AT THE MALL
Dolphin Mall's Magical Snowfall will take place 7 and 9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Jan. 4 at Ramblas Outdoor Plaza. Magical wands will be distributed every night to children younger than 12 who will wave the wands in the air and create the magic that makes it snow. Youngsters can pick up their wands one hour before each show.
Children are invited to host their favorite teddy bear friends for an afternoon of holiday cookies and tea sandwiches 11:30 a.m. at Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Saturdays and Sundays this month. Children may also visit the Teddy Bear Tree, adorned with plush teddy bears available for purchase and delivered to tots in need at Miami Children's Hospital. $28 adults, $15 children, excluding tax and gratuity. Details: (305) 365-4286.
"Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats," through March 21. 10 a.m.-4:40 p.m. daily. Included with regular zoo admission: $12 adults, $7 children (3-12). Children 2 and under, and members free. $1 discount for senior 65 and older and military personnel. 12400 SW 152nd St. Details: (305) 251-0400.
What better away to avoid social disasters involving children and holiday parties than to give them a crash course in manners, just in time for New Year's Eve? "Elbows off the table" and "napkins in your lap," are just a couple of the etiquette tips children ages 6-12 will learn in Mimi's Manners etiquette class and dinner at Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne. Etiquette expert Suzanne Willis will teach children the basics in social party graces, including dining etiquette, introductions, handshakes and the art of writing thank-you notes as they maneuver through a four-course meal created by Executive Chef Jeffrey Vigilla. The menu includes vegetable consomm», chicken and mushroom terrine, petit filet mignon with potato pure» and English peas, chocolate mousse cake with raspberry coulis and other gourmet treats. 5-7 p.m. The Wine Room at Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Drive. $48 per child includes a four-course meal, Mimi's Manners workbook, a printed menu, certificate of completion and all taxes and gratuities. Details: (305) 365-4286.