Calendar Of Events Children
Written by Miami Today on December 19, 2002
Coral Gables’ New Theatre hosts a toy drive in conjunction with their holiday productions "Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol". Toys will be donated to the children under the care of Family Services, many of whom are orphaned. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for children ages 3-15. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on performance days through Dec. 21. 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 15 and 22. Details: (305) 443-5909.
DR. WILDE’S WORLD
Inspire your young naturalist with a visit to Dr. Wilde’s World, an air conditioned exhibit hall featuring the environment and wildlife of the tropical Americas. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Miami Metro Zoo, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. (305) 251-0400.
FANTASY OF LIGHTS
Get in the holiday spirit with a spectacular drive-through display of holiday lights, animated figures and more. Through Dec. 29. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Trade winds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. Admission is $6 per car Mondays-Thursdays and $9 per car on Fridays-Sundays. Details: (954) 968-3880.
Everything you ever wanted to know about bugs, and then some, in an interactive and entertaining exhibit. Offered daily through Dec. 31. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. South Florida Science Museum and Planetarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. Admission: Adults $6, children $4. Details: (561) 832-1988.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A charming presentation of the Charles Dickens tales that captures the spirit of Christmas, presented by Living Arts for Students. 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. Details: (954) 761-5380.
Miami gets into the spirit of things with Downtown’s Holiday Village in which the normally tropical Bayfront Park is transformed into a winter wonderland through January. In addition to a 110-foot Christmas tree, there are carollers, a skating rink, rides, an open-air circus and Christmas lights galore. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Mon-Fri, 1 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat, Sun. Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd, Miami. Details: (305) 263-1413.
SANTA’S ENCHANTED FOREST
Santa’s Enchanted Forest, a delightful way to get into the holly jolly spirit, with over three million lights adorning the trees of Tropical Park, as well as the requisite carnival-esque rides, imitation holiday village and, of course, a sunglass-sporting Santa. Through January. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St, Miami. Details: (305) 266-8315.
PHOTOS WITH SANTA
Aventura Mall will be visited by none other than Santa Claus himself throughout the month of December. Have a picture taken with Mr. Cringle Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m. at Santa’s House near Bloomingdale’s. Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura. A fee will be charged per photo. Details: (305) 935-1110.
"Scrumpy’s Winter Land", Christmas special playing at the Gusman Center. Dec. 20, 7 p.m.; Dec. 21, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 835-0321.
St. Petersburg Russian Ice Ballet hosts Ice show, part of the International Artists Series at 8 p.m. at the Jackie Gleason Theater for the Performing Arts, 1901 Conventions Center Drive, Miami Beach. Cost: $30 – $65. Details: (305) 673-7311.
The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center hosts a winter camp through Jan. 3. Program offers an Afro-centric perspective to the arts, classes in classical and contemporary art forms and mini end-of-term recital. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Dates exclude Dec. 25, 28, 29 and Jan. 1. Details: (305) 638-6771.