us is an Innkeeper who decides if there is room.” All are welcome at Naples United Church of Christ
Christmas Eve Services Tuesday, December 24 3 p.m. Christmas Eve Extravaganza
Crafts, Christmas goodies, and “Snow!”
4 p.m. Family Service
Interactive Children’s Service Children & Youth Choirs
Rev. Dr. Dawson B. Taylor, Senior Minister Javier Abreu, tenor Sanctuary Choir Chamber Orchestra
10 p.m. Candlelight Service with Communion
Rev. Dr. Dawson B. Taylor, Senior Minister Javier Abreu, tenor Sanctuary Choir Chamber Orchestra
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Christmas Tree Sales! Collier Fairgrounds, 731 39th Ave. N.E., Naples, under the pavilion
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We have the best quality trees at affordable prices. Trees range from 5-12 feet tall. Come early! We will be selling trees until they are gone. Christmas Card Photo Opportunity The Collier County Agricultural Fair & Exposition, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides support for such community groups as the Collier County Sheriff’s Junior Deputy Program, Catholic Charities, 4-H Association, Open Youth of Collier County, Boy Scouts, Kiwanis Club, Naples Bears, Immokalee High School Band, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Youth Haven, and the Palmetto High School Fishing Club, Marching Band, and Band Boosters. In addition, our Making Life Fair Fund supports local individuals with life-altering illnesses or hardships.
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December 2019 TABLE OF CONTENTS
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
FAMILY MOVIE PREVIEWS
COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS UPDATE
YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH
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16 Give the Gift of Experience. Try one of these gift ideas for your kids. by Janeen Lewis 18 Lighting Up Your Holiday. Find the best local light displays. 20 Free Family Fun. Make some family memories at these 11 local free holiday events. 21 Pictures with Santa. Know where to go for pictures of your kids and pets with the big guy. 22 MOMentum Moms. Meet Yerania Lopez, who returned to Immokalee after nursing school to serve the unique needs of the migrant community in which she grew up. by Stacy Nicolau
Gabriella Margard is 6 years old and in kindergarten at Oasis Elementary in Cape Coral. She is involved in dance and ecology club. Her passions are her cat, boating, swimming, and Disney. Our cover shoot took place at Alyssa’s Animal Sanctuary in Naples. The sanctuary started when abandoned horses found their way to Alyssa Barry’s property after Hurricane Irma. Currently, 53 rescued animals live on the farm. Cover photo by Hana Snajdrova of New Frame Photography 239-200-9099 • newframephotography.com
36 Christmas in Other Cultures. A look at some of the most interesting ways Christmas is celebrated around the world. by Jan Pierce 38 Destination: Ten Thousand Islands. Go fossil hunting and shark fishing this winter break. by Karen T. Bartlett 40 Holiday Gift Guide. We’ve made holiday shopping a little easier this year with a look at the best toys, music, and books for kids, along with great gifts for new parents.
Holiday YOUTH ART PROGRAM
Naples Art Holiday Youth Art Program features accredited art instructors guiding children ages 5 to 12 years-old through fun and engaging educational, art experiences. Class sizes are small in order to provide individual attention. Holiday Youth Art Program students will create artistic projects that they can take pride in.
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12 Days of Holiday Giving Sweepstakes Neapolitan Family presents our 12 Days of Holiday Giving Sweepstakes. Enter to win one of these fantastic prizes every day starting December 5 on neafamily.com!
Two tickets (includes dinner) to The Sound of Music playing at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre June 25-August 8, 2020. Tickets are not valid on Friday or Saturday evenings. Value $125
Family Four Pack: two adult and two children’s tickets. Value $75
One free week of Artscool summer camp (AM or PM session, either June 22-26 or July 27-31), plus 2 Holiday Youth Art classes on December 23.
One Year Play Membership. Allows 2 parents and up to 6 dependent children within the household under the age of 18 to visit the museum for free. Value $135
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Four tickets to The Naples Players production of Bye Bye Birdie, the classic musical comedy beHoliday loved by everyPerformance generation! Friday, March 6, 2020, Of at 8 p.m. (may opt instead for Sensory Performance on March 31, 2020).
Sensory-Friendly One year Family Membership to Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Includes free admission as well as other discounts.
$50 gift certificate for Twinkle Twinkle Little Store. Value $50
$100 gift card good for any service provided by Fetch! Pet Care Collier County (pet sitting, dog walking, home services, special needs animal care). Value $100
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One month of martial arts classes for kids ages 3 and up. This prize is for new students only, and must be redeemed within 6 months of winning. Value $150
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SHOOTOUT Four Brewhouse Tickets at the QBE Shootout at Tiburon. Enjoy the golf tournament with 24 of the world’s best golfers, hosted by Greg Norman, from an elevated hospitality suite featuring complimentary beer, wine, and food. Value $400
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THIS MONTH: The Holidays
It was only last week when I first realized that December closes out another decade. I remember 20 years ago, when we all were frantically preparing for Y2K, and partying like it was 1999. Well, because it was actually 1999. The ball dropped at midnight and miraculously, none of the computers crashed. The planes stayed in the air. Our bank accounts did not disappear. The new decade would bring the birth of my children, 9/11, the iPhone, social media, and Amazon.com. It also brought the inaugural issue of Neapolitan Family in September 2000 by its founder, Andrea Breznay. This December, we have a lot to celebrate before we hit 2020. We are celebrating 20 years of producing an award-winning parenting resource that helps thousands of parents each month find the information they need to pick the best schools, camps, doctors, vacations, parks, and plans for the days that can seem so long. And, in this issue, we are going to help you find the best and most affordable ways to celebrate the season with your friends and family. From the annual National Parent Product Awards we have created a gift guide of our favorite new products that we know you will love. If you are looking to give the gift of experiences, turn to page 16 to find Janeen Lewis’ list of ideas. Looking for Santa? Venture no further than our calendar, where every Santa sighting is marked by a peekaboo Santa icon. Hanukkah festivities feature a menorah by those listings. Our holiday issue also features the best holiday lights locations, free events, spectacular performances, and photos with Santa. Everyone love to win prizes, and we have 12 of them featured in our 12 Days of Holiday Giving Sweepstakes. Find out the details on page 5 and then head to neafamily.com to start entering to win your favorite prizes. Be sure to watch for our January issue, where we are going to give you 20 reasons to love Neapolitan Family in 2020. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Family Movie Previews for December PLAYMOBIL THE MOVIE Not yet rated In theaters 12/6 In this animated action adventure, a top secret organization has caused citizens from different lands to vanish into thin air. To rescue them, the dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe) must partner with smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan) and Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy), a smart, savvy civilian with her own secret agenda. Against unthinkable
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odds, the trio go on a fantastic journey across new worlds as they gather clues for their rescue mission.
Rated PG for action, violence, and rude humor In theaters 12/25
Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave, and debonair. Walter is … not. But when events take an unexpected turn, this unlikely duo are forced to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise – transforming Lance into the brave, fierce, majestic … pigeon.
Rated PG for thematic elements and brief smoking In theaters 12/25 Written for the screen by director Greta Gerwig, the film draws on the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott. The story unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on
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with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March. STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Not yet rated; likely PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence In theaters 12/20 Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron’s journey continues, as the surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga. The movie stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, and Mark Hamill. JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women determined to live life on their own terms – is both timeless and timely. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen,
Rated PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content, and some language In theaters 12/13 The gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The play-
ers will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game. The four stars of the first installment return: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan.
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YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
Middle School Artist, Writer From Estero Publishes First Book
alin Isme, a sixth grader at Three Oaks Middle School in Estero, recently published his first book, which can be found in Lee County libraries and at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Eleven-year-old Nalin is a self-taught artist, and has become known in Estero as “Nalintheartist”. His interest in writing started in kindergarten. Inspired by programs at Pinewoods Elementary such as the yearly author’s parade and brain booster summer packet, Nalin started writing stories. Four of these stories together with four of his paintings (see below) make up Alphatales: Animal Tales Letters A-D. To learn more about Nalin, visit www.nalinisme.com or www.nalintheartist.com.
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Lipman and Charles Rubin, whose fathers are doctors at FCS. “In this office we give treatments and medical care and emotional support to patients and their loved ones who are struggling with a health challenge,” said Dr. Andrew Lipman. “We use our medicines and our touch and our words to help heal. Today, we will explore another avenue to healing.” The students “are led by their teacher Si-Cheng Liu, (who) in between measures and clefs, has made time to teach them about civic responsibility and volunteerism and being kind,” said Lipman. “That’s their only goal today. They are skipping their own studies to come to a medical office that most people don’t want to come to.” The student musicians plan to expand the program to more local organizations. For additional information, visit www. communityschoolnaples.org
CSN Orchestra Brings Healing Music to Cancer Patients
tudents in the Community School of Naples’ (CSN) Upper School Chamber Orchestra have taken to heart recent studies on the role music plays in augmenting mental and physical healing. Twenty musicians and their music teacher recently brought their violins, violas, cellos, and music stands to the downtown Naples offices of Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) to bring restorative music to patients and their families, as well as the staff. This program, launched last year by a CSN student who has since graduated, was revived by two freshmen cellists, Olivia
Neapolitan Family Recognized as Family Friendly Workplace
ollier Child Care Resources recently recognized a number of companies in Southwest Florida, including Neapolitan Family Publishing, for their family friendly business practices. The City of Naples was named Employer of the Year in the large business category (50+ employees), while the nonprofit employer of the year is The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. For more information, visit collierchildcare.org.
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CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT.
By Laura Tichy-Smith
Celebrate December at Naples City Parks There are lots of fun things to see and do in December, courtesy of the City of Naples Community Services Department.
Free Holiday Open House at Naples Preserve and Eco-Center Your family will get into the holiday mood at the annual Preserving the Holiday Spirit open house at Naples Preserve with appearances by special animal guests, live music, seasonal refreshments, and naturally decorated holiday trees. Make a food ornament for the wildlife tree and take a guided twilight tour of the boardwalk. Dec. 13-15 from 4-6:30 p.m. Call 239-261-4290. (The Naples Preserve, 1690 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples.) Christmas Parade Kick off your family’s celebration at this parade where a certain jolly old elf is almost certain to make an appearance. The fun begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10, at the corner of Broad Avenue South
and 3rd Street South, just north of the Naples Pier. The parade route proceeds north to swank 5th Avenue South, then turns south at the corner of 8th Street South to end in front of Cambier Park around 8 p.m. Call 239-213-7120. Free Concerts at the Bandshell Enjoy free concerts in Cambier Park at 2 p.m. on select Sundays in December. Gulfcoast Big Band on Dec. 1; Naples Concert Band on Dec. 8; Naples Dixieland Jazz Band on Dec. 15. Call 239-213-3058. (755 8th Ave. S., Naples) Winter Camps for Children K-12 With an astonishing variety of themes offered in multiple winter break camps, you’re sure to find a one to please every child in your household. While the camps are educational, your kids will be having so much hands-on fun they won’t even realize they are really learning. Camps themes include: fun days, arts & crafts, rock climbing, skateboarding, BMX, and archery. Call 239-213-3020. Holiday Science Spectacular Come to The Holiday Science Spectacular at The Norris Center to explore and engage in some amazing science this holiday season with Mr. Glen the Science Guy. Witness fantastic holiday experiments during this interactive scientific stage show. Be sure to raise your hand and participate; Mr. Glen may ask for your assistance on stage. Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 239-213-3058. (755 8th Ave. S., Naples) Free Outdoor Movie Night
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Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy Elf on a two-story inflatable screen in Cambier Park on Dec. 13 at sunset. Call 239213-3058. (755 8th Ave. S., Naples). Festive Year-End Finale Fireworks
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A fabulous finale for your holiday celebrations, the City of Naples’ breathtaking New Year’s Eve fireworks display rockets over the water from the Naples Pier on Dec. 31 starting at 7 p.m. Park in the early evening at one of the many city beach access points along Gulf Shore Boulevard (free with your beach parking sticker), and enjoy the fiery beauty of nature’s sunset show with your family before the fireworks begin. Call 239-213-7120. NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2019
COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
By Jennifer Kupiec
ZooCon Brings Students Up Close to Animals
ere in Collier County, we are fortunate to have an Arated school district. Several factors go into our success, including working together with outside partners. One such collaboration is our Collier County Public Schools’ (CCPS) ZooCon events in which we partner with the Naples Zoo. What is ZooCon? ZooCon promotes collaboration between students and local and international zoological experts sharing global issues. It’s a fully interactive experience enabling thousands of students to participate by using video conference technology. Take our Black Bear ZooCon, for example. All CCPS firstgrade students participate in this ZooCon. Select classes are given the opportunity to be at the Naples Zoo live and in-person, while all remaining first graders view the event on screens in their schools. During the ZooCon, students observe the black bears and talk with an animal expert. The expert shares information such as how we know the bears on exhibit are adults and how they look and behave differently as cubs. They also discuss some of the challenges faced when sharing our world with bears. Students are able to ask questions of the experts along the way – a highly sought-after role! The information provided to students aligns with the classroom curriculum and is delivered in such a way that makes it memorable to our learners. Following the event, zoo career options are explored – an added benefit that motivates our students to think about their future plans. Other ZooCon topics include alligator (kindergarten), giraffe (second grade), fosa (fourth grade), panther (fifth grade), and python (high school). Third-grade students participate in Classification ZooCon. Zoo experts explain characteristics of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds while showcasing animals for the student audience to meet. Featured animals vary each year and
have included penguins and lions. Always fun is the fourth-grade Fosa ZooCon, which took place this fall. It offers our student learners the chance to meet National Geographic Emerging Explorer Dr. Luke Dollar – a celebrity in the eyes of our students who see him in their science textbooks. According to Veronica Mamone, coordinator of elementary science and environmental studies at CCPS, “ZooCon allows students the opportunity to link their science learning to the real world. It has allowed us an environment to engage students in what we hope will motivate them toward future careers in STEAM as well as better understand their current global responsibility for the environment and animal conservation.” Several ZooCon events are set to take place through April.
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Support the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs! Naples Children’s Business Fair Saturday, Jan. 11 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gulf Coast High School MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL NAPLES CHILDREN’S BUSINESS FAIR! Support our young entrepreneurs at this fun family festival. Enjoy music, grab lunch and shop 100+ businesses selling items such as: • Handmade hair bows • Unique soap • Homemade cookies • Vegan baked goods • Wildlife and nature photography • …and more! The Naples Children’s Business Fair is brought to you by the Leadership Collier Foundation of the Greater Naples Chamber in partnership with Collier County Public Schools. The fair is a cash-only event. A charitable contribution of $5 is suggested for general admission to the event.
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YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH
By Frances Sanchez-Duverge, Psy.D., Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida
5 Tips for Managing Sibling Rivalry
s parents, we believe that the best gift we can give our child is a lifelong friend. We picture them playing together, being silly, and supporting each other through everything from sports to break-ups. Unfortunately, we often are unprepared and floored by the inevitable conflict and jealousy that can arise between siblings. As a child psychologist and mother of two, I’ve developed a set of creative guiding principals from my personal experience and training, and from what the parents I’ve worked with have taught me. Foster interdependence. Help your children learn to intuitively rely on each other for support by giving them tasks that they cannot accomplish alone. Cleverly arranging chores to encourage your kids to work together can have a lasting impact. For example, “you both get to eat ice cream (reward) after dinner as soon as the table has been cleared and the dishes have been washed (chores). Johnny is responsible for the dishes and Janie is responsible for clearing the table.” Neither can acquire the reward without cooperation. While this may spark some momentary conflict, your children soon will develop their own system of support. Duke it out. Speaking of momentary conflict, should we interfere? The short answer is yes, and no. The biggest benefit of having a sibling is the opportunity to test boundaries, practice assertiveness, and learn conflict resolution in a low-stakes situation. As parents, we can support this growth by allowing our children to engage each other and only stepping in if absolutely necessary. This, of course, is a subjective boundary for every family. Generally, physical aggression is considered a red line of intervention, for example. Quality over quantity. How much time siblings should spend together is a common question. Well, too much of anything can be a bad thing. Focus instead on the quality of these interactions, as experiencing moments of both enjoyment and conflict will help maintain balance in your children’s relationships with each other. Similarly, spending one-on-one time with your children helps support their self-worth and reduces the frequency and intensity of jealousy and the all-too-common refrain, “well, you love Janie
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way more than me!” Respect individuality. Shh, don’t tell anyone – maybe it’s not that you love Janie more, but rather that you relate more often to Janie than to Johnny. Kids are very perceptive; they see right through us. You love them both fiercely and equally, but they are so different from one another. Doing our very best to not compare our children can significantly improve our relationship with them and their relationship to each other. When you approach interactions with an openness to the fact that each child has a unique perspective, understanding comes a little easier. Be like Elsa: Let it go! Children learn through observation. Even though they will do their very best to make sure you think that they don’t see or hear you, they are watching your every move. Picking battles can be hard when raising children since everything seems important. However, sometimes the most important skill we can teach our children is how to determine what is worth a confrontation and what is better left alone. A parent once told me, “I ask my 13-year-old all the time ‘do you want to be right or do you want to enjoy your day?’ Because you can’t always have both.” This is a critical life skill with which many adults struggle.
GIFT GIVING By Janeen Lewis really cuts but is safe for kids) Make-your-own-chocolate kit Kid Chef: The Foodie Kids Cookbook by Melina Hammer Crafty and Creative Does your child like to create projects over time? Here are some ideas to get your hobbyist started. Experiences: Knitting or crocheting classes Sewing classes at JoAnn Fabrics Crafts classes at Michael’s Beginning jewelry making classes Lessons in glasswork Bath bomb, soap, or lotion making lessons
Make the Holidays Sparkle With Experience Gifts Parents want their children’s Christmas to be magical. Sometimes this means driving all over town or frantically searching online for trendy toys or gadgets only to find that children grow bored and banish them to the back of the closet or toy box after the holidays. This Christmas, why not give your child the gift of time by picking out an activity you can do together? Try one of these experience gift ideas and pair it with a related fun item to go under the tree. A Heart for the Arts Is your child a budding van Gogh or drama queen? Here are some ideas for visual and performing arts experience gifts.
Makeup kits for actors Tap, jazz, or ballet shoes Leg warmers Microphone
Experiences: Membership or ticket to an art museum A day at a paint-your-own pottery place Acting classes Parent and child painting classes Dance lessons
Future Foodies You could be raising the next Pioneer Woman or Bobby Flay. Support their love of creating dishes with these fun ideas.
Tangible gifts: 13 Artists Children Should Know by Angela Wenzel Ed Emberley’s books on drawing An easel Spirograph Paint pens, gel crayons, or oil pastels 16
Experiences: Cooking lessons Dinner at a fine dining or culturally diverse restaurant to explore different foods Tangible gift: MasterChef Junior Cooking Essentials Set Personalized chef apron, jacket, or hat MindWare Playful Chef Knife Kit (it
Tangible gifts: Knit or crochet kit for kids Woodland Crochet: 12 Precious Projects to Stitch and Snuggle by Kristen Rask Woodworking project kit Beginner sewing machine Calligraphy set Origami or craft paper Beads or jewelry making kit Materials to make bath bombs, bath salts, soaps, or lotions Wild About Books Experiences: Visit a storytelling venue Attend an author visit or book signing of your child’s favorite author Tangible gifts: Book ends Booklight E-reader, like a Kindle or Nook Magnetic clip bookmarks Reading tent Comfy bean bag chair Personalized book stamp Magazine subscription Nature Lovers Get outdoors and enjoy fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing, or more. Experiences: Membership in the Wild Explorers Club Membership at a nature center Whitewater rafting trip Fishing trip Beginner SCUBA diving lessons NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2019
Tangible gift: Fishing rod and gear SCUBA gear Compass Hiking gear Tent Binoculars Canoe or kayak
Sports Fans Sports are not only a fun way for a child to get exercise, but they also provide an opportunity for parents to connect to kids.
A Flair for Design Help your children find their inner interior designer with these gift ideas. Experiences: Consult with a local interior decorator and use your child’s ideas to design a bedroom or playroom makeover. Tangible gifts: Klutz Design Your Dream Room. This portfolio lets your child explore with patterns, color, space, and 300 punch-out pieces to design a room. Paint for a bedroom or playroom picked out by your child Sheets, bedspread, curtains, or designer pillows Lamps, desk set, or wall art
Experiences: Tickets to a professional sporting event Tour a sporting stadium or hall of fame Membership to ice or roller skating rink Lessons with a private coach Batting facility membership Tangible gifts: Sports equipment Professional or college team jersey or hat Ticket stub diary to hold memorable sporting event stubs Fitness tracker watch Gymnastics or yoga mat Over-the-door basketball hoop STEAM On Here are some ideas for the kid who loves science and technology. Experiences: Engineering classes Membership at a nature center Membership to a children’s museum
Computer camp or classes Join a maker space Tangible gifts: Science subscription boxes like Groovy Lab in a Box and Kiwi Crate Microscope Composter Telescope Snap Circuits Lego Master Builders Academy Tea Time Boys and girls both enjoy quiet conversation over a warm cup of tea. Experiences: Book a tea time at a tea room Plant an indoor herb garden from which to make herbal tea (try chamomile, lavender, and peppermint) Tangible gifts: Tea pot and cup Tea cozy Costume necklaces, hats, gloves, and purse to wear to tea time Tea pot necklace Scones and tea biscuits.
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Lighting up Your Holiday
A Round Up of Local Events Where The Lighting Displays are the Star of the Show LIGHTING DISPLAYS Night Lights in the Garden. Dec. 1-23, Dec. 26-30, and Jan. 1-5 from 6-9 p.m. Naples Botanical Garden. A tropical winter wonderland. Your family will enjoy live musical performances, family activities, and festive sweets and treats. Call 239-643-7275 or visit naplesgarden.org. Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Dec. 6, 6-10 p.m., and Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Ring in the holidays with the 46th annual tree lighting, live Nativity scene, an operatic concert, snow, ice skating and skate rentals, a visit from Santa, and a new culinary tradition: on-street long table dining. Call 239-692-8436 or visit fifthavenuesouth.com. Victoria Park. Located in North Naples off Airport Road (about one mile south of Immokalee), Victoria Park has some of the most over-the-top holiday lights displays in town. Many of the streets have matching decorations (arches, trees, candy canes) lighting the way. Victoria Park has a luminaria display on Christmas Eve that attracts thousands. Be prepared for a VERY slow drive and huge crowds. Edison & Ford Winter Estates Holiday Nights. Through Dec. 30, 5:30-9 p.m. Closed Dec. 24-25. The historic buildings and gardens at Edison & Ford Winter Estates are decorated with lights 18
Left: Night Lights in the Garden. Photo courtesy of Naples Botanical Garden. Above: Fifth Avenue’s Annual Christmas Walk. Right: A yacht decorated for the in a boat parade.
and holiday decorations. This year’s event features dozens of new decorations, live music, food and beverages, crafts, tours, and more. Visit edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419. NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2019
Sanibel-Captiva Luminary Holiday Stroll. Dec. 6 (Sanibel) and Dec. 7 (Captiva), 5:30-9 p.m. Beautifully lit paths lead the way to landmarks where festival goers can enjoy assorted activities, snacks, and refreshments. There will be Santa visits, photos with Santa, a live Nativity scene, music, and activities for the entire family. Call 239-472-1080 or visit sanibel-captiva.org.
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Yueltide Gardens Christmas Light Display. Nightly through Jan. 1. Free. Donations are accepted, and benefit local charities. 1009 29th Ave. N., Naples. Call 239-963-7923. Holiday Festival of Lights Cape Coral. Dec. 7, 4-10 p.m. Visit with Santa, slide down Snowcap Square’s very own snow drift, watch the tree lighting, ride the Tiny Tot Train, bounce for hours in the Candy Cane Park, and shop in the Holiday Village. Visit holidayfestivalcc.com or call 239-549-6900. ON THE WATER Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade. Dec. 14, 6:15-8:30 p.m. on Naples Bay. This year’s theme is Great Christmas Movies. The parade may be viewed from Pincher’s Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Naples City Dock, Naples Landing, Kelly’s Fish House, The Boat House Restaurant, and Bayview Park. Call 239-682-0900 or checkmiacc.org for details. Bonita Springs Holiday Boat Parade. Dec. 14, 5:30 p.m. The parade starts at The Bay Water Boat Club on the Imperial River. Call 239-495-0455 or check www.bonitaboatparade.com. Marco Island Christmas Boat Parade. Dec. 21, 6-9 p.m. Celebrate Christmas, island style, as you watch decorated boats sailing up and down the Marco River. Call 239-250-8348 or visit christmasislandstyle.com.
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Free Local Holiday Fun This time of year, it seems like we never stop spending money. To give your wallet a rest, we’ve listed the top free holiday events in Southwest Florida. Also check out our directory of holiday light displays on page 18, as many of those events are free. Take the whole family and make some inexpensive memories. Joyful & Triumphant. Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples. The students of the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University invite you to enjoy selections by classic and modern composers, as well as many traditional holiday favorites. Visit fgcu.edu. Holiday on the Bay. Dec. 7, 14, 21, 24, The Village Shops on Venetian Bay., Naples. Check website for hours. Enjoy a festive snow show and holiday entertainment, including free photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, Dickens-period carolers, dance performances, and more. Visit venetianvillage.com. Naples Christmas Parade. Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m. This year’s theme is “A Naples Vintage Christmas”. The parade starts at the corner of Broad Avenue South and Third Street South, and ends at City Hall. Don’t miss the special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Call 239213-7120 or visit naplesgov.com. Preserving the Holiday Spirit. Dec. 13-15, 4-6:30 p.m., Naples Preserve. Live music, holiday lights and displays, refreshments, special animal guests, boardwalk tours. Make fruit ornaments for our holiday wildlife tree. Call 239-261-4290 or visit naplesgov.com.
Tuba Christmas. Dec. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. A remarkable evening of music in Sugden Plaza, Naples, from more than 70 sousaphone, euphonium, tuba, and baritone players. Call 239-692-8436 or visit fifthavenuesouth.com. Marco Island Christmas Parade. Dec. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The parade runs along San Marco Road, starting at Balfour Drive and ending at Barfield Drive. Visit christmasislandstyle.com. God Rest Ye Merry Concert. Dec. 14 & 15, 4 p.m., Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church, Naples. The church choir sings favorite carols. Reception after each concert. Free. Visit trinitybythecove.com. Chanukah Winter Wonderland. Dec. 22, 4-6 p.m., Cambier Park, Naples. The entire community is invited to enjoy a giant ice menorah, real snow, rides, games, crafts, food, and live performances. Call 239- 272-4474 or visit chabadnaples.com. Community-wide Chanukah Celebration. Dec. 23, 5 p.m., Mercato, Naples. Free admission. Menorah lighting, kids’ crafts, live music, face painting, children’s performances, and more. Visit jewishnaples.org. Santa Wonderland 2019. Through Dec. 24, Bass Pro Shops, Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers. Free 4x6 picture with Santa. Free crafts, gaming area, and more. For hours, call 239-461-7800 or visit basspro.com.
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Photos with Santa Coastland Center Mall. Through Dec. 24. Make an online reservation to see Santa and spend less time in line. Pet photos through Dec. 16 from 5 p.m. to close daily. Dogs and cats only. Call 239-262-2323 or visit coastlandcenter.com. Miromar Outlets. Through Dec. 23. Make an everlasting memory and receive a photo with Santa. Visit miromaroutlets. com or call 239-948-3766. Naples Depot. Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free photos with Santa in the 1947 Budd Tavern train car. Visit colliermuseums.com. Petco. Dec. 7 & 14, 1-4 p.m. Bring your pet for a digital photo with Santa, and help local homeless pets. At both Naples locations. Visit petco.com. Santa’s Wonderland 2019. Through Dec. 24. Bass Pro Shops, Gulf Coast Town Center. Free 4x6 picture with Santa. Free crafts and children’s activities. For hours, call 239-461-7800 or visit basspro.com. Venetian Village. Dec. 12 from 5-8 p.m. Bring your dogs to meet and take holiday photos with Santa. Meet adorable, adoptable pets. Visit venetianvillage.com.
Waterside Shops. Dec. 14-15, 12-4 p.m. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the central courtyard. Feel free to use your personal camera. Visit watersideshops.com.
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By Stacy Nicolau
hen Yerania “Yadi” Lopez was a little girl living in Oaxaca, Mexico, her mother left her with her aunt while she went to the United States to prepare for a better life. Her mother worked every day, in packing houses during the week and picking tomatoes and oranges on the weekends. When her mother had saved enough money, she brought Yadi and her siblings to join her and the man who would become their stepfather in the small, close-knit farming community of Immokalee. As the oldest child, Yadi had the responsibility of caring for her siblings while her parents worked. While they played and watched cartoons, Yadi discovered a love of drawing, and dreamed of a career in animation at Disney one day.
That career path would change as a she took on a part-time job in high school doing office work and patient translating at a Healthcare Network clinic in Immokalee. She realized that the work she was doing was meaningful and it sparked her interest in nursing. She went to Lorenzo Walker Technical College to become a licensed practical nurse and then continued on to Edison State College (now Florida SouthWestern State College) to become a registered nurse. This path led her back Immokalee to serve the community she grew up in as the director of operations at the same Healthcare Network clinic that she worked in before, and was a patient at when she was a child. Yadi never made it to Disney World, but she is happy to be living in Naples and working in the community where she grew up. She lives with her husband Nicolas Hernandez, a project manager for Coast Fire Protection; her daughter Bianca, 12, who attends Corkscrew Middle School; and son Enrique, 9, who attends Corkscrew Elementary School. Yadi’s stepfather died a few years ago and her mother now lives with them. How old were you when you moved to Immokalee, and what was it like? I was 11 years old. When I came to the United States it was very hard for me as it was totally different from my country; customs were different, people spoke a different language. When my mom enrolled me in school, I hated it. I didn’t have any friends as I didn’t know how to communicate and I was super shy. One day I attempted to run away because I didn’t want to be here. I cried every night because I missed my old school and my friends. What surprised you about your new country? What surprised me the most was that the school (Pinecrest Elementary) provided breakfast and lunch; we didn’t have that in my country. My favorite meal at school was a cheeseburger. It was the most delicious meal I ever had. I also loved that we had more than just one television channel. Yadi describes the migrant community as friendly and welcoming but it is also one has an undercurrent of fear. While her clinic does not question the immigration status of their patients, there is a social network that warns the community when immigration officials may be coming. When that happens the Main Street of Immokalee suddenly becomes like a ghost town and the children stay home from school. Regardless of their citizenship status, no one wants to be confronted. What are the challenges caring for the migrant population? The language barrier and [the different] cultures. Many speak Spanish or Creole. The Guatemalan community speaks Spanish with their own dialect, which can be difficult to translate. The language barrier also makes it difficult for the patients to NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2019
navigate the insurance system, so we help them with that. For the migrant population who have chronic conditions, we continue to have the challenge to make sure they continue their care when they travel to others states. Currently, we are experiencing an increase in the elderly migrant population who are now retired and have many healthcare needs. Immokalee doesn’t have assisted living facilities or nursing homes for those retirees who need medical care assistance, especially with managing medication regimens. Some them live by themselves. They don’t have the financial resources to afford a nursing home or assisted living. What do you love about your community and your work? Immokalee is an amazing community. The people are nice and very humble. They appreciate any help they receive. I also love that I am able to relate to them. I understand that child who recently has arrived from another country and I know what fears and challenges are faced during the process of adapting to a new culture. What is a typical day like for you? I make sure my children get ready for school, and that my son makes it safe to school as he takes his bike. I drop my daughter at school. When I get to my job, I do rounds. I answer emails, attend meetings as needed. I monitor and resolve any issues related with personnel, patient care, patient complaints, etc. In the afternoon I call my kids to make sure they have arrived home safely and remind them to do their homework. After work I go to the gym to do Crossfit or Zumba. When I get home I cook for the family and after that if my kids need help with their homework, I assist them.
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Facing page: MOMentum Mom Yerania “Yadi” Lopez. Above, L-R: Yadi, Bianca, Nicolas, and Enrique.
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11:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Sounds of Christmas. A musical revue celebrating the spirit of the season through musical memories. Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-278-4422 or check broadwaypalm.com.
6:30 p.m. Frozen Jr. Presented by KidzAct. Also Dec. 7 at noon and 4 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. $20 for adults, $10 for students. The Naples Players, Sugden Theater, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-263-7990 or check NaplesPlayers.org.
1:00 p.m. The Elves and the Shoemaker. An irresistible musical adaptation of the popular children’s story. $19 includes lunch and show. Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-278-4422 or check broadwaypalm.com.
4:00 p.m. Winter Holiday Craft. Create your own winter holiday snow globe or miniature snow scene. Grades 3-5. Registration required. South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org.
7:30 p.m. She Loves Me Sensory-Friendly Holiday Performance. For kids and adults requiring a less stimulating sensory experience. $20 for adults, $10 for students and educators. The Naples Players, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-263-7990 or check NaplesPlayers.org.
10:30 a.m. Cookies with Santa. Enjoy a Christmas story, eat cookies, take pictures, and make fun crafts. All ages. Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or visit collierlibrary.org.
6:00 p.m. Naples Christmas Parade. The parade starts at the corner of Broad Avenue South and Third Street South, and ends at City Hall. Don’t miss the special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. 5th Avenue South, Naples. Check naplesgov.com.
5:00 p.m. Winterlude: Tree Lighting Ceremony & Festival. Come out for a night of holiday fun including the world’s tallest elf, face painters, music, dance performances, and free hot cocoa and candy canes. Mercato, 9132 Strada Pl., Naples. Call 239-254-1080 or check mercatoshops. com. 4
4:30 p.m. Holiday in the Park. Free admission. Don’t miss the very popular blizzard with a giant snow slide, and snow pile. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by horse and carriage. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-949-6262 or check cityofbonitasprings. org.
10:00 a.m. Rudolph’s Reindeer Games Day. Meet Santa’s real reindeer and join Rudolph for some reindeer games. Face painting, cinnamon slime, crafts, games, and more. Alyssa’s Animal Sanctuary, Six L’s Farm Rd., Naples. Visit alyssasanimalsanctuary. com or call 239-304-6412.
5:30 p.m. Hanukkah Workshop. Listen to stories, create crafts, and enjoy a kosher treat. All ages. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org.
10:00 a.m. My Favorite Things Holiday Tea. Get in the holiday spirit as storytellers tell tales about their favorite things while you enjoy a traditional English tea. Brambles English Tea Room, 340 5th Ave. S., #102, Naples. Call 239-262-7894 or check bramblestearoomnaples. com. 12
6:00 p.m. Night Lights in the Garden. A tropical winter wonderland. Live musical performances, family activities, and festive sweets and treats. Naples Botanical Gardens, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check naplesgarden.org.
4:00 p.m. Candy House Creation. Use an assortment of candy, frosting, and cookies to design your own candy house. Everything included to make a yummy work of art. Ages 4-12. $12. Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Blvd., Naples. Call 239252-4105 or check www. colliercountyfl.gov. 20
6:00 p.m. Deck the Depot. Join us for hot cocoa and the sweet sounds of the Naples Carolers. Story time and a free kid’s craft. Naples Depot Museum, 1051 5th Ave. S., Naples. Check colliermuseums.com.
11:00 a.m. The Polar Express with Hot Cocoa and Cookies. Join us for a family-friendly holiday movie while enjoying hot cocoa and cookies. East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-7755592 or check collierlibrary. org.
7:00 p.m. The Nutcracker. Dancers from the Naples Ballet and professional soloists from around the world bring Tchaikovsky’s timeless tale to life. Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Check artisnaples. org.
3:00 p.m. Snow Fest. No matter what the “real” weather is that day, snow will be in the forecast to celebrate the winter holiday. Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Check snowfestnaples.com. 6:00 p.m. Jingle Bell Bash. An evening of winter fun with special activities, tree lighting ceremony, snacks, appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus all night long, and more holiday surprises. C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check cmon.org.
10:00 a.m. Fabulous Fishes. From a seahorse floating with seagrass to an angelfish hiding near the coral reef, dive in as we count just how many FINtastic fish we can see. Make a fishy craft. Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org.
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7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Fireworks. Find a spot on any of Naples’ beaches for the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks, blasting off from Naples Pier. Naples Pier, 25 12th Ave. S., Naples. Check naplesgov.com.
9:00 a.m. Girls Softball Winter Clinic. Offering specific skill instruction for pitchers and catchers as well as hitting and defense. Cambier Park softball field, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Check ngsll.org.
3:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Services. Celebrations start with crafts, Christmas goodies, and snow. Family service at 4 p.m. Candlelight service at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and candlelight service with communion at 10 p.m. Naples United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Rd., Naples. Call 239-261-5469 or visit naplesucc.org.
5:00 p.m. Community Wide Chanukah Celebration. Free admission. Menorah lighting, kids’ crafts, balloon twisting, face painting, games, and more. Listen to the Naples Klezmer Revival Band. Mercato, Strada Place, Naples. Call 239-263-4205 or check cdn.fedweb.org.
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4:00 p.m. Chanukah Winter Wonderland. The entire community is welcome to this free event. Bring your mittens and come play in real snow. Giant ice menorah, rides, games, and crafts for all ages. Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Check chabadnaples.com.
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YOUR COMMUNITY DECEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS: To submit your event for both our online and print calendars, go to the Calendar at neafamily.com and follow the instructions for inputting event information. The deadline for print calendar events is the 12th of the month preceding publication. You can submit events anytime for the online calendar. Note: Please check dates and times before attending events. As we do not enter all calendar data, we cannot guarantee its accuracy.
1 SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. Alateen Meetings. Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Located at 24 Hour Club, 1509 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-263-5907 or visit naplesAl-Anon.org for other meeting days and locations. 10:00 a.m. Rudolph’s Reindeer Games Day. Meet Santa’s real live reindeer and join Rudolph for some reindeer games. Face painting, cinnamon slime, crafts, games, and more. Located at Alyssa’s Animal Sanctuary, Six L’s Farm Rd., Naples. Call 239-3046412 or check alyssasanimalsanctuary.com. 11:15 a.m. Daily Programs for Kids. Be a Biologist at 11:15 a.m. Scales & Tales at 12:15 p.m. Ocean Discoveries at 1:15 p.m. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-2620304 or check conservancy.org. 12:00 p.m. Sunday Programs. Join us for a day of themed activities. Included with price of admission. Located C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check cmon.org. 1:00 p.m. & 7 p.m. Sounds of Christmas. A joyous musical revue that is centered around a family celebrating the spirit of the season through many musical memories. Located at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-278-4422 or check broadwaypalm.com.
5:30 p.m. Holiday Nights. Decorations, live music, food and beverages, crafts, tours, and more. Located at Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-334-7419 or check edisonfordwinterestates.org. 6:00 p.m. Night Lights in the Garden. A tropical winter wonderland. Live musical performances, family activities, and festive sweets and treats. Located at Naples Botanical Gardens, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check naplesgarden.org.
2 MONDAY 11:00 a.m. Bereaved Moms Grief Support Group. Discover ways to cope with the very difficult loss of your child. Located at Hope Healthcare, 9470 HealthPark Cr., Fort Myers. Call 239-985-7716 or check HopeHCS.org. 2:30 p.m. Merry Movie Month. Elf. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Located at River Park Recreation Center, 301 11th St. N., Naples. Check mealsofhope.org. 4:00 p.m. Winter Holiday Craft. Create your own winter holiday snow globe or miniature snow scene for yourself or to share with others. Grades 3-5. Reg-
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istration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:30 p.m. Golden PAWS Readers. Practice reading aloud to these special dogs. All ages. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Diabetes Prevention Program. A free program designed to help you cut your risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half. Located at Lee Health, 12550 New Brittany Blvd., Suite 100, Fort Myers. Call 239-424-3127 or visit leehealth.org.
3 TUESDAY Library hours. Teen Activity Corner. Relieve some stress by working on a puzzle, reading, or writing in the teen journals. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org. 8:00 a.m. Yoga at the Naples Art Association. $12. Led by Elizabeth CoyleVeren every Tuesday and Thursday. Located at Naples Art Association, 585 Park St., Naples. Check naplesart.org or call 239-262-6517. 9:15 a.m. Circle Time. Sing, read a book, do a craft or activity. Reservations required. Located at InPlay Family Fun, 4035 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples. Call 239-963-9716 or check inplayfamilyfun.com. 10:00 a.m. Adult Crafting Workshop. Create a decorative treat jar. Fill with your candies, cookies, or other small treats for a great gift. Registration is required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Storytime with Miss Mary Ellen. Join us for reading, singing, and coloring. All ages. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-598-5200 or check stores.barnesandnoble.com. 12:00 p.m. Preschool Open Gym. Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Bring your children ages 6 and under. This is not a drop-off open gym. $9. Located at Gymnastic World, 2187 Trade Center Way, Naples. Call 239-592-0608 or check gwnaples.com. 12:30 p.m. The Elves and the Shoemaker. Select dates through Dec. 24. An irresistible musical adaptation of the popular children’s story. $19 includes lunch and show. Located at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-278-4422 or check broadwaypalm.com. 2:00 p.m. Holiday Cupcake Decorating. Create a holiday cupcake. Materials provided. Registration required. Ages 11+. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Dr., Naples. Check mealsofhope.org. 4:30 p.m. Holiday in the Park. Free admission. Don’t miss the very popular blizzard with a giant snow slide, and snow pile. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by horse and carriage. Artist cottages and Historical Society will be open. Located at Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-949-6262 or check cityofbonitasprings.org. 5:00 p.m. Scoopie Kid’s Night. Every Tuesday. Face painting, balloon animals, and crafts. Located at Culver’s of Naples, 5775 Airport Pulling Rd., Naples. Call 239-596-4640 or check culvers.com.
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5:15 p.m. Beading Workshop. Design an original beaded piece of jewelry. Materials provided. Registration required. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 7:00 p.m. Joyful & Triumphant. Selections by classic and modern composers, as well as many traditional holiday favorites. Located at Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr., Naples. Call 239-261-1487 or check fgcu.edu.
SHALOM YELADIM! A free program for parents and children ages 2-4. Through crafts, play, yoga, music and fun, kids will begin to learn about Judaism. Temple Shalom membership is not required. Interfaith families welcome! Sundays - 9:00am - 11:30am 12/8, 1/26, 2/23, 3/22, 4/26 Register at tinyurl.com/shalomyeladim
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10:00 a.m. Free Kids Crafts. Kids from toddlers to 12 enjoy fun activities in WINK Playland. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check miromaroutlets.com. 10:30 a.m. Pee Wee Play Date. Ages 9 months to preK. Have fun with our toys and games and listen to music. It’s a great opportunity to make friends and discover new activities. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Max A. Hasse Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Check mealsofhope.org. 3:30 p.m. Teen Support Group: Coping with Anxiety & Depression. Ages 13-17. For those experiencing anxiety, depression, and/or emotional distress. Located at Sunshine State Counseling Center, 3575 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-7722 or check sscc.center. 4:00 p.m. Game Challenge. Games change every week and can be based on participant request. Card and board games, trivia challenges, and more. Snacks available. Ages 12-18. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-252-7369 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club. An hour of creative and engaging fun. Bricks provided. Ages 8-14. Registration required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Scoopie Night. Every Wednesday. Face painting, balloon animals, and crafts. Located at Culver’s of Naples, 5102 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-7325025 or check culvers.com. 5:00 p.m. Winterlude: Tree Lighting Ceremony & Festival. World’s tallest elf, face painters, music, performances, and free hot cocoa and candy canes. Located at Mercato, 9132 Strada Pl., Naples. Call 239-254-1080 or check mercatoshops. com. 6:00 p.m. Tree Lighting. Join us for our annual tree lighting at Immokalee Zocalo. Take pictures with Santa. All ages. Free. Located at Immokalee South Park, 418 School Dr., Immokalee. Check colliercountyfl.gov.
5 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Jenny Jellyfish. Join us in reading the story of Jenny and Jiggly, two moon jellies, who get in a lot of trouble. We will sing the moon jelly song and make one to take home. Ages 5 and younger. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org. 10:15 a.m. Mini Wonders. Thursdays and Fridays. Toddler fun and activities dedicated to our little learners 5 and under. Every month we explore new books, create art projects, tinker, and much, much more. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 2395140084 or check cmon.org. 2:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Golden Gate Senior Center, 4898 Coronado Pkwy., Naples. Check mealsofhope. org. 3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11. Located at Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239- 394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Dogs’ Night Out. Enjoy activities, vendors, and walks with your pet. Located at Coconut Point Mall, 23106 Fashion Dr., Estero. Call 239-992-9966 or check simon.com/mall/coconut-point. 7:30 p.m. Alateen Meetings. Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Located at Habitat for Humanity Tutor House, 5250 Floridan Ave., Naples. Call 239-263-5907 or check NaplesAl-Anon.org for other meeting days and locations.
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6 FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. Find It Fridays. Kids enjoy a scavenger hunt all day. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or visit evergladeswondergardens.com. 9:30 a.m. Free Autism Screening. A free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to five years. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-343-6838 or check GolisanoChildrensSWFL.org. 10:30 a.m. Mommy & Me Yoga Class. Ages 2-5. A special time with your child. $20 per mommy and child. Includes 30 minutes of free play. Call 239-703-6671 to register. Located at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, 17640 Tamiami Tr. S., Fort Myers. Check werockthespectrumfortmyers.com or call 239-362-3378. 10:30 a.m. W.O.N.D.E.R. in the Garden. Count the rings in a tree cookie, read stories, and plant your very own tree-mendous tree to take home. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Visit naplesgarden.org. 2:00 p.m. Holiday Movie. It’s a Wonderful Life. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Family Night. $7 per child. Located at Whiz Kids, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-263-7017 or check whizkidsnaples.com. 5:00 p.m. Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting Ceremony. Tree lighting, live Nativity scene, music, snow, ice skating and skate rentals, a visit from Santa, and more. Located at Fifth Avenue South, Naples. Call 239-692-8436 or check fifthavenuesouth.com. 5:00 p.m. Santa’s Arts & Crafts Workshop. Get into the holiday spirit while making friends and creating holiday crafts and gifts. Ages 5-12. $55 per person. Located at Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Blvd. W., Naples. Check colliercountyfl.gov. 5:30 p.m. Sanibel-Captiva Luminary Holiday Stroll. Beautifully lit paths will lead the way to landmarks, where festival goers can enjoy assorted activities, snacks, and refreshments. Located at 2427 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Island Call 239-4721080 or check sanibel-island.sanibel-captiva.org. 6:00 p.m. Family Open Gym. Ages 6 and younger. Parents must stay. $9. Located at Gymnastic World, 2187 Trade Center Way, Naples. Check gwnaples.com or call 239-592-0608. 6:00 p.m. Jingle Bell Bash. An evening of winter fun with special activities, tree lighting ceremony, snacks, appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus all night long, and more holiday surprises. Located at C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check cmon.org.
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7 SATURDAY 7:00 a.m. Golf Benefit Tournament for St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School. Proceeds benefit scholarships for families in need. Located at The Club at the Strand, 5840 Strand Blvd., Naples. Visit saintelizabethseton.com or call 239-537-6447. 8:00 a.m. Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar. Vendors, Santa, storytime, games, “snow”, food, and more. Located at Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Check floridastateparks.org. 8:45 a.m. Additional Needs Bounce Session. Music is played at a low volume or not at all. Children are monitored both by parents and Bounce employees. Located at Bounce, 2320 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-302-3848 or visit additionalneeds.info. 9:00 a.m. Breakfast with Santa. Cookie decorating, sweet treats, face painting, and pictures with Santa. $3. Located at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-252-4449 or check colliercountyfl.gov. 9:00 a.m. Free Saturday at Naples Zoo. Collier County residents get in free the first Saturday of every month with proof of residency. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or visit napleszoo.org. 9:00 a.m. Science Saturdays. Free for kids under 5. Unleash your inner scientist or marine biologist with hands-on discovery labs for all ages. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org. 9:00 a.m. Yoga for Kids. Ages 2-5. A special time with your child. $20 per parent and child. Includes 30 minutes of free play. Located at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, 17640 Tamiami Tr. S., Fort Myers. Call 239-703-6671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Check werockthespectrumfortmyers.com. 10:00 a.m. Beginning Crochet. Learn the basics of crochet. Located at Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org.
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9:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa. Bring your camera. All ages. $3. Located at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Check colliercountyfl. gov. 10:00 a.m. Family Activity Days. Create art projects to take home. Located at Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Check artcenterbonita.org. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids’ Fishing. We supply the rods, reels, bait, and knowledge. Located at Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers. Call 239-4617800 or check basspro.com. 10:00 a.m. Holiday Merriment. Hear a favorite holiday story, and make some seasonal crafts. Enjoy hot chocolate while you decorate a festive cookie. Ages 4-11. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Mr. Brambles Christmas Tea. Our storytellers’ favorite children stories will come to life while you enjoy a traditional English tea. Reservation and advanced payment required. Located at Brambles English Tea Room, 340 5th Ave. S., #102, Naples. Call 239-262-7894 or check bramblestearoomnaples.com. 10:00 a.m. Pictures with Santa Cow. Take pictures and do a fun holiday craft. Located at Chick-fil-A Estero, 21900 S. Tamiami Tr., Estero. Check chick-fil-a.com. 10:00 a.m. Santa’s Block Party. Arts & crafts, stage entertainment, cookie decorating, bounce house, and ice skating. Located at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., Fort Myers. Check sbdac.com. 10:30 a.m. Pups ’n’ Books. Practice your reading skills with our furry friends. Dogs are provided by Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs. All ages. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or visit collierlibrary.org. 12:00 p.m. & 4 p.m. Frozen Jr. Presented by KidzAct. Also Dec. 8 & 9 and 6:30 p.m. $20 for adults, $10 for students. Located at The Naples Players Sugden Theater, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-263-7990 or check NaplesPlayers.org. 1:00 p.m. Autism Spectrum Play Group. Children’s play group open to ages 5-16. $10 per child. A safe, structured, and supervised place for your child to interact with others. Located at Christ Community Church, 4050 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Check fi-florida.org. 1:00 p.m. Pet Photos with Santa. Bring your pet for a digital photo with Santa,
and help local homeless pets. Located at Petco, 6424 Naples Blvd., Naples. Call 239-254-0263 or check petco.com. 2:00 p.m. Create a Gingerbread House. Bring your creativity to the table. Supplies provided. All ages. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Game Day. Games will be provided, but feel free to bring in your favorite. Snacks served while supplies last. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Snow Fest. No matter what the real weather is that day, snow will be in the forecast to celebrate the winter holiday. Located at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Visit snowfestnaples.com. 4:00 p.m. Holiday Festival of Lights. Visit with Santa, slide down Snowcap Square’s very own snow drift, watch the tree lighting, ride the Tiny Tot Train, bounce in the Candy Cane Park, and shop in the Holiday Village. Located at Cape Coral Pkwy., Cape Coral. Call 239-549-6900 or check holidayfestivalcc.com. 5:00 p.m. Holiday on the Bay. Enjoy a festive snow show and holiday entertainment, including complimentary photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, and more. Located at Venetian Village, 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Call 239261-6100 or check venetianvillage.com. 6:00 p.m. Tree Lighting Marco Island. Enjoy the Annual Marco Island Christmas Tree Lighting celebration with music, dancing, and fun. Located at Veterans Community Park, 901 Park Ave., Marco Island. Call 239-252-4682 or check christmasislandstyle.com. 8:00 p.m. A Magical Cirque Christmas. A spell-binding and incredible new holiday production. Located at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 8099 College Pkwy., Fort Myers. Check bbmannpah.com.
8 SUNDAY 9:00 a.m. Sensory Sensitive Sundays. Fewer people, dimmed lighting, muted music, limited character appearances, and full menu. Located at Chuck E. Cheese’s, 5020 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers. Call 239-334-0563 or check chuckecheese.com.
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9 MONDAY 2:30 p.m. Merry Movie Month. Scrooged. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:30 p.m. Teen Gingerbread House Workshop. Supplies provided. Ages 13-17. Registration is required. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:30 p.m. Holiday Craft Extravaganza. Make some crafts to share with your family and friends. All ages. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:30 p.m. Santa’s Holiday Project. Santa will be here to hear about your holiday wishes and pose for photos. Decorate a holiday card for a resident of a local senior care facility. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:30 p.m. Winter Holiday Film. The Polar Express. Kick off the holiday season with a cup of hot cocoa and a cookie while you enjoy the movie. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org.
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10 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Manatees and Dolphins. Learn behaviors, anatomy, and fun facts about manatees and dolphins. Located at Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check friendsofkoreshan.org. 10:00 a.m. Safari Squad: 1, 2, 3 Count with Me. Also Dec. 11 & 14. Can you count them? Count them fast! Can you count them from first to last? Who has two legs? Who has four? Count with us and you’ll find more. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org. 3:30 p.m. Ice Cream in A Bag. We will eat what we make and then take home the recipe. Ages 5-11. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Naples Christmas Parade. The parade starts at the corner of Broad Avenue South and Third Street South, and ends at City Hall. Special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Located at 5th Avenue South, Naples. Check naplesgov.com.
11 WEDNESDAY 10:00 a.m. Preschool Program: Deck the Depot. This free program is for children 2-5 years old who have not yet entered kindergarten. Located at Naples Depot Museum, 1051 5th Ave. S., Naples. Check colliermuseums.com. 10:30 a.m. Cookies with Santa. Enjoy a Christmas story, eat cookies, take pictures, and make fun crafts. All ages. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or visit collierlibrary.org. 11:00 a.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, and have fun. Test out your creation on our super-fast test track. Bricks will be provided and your creation will be displayed. Ages 4-11. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org.
12 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Henry the Manatee. Help us discover what a manatee eats and where they live. Fun activity and craft. Ages 5 and younger. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org. 10:00 a.m. My Favorite Things Holiday Tea. Celebrate the holiday season with your family and friends as storytellers tell tales about their favorite things while you enjoy a traditional English tea. Located at Brambles English Tea Room, 340 5th Ave. S., #102, Naples. Call 239-262-7894 or check www. bramblestearoomnaples.com. 2:00 p.m. Crafty Corner: Holiday Shell Craft. Make holiday shell crafts. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Have Yourself A Jazzy Christmas. A program of holiday songs. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Pet Photos with Santa. Bring your dogs to meet and take holiday photos with Santa. Meet adorable, adoptable pets. Located at The Village Shops
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on Venetian Bay, 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Call 239-261-6100 or check venetianvillage.com. 7:00 p.m. Harlem Globetrotters. High-flying dunks, hilarious stunts, a new record-breaking attempt, and unforgettable family moments. Located at Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero. Check harlemglobetrotters.com. 7:00 p.m. YA Book Club. Join us every second Thursday of the month to discuss compelling stories and characters. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-598-5200 or check www.stores.barnesandnoble.com.
13 FRIDAY 10:00 a.m. Le Leche League Monthly Meeting. All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome. Or call one of our leaders for breastfeeding help. Located at Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Visit lllsunshinestate.org. 4:00 p.m. Kitty Pom-poms. Easy-to-make cat toys. Extra toys will be donated to Department of Animal Services. Ages 12-18. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. A Clydesdale Christmas. Take pictures with a beautiful Clydesdale horse and carriage. Snow flurries, a hot cocoa bar, and letters to Santa. Located at Chick-fil-A Estero, 21900 S. Tamiami Tr., Estero. Check chick-fil-a.com. 6:00 p.m. Christmas Event. Crafts, food, music, and pictures with Santa. $5 per family. Located at Max Hasse Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Check collierparks.com. 6:00 p.m. Deck the Depot. Join us for hot cocoa and the sweet sounds of the Naples Carolers. Story time and a free kid’s craft. Located at Naples Depot Museum, 1051 5th Ave. S., Naples. Check colliermuseums.com. 6:00 p.m. Holiday Party Parents Night Out. Each kiddo will paint and decorate their own ornament to take home. Games, crafts, and bounce houses. Located at Whiz Kids, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-263-7017 or check whizkidsnaples.com.
14 SATURDAY 9:00 a.m. Cookies and Milk with Santa. Ages 5-13. Located at Eagle Lakes Community Park, 11565 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-252-3527 or check colliercountyfl.gov. 9:30 a.m. YMCA Basketball & Volleyball Clinics. Skill development and the excitement of participation through a combination of dynamic drills and games. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org. 10:00 a.m. Cornerstone Farm Holiday Open House. Take a hayride, talk with staff, and tour the facility. Located at Cornerstone Farm South, 3375 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-595-7618 or check cornerstonefarmsouth.com. 10:00 a.m. Make Your Own Snowglobe. Supplies provided. Registration required. Ages 5-11. Located at Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 11:00 a.m. Kids Zone. Create a cool holiday t-shirt. Kids also receive an ID badge, lanyard, and collector’s pins. Located at JCPenney at Coastland Center Mall, 2076 9th St. N., Naples. Call 239-261-6010 or check jcpenney.com. 2:00 p.m. Cookies with Santa. Tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Make ornaments. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Holiday Greeting Card Making for Teens and Adults. All ages are welcome to create cards. Materials provided. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Grinchmas 2019: Around the World Gala. Parade, pictures with Santa, snow, bounce houses, games, ice skating rink, music, dancing horse show, and more. Located at Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia St., Immokalee. Call 239-252-8811 or check colliercountyfl.gov. 5:00 p.m. Group for Parents of Children with ASD. A welcoming environment for parents and caregivers to meet, share experiences and ideas, ask questions, and receive support. Located at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, 17640 Tamiami Tr. S., Fort Myers. Call 239-362-3378 or check werockthespectrumfortmyers. com. 5:00 p.m. Holiday Science Spectacular. Mr. Glen combines humor, action, and educational content on stage this holiday season. Appropriate for science-
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interested kids of all ages. $5 per person. Call 239-213-3049 for tickets. Located at The Norris Community Center, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Check naplesgov.com. 5:00 p.m. YMCA Kid’s Night Out. For children ages 6 months to 12 years and per-registration is required. Dinner included. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org. 6:15 p.m. Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade. This year’s theme is Great Christmas Movies. Located at Naples Bay, Naples. Call 239-682-0900 or check miacc. org. 6:30 p.m. Marco Island Christmas Parade. Looking for some great holiday fun? Come out to the street parade that travels from San Marco Road and Balfour Drive. Located at San Marco Rd., Marco Island. Check www.christmasislandstyle. com. 7:00 p.m. The Nutcracker. Dancers from the Naples Ballet and professional soloists from around the world bring Tchaikovsky’s timeless tale to life with the Naples Philharmonic. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Check artisnaples.org.
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15 SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. Zoo Yoga. Start your day with an animal-themed yoga class for all ages. Breathe, stretch, and relax in nature. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 GoodletteFrank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org. 12:00 p.m. Drum Circle for Families with Special Needs. Come and drum with an accepting and welcoming circle of loving people. Drums are provided. Located at Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Pl., Cape Coral. Call 850-629-9313 or check endlessbrain.org.
16 MONDAY 2:30 p.m. Merry Movie Month. A Christmas Carol. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check www. collierlibrary.org. 4:30 p.m. Evening Movie. Spider-Man: Far From Home. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check www. collierlibrary.org.
17 TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. She Loves Me Sensory-Friendly Holiday Performance. For kids and adults requiring a less stimulating sensory experience. Located at The Naples Players, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-263-7990 or check NaplesPlayers.org. 6:00 p.m. Lego Club. Join us for a short story and building challenges. Bricks provided. For grades K-5. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-4636 or check www.leegov.com/ library.
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18 WEDNESDAY 10:00 a.m. Homeschool Program: Deck the Depot. Holiday-themed crafts and games. Reservation required. Located at Naples Depot Museum, 1051 5th Ave. S., Naples. Check colliermuseums.com. 3:00 p.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, and have fun. Bricks provided. All ages. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-6572882 or check collierlibrary.org.
19 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Mr. Seahorse. Put on your suit of armor, as we learn just how tough seahorses are. Make your own father seahorse to take home. Ages 5 and younger. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org. 3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided and your creation will be put on display. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:30 p.m. Teens: Cookie Decorating. Decorate two cookies while supplies last.
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Grades 6-12. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or visit collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Hanukkah Workshop. Listen to stories, create crafts, and enjoy a kosher treat. All ages. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 7:00 p.m. CFABS Youth Players Presents. Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens Jr. Also Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. An adaptation of book #44 of Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning fantasy adventure books. Located at Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check artcenterbonita.org. 7:00 p.m. PFLAG Support Group Meeting. The Naples chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets on the third Thursday of each month. Visit pflagnaples.org or call 239-963-4670 for location.
20 FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. Celebrate Winter Solstice BOGO. You’ll get more than your money’s worth out of the shortest day of the year with a buy one get one free entrance to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org. 10:00 a.m. Art Smarts. Ages 2-5 years. Join us for a special story time focusing on process art. Dress for mess. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-252-7369 or check www. collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Mommy and Me at the Museum. Learn, explore, and have fun. Located at Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Check colliermuseums.com. 2:00 p.m. Holiday Movie. A Christmas Story. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Teen Holiday Movie. This Christmas. PG-13. Spend your day off from school at the library with a movie and popcorn. Ages 8+. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Candy House Creation. Use an assortment of candy, frosting, and cookies to design your own candy house. Everything included to make a yummy work of art. Ages 4-12. $12. Located at Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Blvd., Naples. Call 239-252-4105 or check colliercountyfl.gov. 6:00 p.m. Parents’ Night Out. $5. Snacks and drinks provided. Ages 5-12. Located at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239252-4449 or check colliercountyfl.gov.
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9:00 a.m. Pancakes & Pajamas. Take pictures with Santa. Crafts, food, and music. $2. Located at Immokalee South Park, 418 School Dr., Immokalee. Call 239657-8575 or check colliercountyfl.gov. 10:00 a.m. All Day Holiday Movies. Spend the day at the library with holiday classics, hot chocolate, and cookies. All ages. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Deck the Depot: Free Photos with Santa. Enjoy the Naples Depot’s festive décor. Located at Naples Depot Museum, 1051 5th Ave. S., Naples. Check colliermuseums.com. 10:00 a.m. Winter Fest. Watch the animals with their presents and see Santa. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org. 11:00 a.m. The Polar Express with Hot Cocoa and Cookies. Join us for a family-friendly holiday movie while enjoying hot cocoa and cookies. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org. 1:30 p.m. Pups ’n’ Books. Stop by to read to a dog or just to pet one. Dogs are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-252-7369 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Here Comes Santa Claus. Don’t forget to bring your camera. All ages. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:30 p.m. Junior Campout at Rookery Bay. Gain outdoor skills and further
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your appreciation for the great outdoors. This is a non-campfire campout. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org. 6:00 p.m. Marco Island Christmas Boat Parade. Watch the boats sail by, decked out with festive holiday lights and decorations. Located at Marco River, Marco Island. Call 239-250-8348 or check christmasislandstyle.com.
22 SUNDAY 4:00 p.m. Chanukah Winter Wonderland. The entire community is welcome to this free event. Kindling of a giant ice Menorah. Bring your mittens and come play in real snow. Rides, games, and crafts for all ages. Located at Cambier Park, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples. Check chabadnaples.com.
23 MONDAY 7:00 a.m. YMCA Winter Break Camp. Kids have the opportunity to try new activities in a fun and supportive environment. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org. 8:00 a.m. Holiday Camp. Ages 4-18. Winter break camps offered in visual arts, performing arts, and cooking. Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check artcenterbonita.org. 9:00 a.m. & 1 p.m. Holiday Youth Art Program. Fun and engaging art programs for ages 5-12. From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Seasonal Mosaics (ages 9-12) and Winter Wonderland (ages 5-8). From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Snow Day a(ages 9-12) and Craftacular Christmas (ages 5-8). Classes are $25 per child, per class. Located at Naples Art Association, 585 Park St., Naples. Check naplesart.org or call 239-262-6517. 5:00 p.m. Community Wide Chanukah Celebration. Free admission. Menorah lighting, kids’ crafts, balloon twisting, face painting, games, and more. Listen to the Naples Klezmer Revival Band. Food available for purchase. Located at Mercato, Strada Place, Naples. Call 239-263-4205 or check cdn.fedweb.org.
24 TUESDAY 3:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Dr., Naples. Visit mealsofhope.org. 3:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Services. Our Christmas Eve celebrations start with crafts, Christmas goodies, and “snow” at 3 p.m. followed by a family service at 4 p.m. Candlelight services are offered at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and a candlelight service with communion is held at 10 p.m. Located at Naples United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Rd., Naples. Call 239-261-5469 or visit naplesucc.org.
26 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Fabulous Fishes. From a seahorse floating with seagrass to an angelfish hiding near the coral reef, dive in as we count just how many FINtastic fish we can see during a visit to our discovery center. Take home your own decorative fishy craft. Ages 5 and younger. Located at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org.
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28 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Pop Up Event: Card Making. Stop by and create an artistic card for someone special. All ages. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 1:00 p.m. Saturday Movie Matinee. The Lion King. Rated PG. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or visit collierlibrary.org.
30 MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Girls Softball Winter Clinic. Offering specific skill instruction for pitchers and catchers as well as hitting and defense. Located at Cambier Park softball field, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Check ngsll.org. 2:00 p.m. Winter Break Movie. Cool Runnings. Rated PG. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or visit collierlibrary.org.
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4:30 p.m. Evening Movie. Aladdin. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org.
31 TUESDAY 9:00 a.m. Florida Panther Encounter. Meet Athena, our 1-year-old rescued panther, and learn about her state-of-the-art exhibit and training. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or visit napleszoo. org. 1:00 p.m. No School Fun Film. Rudolph’s Shiny New Year. All ages. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Fireworks. Find a spot on the beach for this annual tradition. Located at Naples Pier, 25 12th Ave. S., Naples. Check naplesgov.com. neafamily.com
By Jan Pierce
hristmas is celebrated all around the world. The religious significance of the holiday is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, while the secular festivities involve a gift-giving character who brings presents and treats to good children. Holiday customs include decorations, music, and specialty foods. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting ways Christmas is celebrated all around the world. In India, Christmas is celebrated on December 25 with church services for believers. A midnight service is very popular. People of all faiths decorate their homes and gardens with starshaped paper lanterns and some set up nativity scenes. Father Christmas brings presents to children from a horse and cart. Special Christmas cakes and sweets such as newries (see recipe, facing page) and kulkuls are baked and open houses abound. In Sweden, St. Lucia’s day is celebrated on December 13. St. Lucia was a Christian martyr from 304 AD known for secretly taking food to persecuted Christians in the catacombs of Rome. Today young girls dress in white dresses with a red sash, and wear a crown of lights to help Lucia find her way. Special buns called lussekatts (see recipe, facing page) are served. Then on Christmas Eve a huge buffet known as julbord is eaten in courses. It begins with cold fish dishes and moves to cold meats, warm meat dishes, and desserts. Glogg, a sweet mulled wine, and coffee are favorite drinks. Homes are decorated with straw to remind everyone that Jesus was born in a manger. Gifts are brought by small gnomes called jultomten. In Madagascar, an island off the east coast of Africa, it is very warm at Christmas time. Still, decorations include holly and “snow” though neither exist there. Santa is known as Dadabe
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Noely and only small gifts are exchanged. On Christmas day people everywhere, even strangers, greet one another with “Arahaba tratry ny Noely” which means Merry Christmas, and then go to their families to eat dinners of chicken or pork with rice and a special cake. Another favorite Christmas food is the lychee, a fruit which is peeled and eaten with great enjoyment. In Hong Kong, Christians celebrate Christmas with homemade cards bearing original artwork. The scenes show the Holy family in Chinese settings. Poinsettias and Nativity scenes are used for decorations. The Chinese alphabet is put on streamers and paper chains hang everywhere. Santa Claus is known as Lan Khong or Dun Che Lao Ren. In Zimbabwe, Christmas day is known as Kisimusi and begins with a church service. Then people spend the day visiting all of their friends and family, eating, and exchanging gifts. Favorite meals are chicken with rice which is a special treat. Often music is played loudly from large speakers in the streets. People wear their best clothes and homes are decorated with ivy draped around the top of the rooms. Christmas cards may have wild animals on them and small gifts are given to children on Christmas morning. In New Zealand, Christmas falls in the hot summer months. Families are often celebrating their summer holidays by camping or staying at the beach. There are parades and Christmas trees. The Christmas meal is barbecued meats or seafood. Desserts such as hot fruit pudding or meringues are served. Pavlova is a favorite dessert. Presents are opened on Christmas day before the special lunch. In Ethiopia, Christmas is celebrated by the Orthodox Church. It is called Ganna and held on January 7. People fast on January 6, and then the next morning they wear a traditional garment called a NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2019 Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort
New Zealand Pavlova Ingredients 4 egg whites 1 ⁄8 t. cream of tartar 1 cup superfine sugar (or granulated that is made fine in food processor) 1 T. cornstarch 1 t. vanilla 1 cup sliced fruit (kiwi and/or berries) 1½ cup sweetened whipped cream ¼ cup miniature chocolate chips or other small candies Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking pan with parchment paper. Sprinkle cream of tartar over egg whites and beat until stiff. Whisk cornstarch and sugar. Combine the two mixtures and fold in vanilla. Form mounds of meringue about 6” in diameter. Reduce heat in oven to 200 degrees and bake one hour. Turn oven off leaving meringue inside to cool. When cooled, fill each mound with whipped cream and top with fruit and candies. Swedish St. Lucia Buns (Lussekatts) Indian Newries Ingredients Dough: 4½ cups flour 3 T. butter (ghee) 1½ cups milk Filling: 1¾ cup semolina flour (coarse rice or wheat flour) 7 ⁄8 cup sugar ¼ cup raisins ¼ cup chopped cashews 3 cardamon pods 1 t. cinnamon 1 T. butter (ghee) Combine flour, butter, and milk into a stiff dough. Refrigerate. Gently cook raisins and nuts in a small amount of butter and set aside. Use rest of butter to gently fry semolina until light brown. Add sugar, spices, raisins, and nuts. Mix. Roll out small pieces of dough into 2-inch rounds. Place a tablespoon of filling in the middle, and then fold and seal the edges of the dough. Heat oil and fry until golden brown. shamma. This thin white cotton toga-like outfit is worn to a special service held in the circle-shaped church. Candles are held in a procession and communion is taken. At the time of Ganna men and boys play a game similar to hockey also known as ganna. Special foods eaten at this time of year are meat and vegetables called wat and flatbread known as injera. Children usually receive gifts of clothing. In Wales, carol singing is the highlight of the festivities. Carolers sing at dawn of Christmas morning and are invited in for snacks. Taffy-making is also a favorite family activity. There is a prize for the best new Christmas carol written that year and it is added to the list of carols sung in future Christmas celebrations. NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2019
Ingredients 1 cup milk ¼ t. saffron ½ cup butter 4½ cups flour 1 T. yeast granules ½ cup potato flour or flakes 1½ t. salt 1 ⁄3 cup sugar 3 large eggs (one separated) 1 t. vanilla Glaze: 1 egg white + 1 T. water Pearl sugar Sultana raisins (golden) In a saucepan heat the milk and saffron. Remove from heat and add butter. Cool to lukewarm. In a bowl whisk yeast, flours, salt, and sugar. Separate one egg and save the white. Pour milk over the dry ingredients and add two eggs plus the extra yolk. Mix well and knead until smooth. Allow to rise one hour. Deflate and cut into 12 pieces. Form dough into S shapes and let rise another 30 minutes. Apply glaze and bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes. In Russia, Christmas is celebrated by the Orthodox Church. Once banned by the communist regime, Christmas is again celebrated with special church services as well as meat and cabbage pies called pirogi and meat dumplings known as pelmeni. A porridge, kutya, is served along with honey and poppy seeds to bring happiness, success, and peace. Children carry a star and go house to house in the cold winter snows singing carols and receiving sweets. Children love to hear about the ways other children celebrate. Why not share some of this information in your holiday discussions? You may even want to include some of the foods or traditions in your own family festivities. Happy Holidays! neafamily.com
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hat adventure(s) are you and the kids planning for the holidays? Why not go fossil hunting with Treasure Seekers (treasureseekersshelltours.com) in the mud flats of the Ten Thousand Islands? Or catch-and-release shark fishing with Captain Dakotah at Dreamlander Tours (dreamlandertours.com). Or paddle with the marine biologists of Rising Tide Explorers (risingtidefl.com) in the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve? Wow
the family, enthrall those hard-to-impress houseguests, and make awesome selfies for the report, “What I did on my Winter Vacation.”
Naples author KAREN T. BARTLETT is the travel editor of Neapolitan Family. These pages are from her book, A (mostly) Kids’ Guide to Naples, Marco Island & The Everglades. mostlykidsguides.com.
Abshellutely Fabulous Fun! Oh, the seashells and fossils you can find mucking around the secret coves and mud flats of the 10,000 Islands! Meet your Treasure Seekers Shell Tour guide at the Goodland Boating Park. Bring a snack and extra dry clothes!
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If you were a barnacle, you’d crawl around till you find a spot you like, ooze cement out of your antennae, and then flip upside down and glue your shark’s tooth head to a shell–and then stand on your head the rest of your life! Since you’re upside down, you’ll be grabbing your food with Go Fish! y your feet. Imagine catching a fish as tall as “A shark’s skin is rough like you. Lots of kids do! You can fish all sandpaper—not around the 10,000 Islands or go way out smooth like mine!” in the Gulf of Mexico to look for really huge ones. Marco Island has soooo many great fishing guides. Some, like Old Marco Charter Fishing and Native Get it? Guided Fishing Charters, specialize Fishing r-e-e-l! in families. M
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Want a Reel Shark Experience? Try shark fishing with Captain Dakotah of Dreamlander Tours! Maybe you’ll catch a nurse shark, a blacktip shark, a lemon shark or a bonnethead shark. Okay, they’re not cuddly like puppies, but once you get to know them you may like them! 43
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Polka-dot Batfish? Imagine a triangle-shaped, polka-dotted fish with legs that looks like a bat with warts, with lipstick-colored lips, and a fishing lure growing out of her head. There she is, walking along the sandy seagrass bed with that lure wiggling away. All of a sudden, a delicious-looking shrimp swims by. She puckers up those red lips and whoosh… lunch! True or false?
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If you said “true,” you’re right! And that’s not the only outrageous creature living in the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The humongous mangrove estuary is home to gazillions of birds and animals. At the Environmental Learning Center, you can see the skulls and bones of all kinds of wildlife, and touch live horseshoe crabs and other sea creatures in the big interactive aquarium. Outside, look for manatees from the observation bridge, or walk the Snail Trail.
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Every year, Elena Epstein, director of the National Parenting Product Awards, reviews thousands of gifts for families and selects only the very best as award winners. In the following pages, we have chosen our favorites to help guide you in your holiday shopping this year. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find great gifts for new parents as well as the best new toys, books, and music for your kids.
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Eight-Panel My Play Portable Play Yard Creating a safe play area in seconds, this lightweight, foldable play yard is ideal for home, park, beach, or travel. $79.99, ages 6-24 months. amazon.com
Features a gently weighted center that mimics the comfort of a parent’s gentle touch, ensuring better and longer sleep for babies. $34.99, ages birth-24 months. nestedbean.com
Pump and Go Starter Set by Tommee Tippee Makes breastfeeding simpler, by using a single pouch to pump, store, warm, and feed, so there’s no need to transfer milk at any stage. $99.99. tommeetippee.us
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Overhead HD camera tracks everything happening in your baby’s crib and provides personalized, scientificallybacked sleep guidance. $279, ages birth-36 months. nanit.com
Create fresh, healthy, homemade baby food with the touch of a button. It steams, blends, reheats, defrosts, and even sterilizes and self-cleans. $129.99. amazon.com
The New Rules of Pregnancy A beautiful tribute and celebration of moms-to-be by two leading OB-GYNs. Easy-to-digest, compassionate and motivating. $19.95. workman.com
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UPPAbaby MESA The SMARTSecure System combines auto-retracting connectors and a visual indicator that turns from red to green, providing an installation that is both simple and accurate. $239.99, for 4-35 lbs. and up to 32” in height. uppababy.com
Hedwig Interactive Creature Treasure Seekers Pirate Ship Raise the anchor and search for hidden treasure. $39.99, ages 1.5+. vtechkids.com
This owl makes 12 unique sounds and responds to sounds by turning her head. $19.99, ages 4+. jakks.com
Gigantosaurus Roar & Stomp Giganto Features six points of articulation. $29.99, ages 3+. jakks.com
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Marbleocity 4-Bar Link Use the hand crank or attach a motor (sold separately) to watch the marbles ascend and then flip-flop down again. $24.99, 9+. playmonster.com
Includes three play modes that introduce colors, numbers, and music in English and Spanish. $14.99, 6+ months. leapfrog.com
Dragamonz Multipack KidiGo Walkie Talkies Keep in touch anywhere with these kid-safe, two-way radios. Include two-player games for real-time gaming between devices. $34.99, 4+. vtechkids.com
Smash and build a dragon army. $9.99, ages 5+. spinmaster.com
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of the Year My Fairy Garden Nature Cottage Use the included seeds to grow a real garden on top and along the bottom. $29.99, ages 4+. playmonster.com
Scribble Scrubbie Safari Oasis Adorable, colorable, and washable pet figures that kids can customize. $19.99, ages 3+. shop.crayola.com
Juno My Baby Elephant With over 150 lifelike movements and sounds. $99.99, ages 5+. junomybabyelephant.com Y’Art Create amazing works of textured yarn art with the ease of coloring. $14.99, ages 8+. kahootz.com
Disney Princess Style Collection Play Suitcase Features real working wheels, a retractable handle, and storage for included travel accessories. $39.99, ages 3+. jakks.com
Ryan’s World Super Surprise Safe Push and reveal, smash and surprise, decode and discover all of the amazing surprises inside. $39.99, ages 3+. JustPlayProducts.com NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2019
Best New Books
What Should Danny Do?
Awesome Edible Kids Crafts
A Smart Girl’s Guide: Travel
Howl Like a Wolf!
Knights Club: The Bands of Bravery
When the Cousins Came
Noodleheads Find Something Fishy
This clever picture book series empowers kids with the understanding that their choices will shape their days. $17.99 each, ages 4-9, whatshoulddannydo.com.
All about adventure, trying new things, and meeting new people. Filled with fun quizzes, smart safety tips, and cool trivia. $12.99, ages 10+, americangirl.com.
A sensitive story about insecurity, hosting, and friendship inspired by the author’s own large, diverse family. $17.99, ages 4-8, holidayhouse.com.
A picture book memoir and a testament to the journey that Morales and her son took together from Mexico to San Francisco. $18.99, ages 4-8, holidayhouse.com.
Join the fun with this illustrated interactive guide that invites kids to learn about key behaviors of 15 animals. $18.95, ages 6-9, storey.com.
A graphic novel perfect for reluctant readers, featuring short, funny chapters following Mac and Mac through ridiculous adventures. $15.99, ages 6-9, holidayhouse.com.
Never before has it been more fun to play with your food as you learn unique crafts using your favorite things to eat. $21.99, ages 6-11, edelweiss.plus.
A middle-grade graphic novel series that makes your child the valiant hero of a fantasy quest. $9.99, ages 8-12, quirkbooks. com.
Meet the toughest cowgirl around. Never mind that this broncobuster is a horsefly. She acts taller than any tall tale. $18.95, ages 5-9, caseyrislovbooks.com. NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2019
Best New Music
Beneath the Cherry Tree
Bubba & Boo
Moove to the Moozika!
Stripes with Platypus
Put Your Arms in the Air!
Carnaval – Spanish Learning Songs
A Cheerful Little Earful
A Louisiana dance party with Cajun, jazz, New Orleans R&B, brass band, and Isleño original tunes. $10, johnetteandscott.com.
Nine original songs with a child’s perspective and a grown-up’s sensibilities. $12.98, stephenmichaelschwartz.com.
Get ready to sing, dance, and expand your imagination. $12, amazon.com. NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2019
A whimsical musical tribute to the profound beauty of nature. $15, karestrongmusic. com.
A playful collection of city-based adventure songs in both Spanish and English. $14.99, moozika.com
A musical celebration featuring merengue, calypso, soca, New Orleans brass, jazz, and country. $14.99, whistlefritz.com.
A mellifluous journey through themes of kindness, humanity, creativity, and imagination. $15, musictimewithmegan.com.
Absurd, silly humor, as well as more heartfelt matters of childhood. $15, $9.9 (digital), store.cdbaby.com
A jazz album for kids by a charming reallife singing fairy featuring a fun collection of songs. $12.99, dianapanton.com. neafamily.com
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