Calendar Of Events Children
Written by Miami Today on November 19, 2009
Santa Claus will be on hand as the Village of Merrick Park shopping complex lights its 50-foot Christmas tree for the first time this holiday season. Festivities include a musical performance by the Coral Gables Senior High School choir, children’s activities and an appearance by Santa Claus himself. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. The tree will be lit at 7:30 p.m. Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 529-0200 or www.villageofmerrickpark.com.
SAVING THE CITY
The Playground Theatre hosts a production of the Sumerian legend "Inanna and the Huluppu Tree." The 4,000-year-old story tells of celebrating the victory of the young goddess, Inanna, who restores harmony to an ancient city ravaged by endless storms and angry gods. Ends Dec. 20. Playground Theatre, 9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores. $15. Details: www.theplaygroundtheatre.com.
In celebration of recently being named a "Playful City USA" community, the City of Coral Gables invites children to come visit for a group water-balloon toss, bounce house and more. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Drive, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 460-5600.
A TURKEY-DAY TALE
Laurie Friedman reads "Thanksgiving Rules," her full-color illustrated book in which a young boy explains his rules for getting the most out of Thanksgiving. Attendees can also take part in a pre-holiday craft party. 11 a.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Orchestra Miami puts on a free Thanksgiving-themed concert for the whole family. In "Tough Turkey in the Big City: A Feathered Tale," wide-eyed Tom Turkey ventures to New York City upon hearing Farmer Brown say the big city is "for the birds," embarking on a series of adventures that land him in a big parade. 4 p.m. Miami Beach Community Church, 1630 Drexel Ave., Miami Beach. Two other performances will be held over the weekend in Coconut Grove and Aventura. Details: (305) 274-2103 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.orchestramiami.org.
So what if it’s not December? Start celebrating early with your family as the national PJ Library program brings children’s stories and Hanukkah crafts to Books & Books. 10:30 a.m. 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Start a new family tradition by attending the City of North Miami’s 35th Annual WinterNational Thanksgiving Day Parade. A mixture of professional and community groups will be marching along the parade route. Starts at 10 a.m. and runs eastbound along NE 125 St. from NE 4th-12th Ave. in North Miami Beach. Details: (305) 895-9840 or www.northmiamifl.gov/parks.