Free and Frugal Family Fun for the weekend of December 28-January 1st (Jacksonville)

  1. Saturday December 29th-Sunday 30th. 10am-5pm. Old Town Arts and Crafts Show. St. Augustine. Juried show featuring artists and craftsmen from throughout northeast Florida and the U.S.  Features unique original handmade art, crafts, paintings, jewelry, sculpture and more. Admission is free.
  2. Saturday December 29th. 5-9pm. Uptown Saturday Night. St. Augustine. live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. Free.
  3. Monday December 31st 10-1pm. Jacksonville Zoo  2012 New Year’s Eve. . Count down the hours until 2013 with live entertainment including Jacksonville’s own Kayshae, Magic Show, Scott Leigh and his dancers, face painters, magic show, Mrs. Bubbles, free caricatures, games, an apple juice toast at noon and much more! Giveaways include a ski trip for four to Cataloochee Ski Area in North Carolina.
  4. Monday December 31st. 4pm. Beach Blast Off 2013. St. Augustine Pier. Annual Beach Blast Off 2013 features ice sculptures, chili cook-off, fireworks and more. Fire and Ice chili cook-off from 4pm to 8pm, with fireworks beginning at 8:30pm. Free admission, but there is a charge from the chili tasting.
  5. Monday December 31st 11-12. New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop. Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra. The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach hosts the New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop. There will be pizza, cookies to decorate, bubble wrap room, live music from Dalton Cyr, decorate a hat or mask, and the balloon drop at 12noon. Members are free; non-members are $5/person or $15 for a family of 4. Pay at the door. Space is limited. No pets or strollers allowed.
  6. Tuesday January 1st. 2pm. First Day Hike. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Anastasia State Park will host a “guided outdoor scavenger hunt, with an intro to geocaching. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, camera, drinking water,  bug spray, and a smart phone or other GPS devise. This program is free with paid park admission. Meet at the entrance to the Ancient Sand Dunes interpretive trail. Free with park admission.

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