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.
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 of the 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.
Santa and his elves will be on hand at the North Pole Miami style at the West End Winter Wonderland event, held by the City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department. Instead of snow, bubbles will fill the park. Activities include holiday arts and crafts, bounce houses, family games like tug-of-war and relay races and pictures with Santa himself. 6-9 p.m. West End Park, 250 SW 60 Ave., Miami. $4. Details: (305) 264-0341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The animals that call Miami Metrozoo home will be in for a special treat this holiday season and so will onlookers as the zoo's star residents receive their Christmas gifts. This weekend the black rhinos will received pine trees decorated with their favorite food items at 11:30 a.m. and the pygmy hippos will get red and green ice treats at 1:30 p.m., among other feedings continuing throughout the month. Miami Metrozoo, 12400 SW 152 St., Richmond Heights. Details: www.miamimetrozoo.com.
JUST LIKE SUMMER
Keep the kids occupied and out of trouble during winter break at various camps organized by Miami-Dade Parks. Offerings include a general-program camp packed with fitness activities, arts & crafts and games and specialized camps like an EcoAdventures nature camp, a performing arts camp, programs for children with disabilities and a camp at Deering Estate where participants will learn about early South Florida history, archeology and nature. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Early drop-off at 7:30 a.m. and late pick-up at 6 p.m. is available. Camps run through Dec. 31 and are closed on Dec. 25 for Christmas. Details: Miami-Dade County's information hotline 311 or www.miamidade.gov/parks.
The Playground Theatre holds two winter-break mini camps, allowing children to express their creative side through improvisation, dance and music activities. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Playground Theatre, 9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores. $120 per session. First camp runs from Dec. 21-Dec. 23. The second runs from Dec. 28-30. Details: (305) 751-9550 ext. 233 or email@example.com or www.theplaygroundtheatre.com.
JR. ROCKET SCIENCE
Miami Science Museum holds a winter camp for young scientists, during which children will get to see and touch real fossils, build and launch your own rocket and perform electrifying experiments. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Miami Science Museum, 3280 South Miami Ave. Ends Dec. 24. Each day is $50 for members and $55 for nonmembers. All four days is $175 for members and $200 for nonmembers. Details: (305) 646-4264 or www.miamisci.org.
Santa Claus will be vacationing in Coral Gables this week, putting on his best smile for a close up with your children. Pictures with Santa will be available in Coral Gables through Wednesday (12/23). 5-10 p.m. Coral Gables City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. Additional times and dates vary. $6 for a color photo with a framed postcard. Details: (305) 460-5600 or www.coralgables.com.