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2013-14 Winter Holiday Guide

From school break camps, to consumer and safety tips, to fun things to do with the whole family – our Winter Guide will lighten your load and brighten your spirits this holiday season. Are you planning a getaway or expecting visitors? We've wrapped it all up for you and tied it in a little bow.

Department services

  • Call 3-1-1Miami-Dade 311 will observe the following holiday hours:
    • Dec. 31 - Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Jan. 1 - Closed
  • Garbage/Recycling pickup
    • Dec. 31 - Normal operations.
    • Jan.  1
      • Administrative offices are closed.
      • Disposal faclities are open. This includes Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Centers, transfer stations, landfills, Home Chemical Collection Centers and the Resources Recovery Facility.
      • Recycling service - normal operations.
      • Since Public Works & Waste Management does not provide curbside garbage or trash collection service on Wednesdays, no customers will be affected.
  • Transit's Holiday Schedule
    • Dec. 31
      • Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover will operate on a regular weekday schedule.
      • Additionally, after 8 p.m., Metrorail will continue regular weekday service with a 15-minute frequency between the Dadeland South and Earlington Heights stations; and every 30 minutes between the Palmetto and Earlington Heights stations. This service will be extended into January 1, 2014.
      • The last northbound and southbound trains will depart from the Government Center Station at approximately 2 a.m. 
      • Metromover service also will be extended until approximately 2 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
    • Jan. 1
      • Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover will operate on a Sunday schedule.
      • This means that weekday only routes, such as the I-95 Dade-Broward Express and the I-95 Express going to Golden Glades, will not be providing service on January 1, 2014.
  • Miami-Dade Animal Services will observe the following holiday hours:
    • Dec. 31 - the shelter will close at 2 p.m.
    • Jan. 1 - the shelter will be closed.

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Fun

  • Let the countdown begin!Celebrate New Year's at Bayfont Park
    Ring in the New Year at Miami's largest free dance party at Bayfront Park on Dec. 31 starting at 8 p.m., and ending when Big Orange rises to the top at midnight.
  • Nosh With the Zoo Squad
    Need a little respite from the holiday hubbub? Children of all ages are invited to come to Zoo Miami on Dec. 21 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. for an all-you-can-eat holiday breakfast hosted by their favorite zoo hosts — Gigi the giraffe, Kaz the rhino and Pio the oxpecker. Enjoy good food, good company and admission to the Zoo plus an all-day monorail pass at a great price.
  • Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
    The Arsht Center for the Performing Arts kicks off its 2013-2014 season with Broadway blockbusters ''War Horse,'' ''Elf the Musical,'' ''Les Miserables,'' ''Evita'' and so much more, now through Feb. 2014.
  • Parks Winter Break Camps
    Keep your child active and connected to nature by enrolling them in one of the many fun and affordable Winter Break Camps offered by Miami-Dade County Parks. Situated at convenient locations all over Miami-Dade County, these camps run from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3 and are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Christmas and New Year's Day). Early drop-off and late pickup hours are also available. Sign up your kids today.
  • Winter Arts Workshop
    Hidden talent can't stay that way long. Help it come of alive for your children by enrolling them in Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs' 30th Annual Winter Arts Workshop. Kids ages 5-16 receive quality instruction in dance, drama, visual arts, and music, both vocal and instrumental at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Available at an affordable price, this camp runs Dec. 23-Jan. 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (except Christmas and New Year's Day). For information, call 305-638-6771.
  • Children connect with nature at winter camp
    For a winter break experience with that back-to-nature feel that kids love, you can't beat an EcoAdventure™ Winter Nature Camp at the Deering Estate at Cutler, A.D. Barnes Park or Arch Creek Park! Camps run Dec. 23-Jan. 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with late pick-up until 6 p.m. at an additional cost. Register your child for two-day or three-day adventures today.

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Gifting

  • vLocal food cookbook makes the perfect stocking stuffer
    Need a few fresh ideas for your holiday feast? Consuming foods harvested closer to home is better for your health, as well as better for the environment. A new cookbook, Local Flavor: Recipes Raised in the Florida Redland features a variety of recipes you can make with locally-grown ingredients.
  • Baby Stroller Permits
    After a hectic day of holiday shopping with your sweet-but-tired munchkin, wouldn't it be nice to have a parking space nearby where you can unload? A Baby Stroller Permit costs only $17 and is good until your child turns three years old.Golden Passport
    If you are a senior citizens 65 years and over and a permanent Miami-Dade resident, you are eligible to ride transit free with a Golden Passport EASY Card.
  • Give the gift of a most unique experience
    The holiday season brings the finest weather of the year to Miami, so why not give your loved one a gift with a taste of the outdoors? Check out the Parkstore for experiences such as birding tours, recreational sports packages, kayaking and much more. Or make a more permanent gift: buy an Adopt-a-Park or Adopt-a-Tree package to make a lasting mark on our future. And if you purchase a Parks Foundation Family Membership before Dec. 31, you get $25 off the price.
  • Zoo Miami Membership
    Skip long lines, get discounts on food, drinks, gifts and other benefits at Zoo Miami.
  • HistoryMiami Membership
    A one-year membership entitles you to free year-round admission, discounts to special events and city tours, a 10 percent discount at the gift shop and more. For more information please see the HistoryMiami Membership Benefits page.
  • Adopt Teens and TweensBig kids need gifts, too
    Help the Miami-Dade County Foster & Adoptive Parent Association make the season special for kids and teens ages 12-18. These children are often overlooked when goodhearted people donate gifts for the holidays. So while you're out shopping, pick up an extra bottle of perfume, handbag, wallet or gift card to popular restaurants or retailers. Call 305-469-1157 to find out more.

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Travel

Travel smart with these handy links to get you on your way with a little less angst. 

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Giving back

  • Give BackSupport county programs or services
    Make a tax deductible donation to the services that matter most to you. Celebrate the spirit of the holiday by giving back to your community through a donation. There are many worthy organizations that can use your help.
  • Animal Services Foster parent Program
    Have you ever considered fostering a dog or cat in need of a home? Fostering adoptable animals to live in a temporary home opens up more space at the shelter, giving more homeless pets a second chance at a new life!
  • Philippines Relief
    Today, more than 10 million people in the Philippines are picking up the pieces left behind by Typhoon Haiyan. Be a part of the community-wide effort to help rebuild and restore the country by making a tax deductible donation today!

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Consumer and safety tips

Tips to make this holiday season safer and more enjoyable.

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