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.
- Animal Services
Spay/neuter services will be temporarily suspended for the public Dec. 26-28. Additionally, Animal Services will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Regular services will resume Jan. 2. For more information call 3-1-1.
- Garbage/Recycling pickup
- Dec. 25 - Administrative offices will be closed. There will also be no curbside collection of garbage or trash, or of recycling materials. Residents who had garbage collection scheduled for that day will instead have it collected on Friday, Dec. 28. Recycling customers scheduled for a Christmas Day pickup will instead have it collected on Saturday, Dec. 29.
- Dec. 31 & Jan. 1 - Regular service
- Miami-Dade 311 will observe the following holiday hours:
- Dec. 24 - Open from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Monday
- Dec. 25 - Closed
- Jan. 1 - Closed
- Transit's Holiday Schedule
- Dec. 24, 31 - Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover to operate on a regular weekday schedule.
- Dec. 25, Jan. 1 - Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover will operate on a Sunday schedule.
Buses will begin departing after noon from the following locations:
- Departing from Dadeland South Metrorail Station: Route 34
- Departing from Dadeland North Metrorail Station: Routes 204, 272, and 288
- Departing from downtown Miami, Civic Center, Brickell, and NE 36 St. & Biscayne Blvd.: 95 Express
- Departing from first stop at NW 8 St. and 1 Ct.: 95 Dade-Broward Express (12:20 p.m. & 12:40 p.m.)
- Zoo Miami: Zoo Lights
Go see the bright, animal-shaped lights at Zoo Miami: Zoo Lights, Dec. 14-23 from 7 to 10 p.m.
- Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
The Arsht Center for the Performing Arts kicks off its 2012-2013 season with Broadway blockbusters ''Stomp,'' ''Mary Poppins,'' ''Les Miserables,'' ''Priscilla Queen of the Desert'' and so much more, now through Feb. 2013.
- Parks Winter Break Camps
Sign your child up for a fun and affordable Miami-Dade Parks Winter Break Camp Dec. 24 to Jan. 4 (closed Christmas/New Year's Day). Kids will stay fit and thrilled outdoors with activities like sports, nature exploration, arts and crafts, games, field trips, and more!
- 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.
Buy an EcoAdventure, adopt a bench, book a Bay Cruise, a bike tour, a birdwatching expedition and more at Parkstore.
- 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.
- Airport Security - know before you go what's allowed and what's not
- Real-time Flight Tracker - check your flight status before jetting off to the airport
- Cruise Season - new ships, new lines at PortMiami
- Take the train to the plane - At only $2 each way and $4 a day for long-term parking, you'll be raving about the savings.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Volunteer Day
Jan. 21 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Take the time that day to honor the man and his dreams by making a difference in your community by volunteering for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Project at several Miami-Dade County Parks including West Perrine Park, Colonial Drive Park and Zoo Miami. To become a sponsor or to volunteer, call 305-961-2781.
- Help restore natural areas
Want to help restore and protect rare native habitats in Miami-Dade County? Get your hands dirty removing exotic vegetation, enhancing trails, restoring native vegetation, and conducting clean-up activities. For more information, call 305-257-0933 ext. 227 or visit the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program.
- 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!
Consumer and safety tips
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