Jinglemania All the Way
While the words willy and jinglemania might make some folks uncomfortable, others get a cheap thrill out of it (you know who you are). But add puppetry into the equation and you've got a recipe for fun. The Puppetry Arts Center (1200 S. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach) kicks off one of the first of many holiday shows with "Uncle Willy's Jinglemania." Emmy Award-winner Will Mercier's got his collection of puppets all jazzed up and ready to sing, dance, do magic, and spread some holiday cheer. Jinglemania happens through December 20. And if you're looking for a puppet show with a moral (and aren't we all?), check out The Peacock's Gift, the story of one little peacock who discovers the joys of giving. And we all know how greedy peacocks can be. The Peacock's Gift runs December 11 to 13. Admission is $4 for all shows. Call 561-967-3231 for times. -- Audra Schroeder
Ornaments of Nature
Sure, you can go the traditional route and make festive holiday crafts adorned with glitter, reindeer, elves, and holly. Or you could attend the "Creature Creations Ornament Making Class" at Anne Kolb Nature Center (751 Sheridan St., Hollywood) and do something different. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can make ornaments, decorations, and wrapping paper that features the animals in the nature center's mangrove estuary. Sure, it might not be as fun as skiing, but when you live in South Florida during the holidays, you have to get creative. The class is open to all ages and costs $4 per person. Call 954-926-2480. -- Audra Schroeder
The Graves Outdoors
And now for a decidedly nonholiday event! Tired of shopping and making crafts? Want to get muddy? The Graves Museum of Archaeology and Natural History (481 S. Federal Hwy., Dania Beach) offers a new camp where participants can get involved in real archaeological digs and study exotic wildlife. The Outdoor Adventure Camp gives parents and kids a chance to take a weekend excursion to the Everglades to dig for and study real artifacts such as pottery, tools, and bones; learn about indigenous species and the Paleo Indians who used to inhabit the area; meet animals in the wildlife refuge; and indulge in one of the best parts of the great outdoors -- s'mores! The camp takes place on selected weekends starting today and is free with museum membership. Call 954-925-7770, ext. 202, for registration info. -- Audra Schroeder
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