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.
Start a new family tradition and attend the City of North Miami's 35th Annual WinterNational Thanksgiving Day Parade. 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.
Based on Ludwig Bemelmans' popular book series, "Madeline's Christmas" begins like an ordinary day for the 12 girls in the old house in Paris. Yet soon after, Madeline is the only one out of the 12 little girls in Ms. Clavel's care who hasn't come down with the flu on Christmas day. With everyone but Madeline sick in bed, can she save their holiday cheer? 2 p.m. Actors' Playhouse at Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Ends Dec. 26. Details: (305) 444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.
WALK IT OFF
Planning a trip to the zoo this weekend? Look forward to a special holiday feature this weekend called the Turkey Trail. Upon entering the zoo, you will be given a chart detailing the amount of calories in each item of a typical Thanksgiving meal. Starting at the entrance gate, the zoo will be marked with distance markers so you can keep track of how far you will need to walk to burn off your Thanksgiving dinner. Miami Metrozoo, 12400 SW 152 St., Miami. Details: (305) 251-0400 or www.miamimetrozoo.com.
Illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser read excerpts from one of her latest projects, "Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas," written by Jane O'Connor. In this holiday novel, Nancy can't wait for the sprinkled Christmas cookies and festive decorations the holiday season brings. She even bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money. But when things stray from perfection, Nancy wonders if Christmas will be as splendiferous as she had hoped. 10:30 a.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
The Miami Children's Theater presents the "Annie" musical, the story of a young orphan who escapes from Ms. Hannigan's miserable orphanage for the home of billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Classic songs from the Broadway hit include "Tomorrow" and "Hard Knock Life." 8 p.m. The Miami Children's Theater at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center, 11155 SW 112th Ave., Miami. $14. Ends Dec. 13. Details: (305) 274-3595 or www.miamichildrenstheater.com.