Drop by Sam's House in Merritt Island for Some Great Local Events in December
Sam's House is host to many local events of interest in the Space Coast area, with many events designed to give a taste of local history. December 2012 i s no exception, with many educational events planned.
Explore the events below to learn more about some of the upcoming events planned during December and make plans to get out of the house and spend some time with family or friends. Those residents and visitors to the Space Coast who still have time to enjoy some nature activities in November should also see our Pine Island November Events article.
The following article is provided by Brevard County Parks and Recreation. Be sure to check out the links above and see more of the events planned for our local parks.
Free Family activities offered at Sams House at Pine Island in December
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – The Sams House at Pine Island will offer a variety of free family activities throughout December.
Pioneer Picnic and Nature Crafts – noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1: Bring the family and a picnic lunch while “Sister” and “Sarah” Sams delight you with pioneer tales and old-fashioned nature crafts.
John H. Sams: A Pioneer Story – 3 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8: Get the inside scoop on the heritage and life of Merritt Island pioneer John Sams. Sams was the first Superintendent of Brevard County Schools and built the oldest standing home in Brevard County, the 1875 Sams cabin.
Sounds of the Night Marshmallow Roast – 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15: Discover what animals make the sounds you at hear at night with a special family-friendly slideshow, then listen for those sounds while roasting marshmallows around the campfire.
Pioneer Pathways Hike – 10 – 11:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 21: Learn what life was like for early pioneers and what plants and animals they used in this informative half-mile nature hike.
Family Nature Hike – 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22: Enjoy some family bonding time while exploring the beauty of Pine Island. This short nature hike is good for all ages.
Family Tree Craft – 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27: Using our template and your family pictures, we’ll create a family tree worthy of framing.
Florida History Expedition – 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 28: Perfect for elementary school-aged children and their families. We’ll travel back in time to Florida’s beginnings, sift for Ice Age fossils, practice throwing a spear, and learn about pioneer life.
The Sams House at Pine Island is owned and managed by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. It is located at 6195 North Tropical Trail in Merritt Island, a half-mile west of State Road 3. The Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays. Tours of the cabin and the adjacent 1888 home are offered at 3 p.m. every Thursday. For more information, call (321) 449-4720.