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Central Florida Zoo

The Central Florida Zoo is definitely not the largest zoo on the block, but it sure packs a ton of fun and education into a small area. Besides seeing over 400 animals (that doesn't include the bugs in the Massey Services Insect Zoo), you can take to the sky and enjoy our aerial adventure course at the ZoomAir Adventur Park or bring your flip-flops and swimsuit to cool-off in the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground. Don't miss the sloth exhibit or the monkeys. The zoo has lots of cool programs, a petting area, playground and butterfly gardens with giant chess and checker board. Saturday around 3pm is feeding time in the "snake house" and is always cool thing to see. 

Chinese New Year in Chinatown

The large percentage of Hawaii’s population with some Chinese heritage takes to the streets and celebrates with all the non-Chinese during the month-long Lunar New Year. Honolulu’s Chinatown bustles with street vendors, food, arts and crafts, entertainment, and of course many loud firecrackers to scare away bad spirits.. Catch a feng shui presentation, martial arts demonstrations, Chinese fortune reading, Chinese dancing, traditional Chinese song, Lion and Dragon Dances, the Narcissus Queen and her court, and weapons demonstrations. A street parade closes with a giant 150-foot dragon snaking through the crowd. This celebration takes place in January or early February, depending on the lunar calendar.

Coco Coquette

Remember playing in your mom’s make-up as a kid? Those mischievous swipes of lipstick and blue eyeshadow? Coco Coquette wants to give you that experience again – and the more mischief, the better. What started as a veritable house of wigs, many handcrafted by owner Allyson Garro, has now grown into a girly-girl’s dream come true. Think wall-to-wall perfumes and cruelty-free makeup alongside all those wigs, with a few false eyelashes and sparkly headdresses tucked in between. If you need diva inspiration, Coco Coquette also throws fabulous parties and catwalk shows on a fairly regular basis; follow their Facebook page to get on the invite list.

Cucina Forte

If you are looking for a nice warm atmosphere with family style Italian meals that taste like they came from a Grandma's kitchen then grab a bottle of wine and head to Cucina Forte. You will love the family style meals that are great for sharing and you must try the gnocchi appetizer with the gorgonzola sauce. So as you are driving around looking for parking, since the parking is street parking, and you catch a glimpse don't judge a book by its cover and  keep in mind that they are closed on Mondays.  

Display of Independence Fireworks

Every year, the village of Millstadt puts on an unbeatable display of fireworks that can be seen from nearly anywhere in Millstadt. Those wishing to witness the fireworks display should gather at Liederkranz Park and Village Park; weather permitting, the display will begin about 9 p.m. For safety’s sake, individuals are required to remain south of Parkview Drive and remain off of the school construction site. The Commercial Club co-sponsors the annual Display of Independence Fireworks and is the largest donor of money to support the purchase of fireworks. Families or individuals wishing to donate to the fund can do so by contributing at the replica firecracker banks at many Millstadt businesses.

Freeman Coliseum

Located right next door to the newer AT&T Center, the Freeman Coliseum is still used for numerous events throughout the year. From concerts to conventions to high school graduation ceremonies, the Freeman hosts just about any kind of event. With a capacity of around 11,000, it's large enough for a major concert without being so large that you can't see anything. Perfect for trade shows and expos, the historic, art deco building boast over 30,000 square feet of floor space. Big pluses are that the bathrooms are always clean and the parking prices are usually reasonable.

Gazebo Restaurant at Los Patios

Gazebo Restaurant at Los Patios offers a unique buffet-style Sunday brunch that can be enjoyed beneath their iconic tree-covered patio. For about $25 for each adult, you can enjoy the eclectic buffet table, a carving station, a salad bar, an omelet station plus a variety of desserts. You can drink coffee, tea or orange juice, or if you prefer, you can order champagne for $4 a glass. Please note that the exact food selection changes on a weekly basis so it's best to call ahead. You won't only love the food options, you'll fall in love the the simple yet stylish surroundings.

 

Higher Grounds Cafe

While many eateries allow your pooch outside what happens if it rains? You can head on over to Higher Grounds Cafe, here you can grab a cup of coffee and a pastry for yourself and pick something off the menu for your pup to enjoy as well. It is nice to have a spot where you can take your dog inside instead of having to either have someone wait outside with them or take them home first. From the table top games, oversized arm chairs, and amazing selection of books you will find something to occupy your time while the two of you finish your snacks.

Hotel Tabard Inn

Located just five blocks from the White House this hotel featuring forty rooms was built between 1880 and 1900. Featuring hardwood floors and eclectic decorations including a big Buddha, it doesn't have all the amenities you have become used to like a television in the room or cable, you can however get a television from the front desk to watch basic channels. With a location like this you will spend the day walking through the monuments and museums and will be too tired to worry about television when you get in at night. You will enjoy free breakfast and in lieu of a gym in the hotel you can get guest passes to the local YMCA to use during your stay. 

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one of the biggest festivals of the year in the city. In addition to the rodeo itself, the three-week event features concerts from some of the nation's top country musicians, a spectacular carnival and fair, livestock and horse shows and many more family-friendly activities. The Houston takes place in late February/early March each year at Reliant Center and draws millions of people. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo raises money for scholarships, research, endowments and other educational youth programs in Texas. You can avoid some of the crowds by heading to the events during the week and early in the day.