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Now through December 13th: United Way’s “Coats for Kids”

 

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December 11th: Fort Walton Beach Sunshine Seminar

The City of Fort Walton Beach is proud to host the Florida First Amendment Foundation’s Sunshine Seminar Course at the FWB Recreation Center on December 11. Anyone interested can learn more HERE, including cost and registration details.

 

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December 12th: Merry Little Christmas Concert

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast invite you to the 2nd Annual Merry Little Christmas Concert, presented by Pizza by the Sea, on Thursday, Dec. 12th at 6pm at the Grayton Beer Taproom. Enjoy the sounds of the season featuring live music by Chris Alvarado, Jacob Mohr and Jessie Ritter. Guests can also get a head start on holiday shopping with a silent auction featuring gift ideas for everyone on your list. Tickets are available for $40 a person for the event, and all guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and one complimentary beer ticket. A cash bar will also be available.

 

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December 13th- 14th: “An Old Fashioned Christmas” Concert

The Fort Walton Beach Community Chorus presents “An Old Fashioned Christmas” concert at the Fort Walton Beach Auditorium on Highway 98. Show times will be Dec. 13 & 14 at 7:00 pm and Sunday Dec. 15 at 3:00 pm.
Tickets can be purchased at http://www.fwbcc.org/tickets  or on our FB page, or at the event. Come join us for a spectacular holiday show where you will hear some of your favorite holiday songs, traditional Christmas songs and lots of fun in between. We have some pretty amazing talent in our chorus. You won’t want to miss it. All proceeds benefit the FWBCC Memorial Scholarship Fund.

 

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December 14th: “The Nutcracker”

 

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December 17th: Merry Droid-Mas

These ARE the droids you’re looking for! On Tuesday, December 17th at 6:00 p.m., join us at the Destin Library for a celebration like the galaxy has never seen in anticipation of the release of “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker.” Activities for this event will include a trivia competition, Cloud City scavenger hunt to rebuild C-3PO, and a pool noodle light saber construction station. Attendees can also head to The Cantina for some light refreshments. This program is open to participants of all ages and registration is not required. For more information, please email Megan Fontaine at mfontaine@cityofdestin.com or call the library
at 850-837-8572.

 

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December 21st: Billy Claus at LuLu’s

Enjoy a memorable family Holiday experience at LuLu’s 5th  Annual Billy Claus free event on Satuday, December 21, at 1 p.m. Billy Claus is Santa’s warm weather-loving brother who lives in the Caribbean, but comes this way to help Santa during the Holiday season. The LuLuBelles are Billy’s version of Santa’s elves. Billy will visit with the children to hear their wish list to pass on to Santa. Billy and the LuLuBelles will be available for photos with the children. In addition to kid’s arts & crafts activities, there will also be a reading of the children’s book authored by Lucy Buffett, Billy Claus and the Spirit of Christmas. LuLu’s is located in Destin at the foot of the Mid Bay Bridge, next to Legendary Marina. For more Billy Claus information, visit www.lulubuffett.com/destin or call (850) 710-5858.

 

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December 21st: S’mores with Santa Festival

4-H Camp Timpoochee is excited to host its very first S’mores with Santa Festival and blood drive. Beginning at 1pm, bring your family and friends and enjoy an afternoon of games, crafts food and of course, delicious s’mores! There will be a raffle drawing with multiple chances to win, cake walks, holiday movies and so much more. Plus, One Blood will be bringing out their Big Red Bus for all those who feel lead to donate blood. Rumor has it they have an awesome blanket gift for anyone who donates. All monetary proceeds will be going towards 4-H Camp Timpoochee’s marine lab renovations and the 2020 Marine Summer Camp programs.

Entry fee is $5.00 per vehicle and includes access to all Timpoochee lead activities, s’mores and one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets and food available for sale (cash only). We hope to see you there!

For more details, click here

 

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December 23rd: Snow Day!

The Emerald Coast Science Center in Fort Walton Beach is open special hours on December 23rd from 10 to 4 p.m. because it’s snowing at the Science Center! Join us for a day of fun snow-themed activities. Between making snow slime, participating in snowball fights, and crafting glitter snowflake or snowman ornaments, there’s tons of fun for everyone to enjoy from 12 to 3 p.m.

Access to all special activities is included with general admission pricing (which means current Science Center members get in FREE).
$10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 kids/kids 2 and under FREE
Military discount available

 

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December 31st: Noon Year’s Eve

Mark your calendars for LuLu’s 5th  Annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration just for kids on Tuesday, December 31, at 10 am. It will be non-stop free kid-friendly fun for the whole family, with excitement around every corner as LuLu’s celebrates and rings in the New Year. There will be arts & crafts, inflatables, face painting, live music, and more. So, the kiddies can have their fun, countdown to Noon with kid-safe “fireworks” and a huge Beach Ball Drop.  LuLu’s is located in Destin at the foot of the Mid Bay Bridge, next to Legendary Marina. For more on the Noon Year’s Eve celebration just for kids, visit www.lulubuffett.com/destin or call (850) 710-5858.

 

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January 1st: “Freezin’ For a Reason” Penguin Plunge & Paddle

Mark your calendars for January 1st  at Juana’s Pagodas Sailors’ Grill in Navarre Beach. Participants of the 11th annual Penguin Plunge will be “Freezin’ for a Reason” as they dash from the beach at Juana’s Pagodas into Santa Rosa Sound to symbolize a “New Start” to the New Year. To kick off the New Year, the Penguin Plunge proceeds will be donated to local suicide prevention groups.  It is very likely that, if not you, someone you know has been touched by suicide. Wont you help us start the conversation?

At 12:30, participants can show off their paddle skills in a stand-up paddle board adventure course.  At 1:30 participants will take a dash from the beach and plunge into the Santa Rosa Sound. Last year, over 400 people took the plunge with hundreds more “chicken” spectators braving the cold to watch. Afterwards in Juana’s beach tent, participants can “chill” and enjoy complimentary food, drink, live music, awards and buy raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Healing Paws for Warriors, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and EscaRosa Suicide Prevention Coalition. All organizations will be present to answer questions as well as raise funds to support suicide prevention.

Entry fee per person for the Plunge starts from $20 and the SUP Adventure starts from $30.  The sooner one registers, the less the cost is, and one can register on the day of the event. All participants will receive a long sleeve t-shirt. Participants can register on-line at http://www.juanaspagodas.com/PenguinPlunge.htm

For more information, call or email Kim Henderson at 850-376-9678 or kimeinfl@aol.com.

 

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January 9th: Sordid Secrets of the Stars Planetarium

Discover the sizzling stories behind the constellations in this planetarium event for adults (18+) at Emerald Coast Science Center in Fort Walton Beach! Explore Norse legends and mythology hidden in the sky as you take a trip through the cosmos during the ultimate date night adventure. Much like all our Sordid Secrets, this is an adult event, as those Norse gods definitely didn’t keep things rated PG! Our Planetarium is an inflatable dome. Guests sit on cushions on the floor of the planetarium to view the show. Due to size, space is limited to 15 patrons at a time. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended for this reason. On show nights, please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled showing. In case of no-shows/late shows: reserved spots will be released at show time to make space for the next party.

Shows begin at 6 and 7 pm and last approximately 45 minutes.
Our planetarium is sponsored by ResortQuest Gulf Coast

Pricing:
Nonmembers: $9 Adult | $8 Senior
Members: $7 Adult | $6 Senior
Event for guests 18 and up
For more information or questions:
Call 850-664-1261 | Email business-office@ecscience.org

 

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January 25th: Sip & Science: Mardi Gras

Bring your friends to the Emerald Coast Science Center in Fort Walton Beach, grab a drink, and let the good times roll. We’re bringing Mardi Gras magic to this Sip & Science, and you don’t want to miss this night at the museum. Between our Bourbon Street bead toss, Canal Street coin challenge, and Mardi Gras SMALLab trivia, this night will transport you to New Orleans–literally! Snap your photo in front of our green screen and pose with your krewe in front of some of The Big Easy’s most famous locations. Want to take it to the next level? Come dressed in your best Mardi Gras costumes or purple, green, or gold attire for a chance to win our costume contest. Stop by our masquerade corner to make your very own mask to wear at all your Mardi Gras parties. Fun knows no age limit, so get ready to chow down on Cajun food, drink a Hurricane, and have your King Cake and eat it, too. Carnival season has arrived!

Guests age 21+ (IDs will be checked at the door)

Tickets: $30 nonmembers/$25 members
Ticket price includes admission, access to regular and special museum exhibits, drink tickets for adult beverages (beer and Hurricane punch available), and food.

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