Hey! It's Mr. A!
Mr. A gets around. For the past 25 years, he's been peddling something to the kids of South Florida: magic. Mr. A is a four-time Florida state magic champion (yes, Florida has magic championships) and also owns a magic shop in West Palm Beach called -- you guessed it -- Mr. A's Magic Shop. And he's bringing his skills to the Puppetry Arts Center (1200 S. Congress Ave., No. 36, West Palm Beach) to ham -- or shall we say "turkey" -- it up. "Mr. A's Thanksgiving Magic" presents a variety of magic tricks that don't involve a rabbit and a top hat. He's also a skilled ventriloquist, so kids can expect a show that's part magic show and part puppetry performance. The shows run at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and all ages are welcome. Call 561-967-3231. -- Audra Schroeder
All About the Holidays
Christmas is still a month away, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a holiday show. South Florida Parenting magazine presents its ninth-annual "Holiday Show" at the Broward Convention Center (1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). During the festivities, kids can ice-skate, rock-climb, bungee-jump, drive motorized cars, skateboard, ride ponies, or go on a treasure hunt. Santa makes an appearance, and attendees can also check out the giant dreidel house for Hanukkah. The holiday show goes on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 954-747-3056. -- Audra Schroeder
Of muppets and marionettes
The Cornell Museum of Art and History (Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach) recognizes the long tradition of puppetry with "A World of Puppets: Art and Imagination," which runs at the museum from November 20 through January 11. The exhibit includes nine-foot puppets of Alice in Wonderland characters from Bits 'N Pieces Giant Puppet Theatre in Dover, Florida; puppets from the previously mentioned folks at the Puppetry Center; and even puppets who achieved the height of fame from Fraggle Rock and other puppet-pandering programs. The exhibit, along with ice shows, a carousel, and many other sights and events, is part of Old School Square's holiday season. Call 561-243-7922. -- Dan Sweeney
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