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. 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. 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. ICE! is kept at a frigid 9 degrees 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, on Sunset Safaris 12:30-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays and Dec. 31. Fun and educational animal demonstrations are at 1:30 p.m. daily. 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.
Mote Marine: "Sea Lions, On the Water's Edge," is a limited-time exhibit featuring Patagonian and California sea lions through April 28 in the Aquarium. The exhibit will star Patagonian sea lions Stella, 8, Rose, 7, and Kitty, 7, and over time will feature other individual sea lions, each with a distinct personality. The exhibit will include special narrated demonstrations at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. each day. Visiting the exhibit will be included with regular Mote admission. Admission: $17 adults, $16 seniors ages 65 and older, $12 children ages 4-12, free for members and for children ages 3 and younger. Mote Marine is at 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441 or visit www.mote.org.
Hermanns Royal Lipizzan Stallions: 32755 Singletary Road, Myakka City
Hermanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions, unquestionably the rarest, most aristocratic breed of horses in the world will perform in their 2012-2013 Winter Training and Practice Rehearsal Shows 3 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays through May 4. Donation: $5. Bring lawn chairs. Reservations and information: 941-322-1501 or visit www.hlipizzans.com
"Holidays in Space"; Guest can celebrate the holiday sights and sounds as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex presents the second annual "Holidays in Space" now through Jan. 1. The Visitor Complex will be adorned with a stunning array of holiday decorations as well as heartwarming performances of favorite holiday songs by strolling carolers daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon in the Rocket Garden, 2 and 3 p.m. at the Saturn V Center, and 4:15 p.m. in the Space Shop. Guest can learn about the holiday traditions of the International Space Station partners: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States. "Holidays in Space," is included in admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Admission: $50 adults, $40 children ages 3-12. The Kennedy Space Center is located at SR 405, Kennedy Space Center. Information: www.kennedyspacecenter.com.
Lowry Park Zoo Wild Wonderland and "Noon" Year Eve: Meet Santa and his merry real reindeer 6:30-10 p.m. Dec. 27-30, 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. Additionally, guests can ring in the New Year family style at the annual "Noon" Year Eve celebration 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 31 featuring games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, educational displays and more. Activities are included with Zoo admission. Call for admission prices. The park is at 1101 West Sligh Ave., Tampa. Information: 813-935-8552 or visit www.lowryparkzoo.com.
Universal Orlando's "2013 Rockin' Celebration": Universal Orlando Resort guests can ring in 2013 at one of the best parties of the year, Universal CityWalk's New Year's Eve celebration, 8 p.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 31 featuring live music by REO Speedwagon, a champagne toast and celebratory confetti burst at midnight. Guests can dine on gourmet cuisine and have access to seven of CityWalk's hottest nightclubs, including CityWalk's Rising Star, the Groove and Red Coconut Club. Tickets: $144.99. The resort is located at 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando. Information: www.universalorlando.com/holidays.