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A family affair: Holidays in Hemming

December 16, 2016 // by Stephanie Jackson

On December 17, MOCA Jacksonville participates in the second annual Holidays in Hemming. The family-friendly holiday event runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to the public. The entire day is packed with various activities for families to do, including train rides, a snow zone, and photos with Santa Claus inside of Sweet Pete's candy store. There will also be live music provided by the Cresendo Amelia Big Band, a variety of local food trucks, and winter crafts in the park provided by local businesses, including MOCA Jacksonville! 

Holidays in Hemming

MOCA Jacksonville will be set up in Hemming Park with a snowflake activity for children and adults of all ages. Educators and volunteers will instruct each participant on how to turn an everyday, ordinary coffee filter into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind snowflake! Guests will get the chance to choose to make either a white or multicolored snowflake. The classic white snowflake is a quicker version project, so even if you find yourself in a hurry, you can still participate.

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If you have a little more time to spend with us, you can turn your simple white coffee filter into a striking colorful snowflake using only markers and water. Guests will first color their coffee filter in any manner they wish, then cut it into a snowflake. Next, guests will apply a small amount of water to their snowflake and watch what happens as it dries! Thanks to the thin material of the coffee filter, the resulting snowflake is a beautiful, winter-themed piece of art that looks stunning hanging up in a sun-lit window! It is a quick, easy, and fun way to add a little winter snow to a Florida winter.

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We invite you to make a day of your trip downtown and swing by the museum. During Holidays in Hemming, we are inviting children who make a snowflake with us to get into the museum for FREE (up to three children per family)! Take a test run of the museum and to bring your family up to the fifth floor, where children can play in our Art Explorium Loft. The Loft features more than ten stations to help children of all ages experience art not just by looking at it, but by using their imagination to interact with it.

If you have a membership to MOCA Jacksonville, you can enjoy complimentary parking tomorrow - just stop by the front desk at the museum. Let them know you are visiting both Holidays in Hemming and MOCA Jacksonville, and they will provide you with a voucher. If you are not yet a member but have been considering joining, this is the perfect opportunity to experience the museum. Friendly front desk associates are ready to explain all the benefits that come with membership and to help guests sign up.

Come visit us this Saturday, both in the park and in the museum. We look forward to seeing each of your stunning snowflakes!

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