Dakin Dairy Farms season: Dakin Dairy Farms "Farm Fun" season features guided farm tours, hayrides and "old-fashioned country picnics" under the 5-acre oak hammock. Bring your own blanket or use their picnic tables. Picnic includes slow-roasted pulled pork, an "It's All About The Cheese" menu, chili, Angus hot dogs, marshmallows roasted over a campfire, ice cream and more. Enjoy free the 5-acre Farm Fun Play Area with purchase of picnic. "It's a Country Christmas" featuring Christmas Carol Hayrides, a "live" manger, family photo opportunities and more from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Costumes will be availabe. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, October-April. Farm tours cost $10 are are at noon Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Saturdays. A 7-acre corn maze is open until 9 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 22; $7. The farm is at 30771 Betts Road, Myakka City. Information: www.DakinDairyFarms.com or Call (941) 322-2802.
"ICE! Featuring Dreamworks' Merry Madagascar": ICE! Florida's favorite frigid Christmas tradition, with over 20,000 square-feet of frosty 9-degree bliss played out in a winter wonderland of exciting hand-carved sculptures will be open daily through Jan 1, including the holidays. Featuring two-story tall ice slides carved entirely from two million pounds of ice and an all-new, awe inspiring tribute to the unforgettable DreamWorks' Animation TV classic Merry Madagascar. Relive the story of how Alex the Lion and his friends saved Christmas after Santa and his reindeer crash onto the island of Madagascar. ICE! is kept at a frigid 9° Fahrenheit. Be sure to dress appropriately: closed-toe shoes and long pants are required. Hooded winter coats are provided for your warmth and comfort inside the attraction and are available in a variety of sizes, including sizes for children. Hats and gloves are strongly recommended and may be purchased on site at the ICE! house gift shop. Event hours vary. Tickets: $18.99 and up for adults, $9.99 and up for children. Florida residents save an extra $4 per ticket. Information: 407-586-2000 or visit www.christmasatgaylordpalms.com. Gaylord Palms is at 6000 W. Osceola Pkwy., Kissimmee.
Big Cat Habitat: Big Cat Habitat has changed to its winter schedule. Visitors can have a up-close view of exotic and other animals at the sanctuary with special encounters daily and on Sunset Safaris 12:30-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Fun and educational animal demonstrations are at 1:30 p.m. daily. The habitat will close at 6:30 p.m. through Nov. 22. Admission: $15 adults, $7 children ages 12 and younger. Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is at 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota. Information: 941-371-6377 or visit www.BigCatHabitat.org.
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament: Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is inviting guests to travel back to the 11th Century with its new show. While some of the most popular traditions remain such as live jousting, sword fights, horsemanship and falconry, the show offers many new elements and a new story, battle scenes, costumes, new horse dressage, equine presentations by pure Spanish horses, Quarter horses, Friesians and Menorcans, a new musical score and an upgraded menu for the utensil-free meal. Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is at 3707 Edgewater Dr., Orlando. For a full schedule, hours and ticket prices, call 888-935-6878 or go online at www.medievaltimes.com.
Cirque Italia "ACT XII" at MOSI: Cirque Italia comes to MOSI's adjacent property now through Dec. 2, to perform "ACT XII," its 2012 opening show with talented artists from across the world and will feature unique aerial acts, hand-balancing acts, contortionists, hula hoops and many more stunning performances under a customized traveling tent. Tickets: $10-$40. For performance times and dates, call 813-987-6100 or visit www.mosi.org. MOSI is at 4801 East Fowler Ave., Tampa.
Santa Claus events at MOSI: The Museum of Science and Industry is hosting two special events in December with Santa himself. Guests are invited by Santa to join him on MOSI's Sky Trail Ropes Course offering photo opportunities high in the sky 11 a.m.-3 p.m. p.m. Dec. 8. Photos are free with rope course admission. Guest who keep both feet on the ground will have photo opportunities with Santa 12:30-1:30 p.m. Photos are $7. A buffet breakfast with Santa will be 9:30 a.m. Dec. 15 featuring special holiday activities, music from the Lennard High School Choir and photo opportunities with Santa. Guest should bring their own camera. Pre-registration is recommended. Call for admission prices. MOSI is at 4801 East Fowler Ave., Tampa. Information: call 813-987-6100 or visit www.mosi.org.
Lowry Park Zoo Wild Wonderland and Zoo School Holiday Programs: Meet Santa and his merry real reindeer 6:30-10 p.m. Dec. 8, 14-23, 26-30, and chill out on the new Arctic Blast Ice Slide, 100 feet of frozen fun in the Reindeer Games area, see penguins and for the first time, African animal on exhibit under the starry night sky. More merriment awaits with charming animated displays, a million twinkling lights, free Zoo rides, and traditional holiday treats. Call for admission prices. The Zoo School at the Zoo offers "Drop and Shop" camps, "Wild Wonderland" birthday parties, and holiday camps. The "Drop and Shop" camps provides weekend help during the busy holiday season as parents can enroll children ages 3-12 in this fun day program, 9:30-3 p.m. Dec. 8-9, 15-16 that includes Zoo hikes, animal encounters, visits to the reindeer and more. Camp: $30 for one child and $10 for each additional child per date. The winter birthday children can celebrate a Wild Wonderland birthday party, available in the evening on selected nights and include Wild Wonderland admission, a private birthday party room, pizza and more. Call for reservations. The Zoo offers holiday camps for students in grades K-5 during winter break, Dec. 26-28, Dec. 31-Jan. 4, as well as holiday classes for tots ages 2-5 and their families Dec. 12-14. All camp events required advance registration as space is limited. The park is at 1101 West Sligh Ave., Tampa. Information: 813-935-8552 or visit www.lowryparkzoo.com.
New "Christmas Town" at Busch Gardens: Busch Gardens launched the web site for the park's biggest Christmas celebration ever. TIckets are now available online for Nov.30-Dec. 23. Busch Gardens theme park is producing its first-ever after-hours Christmas event "Christmas Town," beginning Nov. 30. Spotlight will be on Christmas lighting, but also included will be special holiday decorations, shows, shopping and musical guests. The park will have distinct zones of decorations such as animal pattern decorations in the Cheetah Hunt walkway, and children's TV characters decked out in holiday great at Sesame Street of Fun, and pink, twinkling lights in the flamingo area. Some popular rides and coasters will be open on event nights, and Christmas Town visitors will also be able to experience many attractions not available during the day. Guests will board a steam locomotive for a carol sing-along, encounter penguins and visit Santa's house, experience real snowdrifts and other snow-related activities, and enjoy its traditional Christmas shows such as Christmas on Ice, Christmas from the Heart, Christmas Celebration and some added shows such as Jimmy Osmond's Christmas Jukebox, with nightly performances, and a Jars of Clay concert at Gwazi capping off the evenings. Christmas Town programming will be held 6-11 p.m. Fridays-Sundays Nov. 30-Dec. 23. General admission: $39.99 per person. Children's tickets purchased online are $9.99 for ages 3-9. A special promo code for tickets $29.99 can be found on the park's facebook page. Annual pass members receive discounts, and special offers for guests wishing to upgrade their paid daily admission. Christmas Town is a separate-ticketed night event, and regular daytime admission is not required or included. The park is located at 10165 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa. Information: 888-800-5447 or visit www.buschgardens.com.