December 28, 2015

Holiday events for the family in Naples! December 28-January 3

Holiday season is in full swing and here in Naples, Florida and we have tons of events for the whole family to enjoy! Every week, we will be posting some events that the Hilton Naples team members think you should not miss out on this season. Here is our final list of recommendations for the week of December 28-January 3.

December 31
  • Rookery Bay for Movie Mania! 
    • From 10am-1pm 
    • Watch family-friendly nature films picked by Rookery Bay staff and researchers.
    • Admission to this is included in the ticket price  
  • Naples Pier New Year's Eve Fireworks
    • Begins at 7:30pm
    • Bring blankets and chairs
    • While the admission is free, remember to pay the parking meters!

    January 2
    • New Year's Art Fair at 5th Avenue South. 
      • January 2 and January 3 from 10am-5pm. 
      • This event will have 230 professional artists from around the country showing off their work. 

    From everyone at the Hilton Naples, we hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday!




    December 21, 2015

    Holiday events for the family in Naples! December 21-December 27

    Holiday season is in full swing and here in Naples, Florida and we have tons of events for the whole family to enjoy! Every week, we will be posting some events that the Hilton Naples team members think you should not miss out on this season. Here is our recommendations for the week of December 21-December 27.

    December 22
    • Night Lights in the Garden. 
      •  Naples Botanical Garden from 6pm-9pm 
      • the whole garden is lit up by thousands of twinkling lights with live music and family activities. 
      • Go to Naples Botanical Garden's website for more information.



    December 23 
    • Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center Craft Day! 
      • 10am-1pm 
      • Make wildlife crafts like marine mammal puppets, fish prints, and cabbage palm reindeer! 
      • Crafts are geared toward 6-12 year olds.


    December 24
    • Christmas Eve at the Village. 
      • 2pm-5pm at the Village on Venetian Bay
      •  Children can take pictures with Santa complimentary, have story time with Mrs. Claus, and there is a magical snow show at 3pm. 


    Wondering what is happening next week? Check back next Monday at 8:30am to see the next blog of  recommended holiday family events!

    December 19, 2015

    C'MON Down to the C'MON Children's Museum!

    The C'MON (Children's Museum of Naples) children’s museum breaks down all the barriers when it comes to a museum by letting your child interact with others and their surrounding and by letting their imagination run wild while learning without them noticing. 
    At this museum, they have 17 exhibits that your child can interact with which will give them a fun-filled day by learning. Some exhibits they can interact with include 
    • The Everglades
    • Running a grocery store
    • Becoming a vet
    • Taking part in being a construction worker. 
    They also have a toddler area for children from the ages 1-3, so they can even get into the fun.

    While some exhibits may be geared toward younger children, “Curious Kids” is for children from the age of 8-14 years of age. This is a one-of-a-kind learning center for kids that will help them explore, experiment, write, create, design, or build from four to five different activities that the children can choose from. Parents are excluded from this area, so your older children can be challenged while you are at the other part of the museum.

    With C'Mon being under 15 minutes away from the Hilton Naples, daily activities, gift shop, and a cafĂ© that you and your children can enjoy a snack or a full meal in, this is a place that you all can spend a day at and have many memories to bring back home. 

    December 14, 2015

    Holiday events for the family in Naples! December 14-December 20

    Holiday season is in full swing and here in Naples, Florida and we have tons of events for the whole family to enjoy! Every week, we will be posting some events that the Hilton Naples team members think you should not miss out on this season. Here is our recommendations for the week of December 14-December 20.

    December 15 

    • Movies on the Lawn at Mercato
      • The movie will begin at dusk
      • The movie Minions will be shown 
      • Bring blankets and chairs, but no coolers or outside food is allowed
    • Village of Venetian Boat Parade
      • Event begins at 5pm and boat parade at 6:30pm
      • Watch boats decorated in lights, live entertainment, and an appearance by Santa.
      • Being only six minutes away from the Hilton Naples, this would be a great event for the whole family to attend.
    December 19
    • Reindeer Run 5K which is taking place at 
      • Begins at 8am at the Community School of Naples
      • Come dressed up in holiday wear is recommended for this family friendly 5K
      • On-site registration is available
    • Santa in Wonkaland
      • 11am-1pm at Mercato
      • Get your own signed copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from the Dahl Family themselves!
      • DJ, balloon artist, face painting, pictures with family, and food is also available
    December 19 and 20
    • Santa Claus meet and greet
      • Waterside Shops from 12pm-4pm each day
      • Get their picture taken with Santa and each child will then receive a special present from him.
    • Winter Fest at the Naples Zoo
      • Naples Zoo beginning at 9am
      • Watch the animals open and dig their way into presents and other holiday-related decadents.
      • Santa will also be at the zoo at various times to take pictures with children.
      • Contact the Naples Zoo for more information

    Wondering what is happening next week? Check back next Monday at 8:30am to see the next blog of  recommended holiday family events!

    December 7, 2015

    Holiday Events for the family in Naples! December 7-December 13

    Holiday season is in full swing and here in Naples, Florida we have tons of events for the whole family to enjoy! Every week, we will be posting some events that the Hilton Naples team members think you should not miss out on this season. Here is our recommendations for the week of December 7-December 13.

    December 7th 

    • Hanukkah Celebration and Menorah Lighting.
      • Located at the Mercato from 5:45pm-7pm 
      • Celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with candle lighting, live performances, food, and more! 
      • This event is presented by the Jewish Federation of Collier County. 
    December 8

    • Toddler Tuesday 
      • Located at the Naples Zoo beginning at 10am. 
      • Focused for children from the ages of 3-5
      • There will be interactive play stations, animal stories, crafts, and other activities 
      • Go on the Naples Zoo's website for the theme for that week and registration information. 
    • Naples Christmas Parade
      • The parade proceeds along Fifth Avenue South from 6pm-8pm
      • Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays while watching amazing floats built by Naples residents!
    December 12


    • Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade
      • The parade will proceed along Naples Bay from 6pm-9pm
      • The parade can be viewed from a various restaurants in the area
      • Go to miacc.org for more information

    Wondering what is happening next week? Check back next Monday at 8:30am to see the next blog of  recommended holiday family events!

    December 5, 2015

    Spring Training is Around the Corner!


    Locally in Fort Myers and 40 minutes away from the Hilton Naples stands JetBlue Park which is home to the Boston Red Sox spring training. 2016 will mark their fifth season in Lee County.  
    Spring training tickets go on sale today, December 5. The box office opens at 10am or you can also order tickets online at www.redsox.com/tickets

    Some of their future games include going against the:

    • New York Mets
    • New York Yankees 
    • Philadelphia Phillies 
    • Miami Marlins
    • And More!

    December 2, 2015

    Wondering about W.O.N.D.E.R. in the Gardens


    W.O.N.D.E.R. stands for walk, observe, navigate, draw, explore, and read. Those are some of the things that you and your child will participate when you go to visit. Every month there is a new theme that will have activities related to that. 

    Some future themes include:

    • Trees in December
    • Pollinators in January
    • Nature Connects in February 
    • Flowers in March. 
    Each time you and your child go there, they will be able to participate hands-on and even be able to bring some of their projects home with them. All W.O.N.D.E.R. programs are included with regular Garden admission.

    Something excited coming up in January at the Botanical Garden is nature connects with LEGO Bricks! 
    This event runs from January 15-April 10, 2016 from 9am-5pm daily. 
    There are going to be one-of-a-kind creations that are built with thousands of LEGO bricks! 

    The Botanical Garden is only 20 minutes away from the Hilton NaplesWith seven gardens and a welcome center, this is a place that you can spend most of your day at. Make sure to make a trip with your family here.