Free things to do with kids this weekend

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There are so many amazing and COMPLETELY FREE things to do with your kids in Palm Beach County this weekend. Here are our picks for the best events. We’ve also included a few for next weekend so you can get a head start on planning.

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Santa Claus Keith Carson, of the Believe in Santa Foundation, visits children during a Christmas in July event at Palm Beach Children's Hospital on Friday, July 25, 2014 in West Palm Beach. Fake snow floated through the hospital courtyard and Santa Claus went room-to-room to deliver presents. (Madeline Gray / The Palm Beach Post)

Where: West Palm Beach

When: Beginning on Nov. 24 and continuing through Christmas Eve.

What: For the second year in a row, The Palm Beach Outlets will be offering FREE photos with Santa this holiday season. Each family will receive two free professional photos along with a digital download of a single image. One giveaway per family, per Christmas season. For more information, call Palm Beach Outlets at (561) 515-4400 or go online to 

Where: Home Depot stores countywide

When: Nov. 25; 9 a.m. to noon

What: Make a FREE holiday ornament at this children’s workshop. Children will also receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin Read more HERE.

A chocolate chip sea cucumber and a Burr puffer fish are displayed in a tank after being caught by children with dip nets during the Loxahatchee River Center's Family Seine and Snorkel event on the intracoastal side of Blowing Rocks Preserve in Jupiter on July 1, 2017. The center is holding two more of the events in July, on the 7th, and 22nd. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Where: Jupiter 

When: Nov. 25, 2 p.m.  

What: Join the staff of the Loxahatchee River Center for a FREE public tour of the aquariums. The River Center's staff provides information on each of the exhibits, and guests have the opportunity to see the fish in action during feeding time. Read more HERE.

Where: Palm Beach Gardens

When: Nov. 25; 5-8 p.m.

What: Downtown at the Gardens’ holiday festivities kick off on Saturday, Nov. 25 with a dazzling light show and tree lighting, Polar Express- themed train rides, a special visit from Mrs. Claus, cookies and milk station, holiday letter-writing station, festive stilt walkers and more.  Read more HERE

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Victoria Volpe, 14, Jupiter, practices at Paris Ballet and Dance in Jupiter on Thursday, August 28, 2014. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

Where: Palm Beach Gardens 

What: Paris Ballet & Dance of Jupiter will perform The Nutcracker in the mall’s Grand Court. Read more HERE

Where: Delray Beach

When: Nov. 25 & 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

What: This annual juried art festival features hand-crafted artwork including glass, photography, painting, mixed media, fiber, jewelry. Admission is free. Read more HERE.

Where: Home Depot stores countywide

When: Dec. 2; 9 a.m. to noon

What: Make a FREE gingerbread house at this children’s workshop. Children will also receive a certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin. Read more HERE.

Where: Palm Beach Gardens

When: Dec. 2

What: The first annual Candy Cane Hunt at Downtown at The Gardens sponsored by Rhythm &Hues. In addition to the fun Candy Cane Hunt with a Golden Candy Cane to find, there will be prizes, bounce houses and more. It is a free event, but space is limited and tickets are required. Read more HERE. 

Here are some FREE events happening all winter long:     

Where: West Palm Beach 

When: Nightly through Dec. 31 

What: The “snow” falls on CityPlace’s plaza at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; and at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. It’s not real snow, but it's as realistic as you can get in South Florida. And the nightly flurries are a huge hit with kids. Read more HERE

Hoffman's Winter Wonderland (Provided)

Where: Greenacres 

When: Nightly through Dec. 30; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  

What: The 27th Annual Winter Wonderland runs through Dec. 30 at Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens at 5190 Lake Worth Road. The event features more than 125,000 LED lights, holiday displays, a giant Christmas tree, live entertainment, and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The light display will be open nightly, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., through Dec. 30. It is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Admission is free. Read more HERE

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