DR. WILDE'S WORLD
Inspire your young naturalist with a visit to Dr. Wilde's World, an air conditioned exhibit hall featuring the environment and wildlife of the tropical Americas. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Miami MetroZoo, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. (305) 251-0400.
FANTASY OF LIGHTS
Get in the holiday spirit with a spectacular drive-through display of holiday lights, animated figures and more. Through Dec. 29. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Trade winds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. Admission is $6 per car Mondays-Thursdays and $9 per car on Fridays-Sundays. Details: (954) 968-3880.
Everything you ever wanted to know about bugs, and then some, in an interactive and entertaining exhibit. Offered daily through Dec. 31. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. South Florida Science Museum and Planetarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. Admission: Adults $6, children $4. Details: (561) 832-1988.
Miami gets into the spirit of things with Downtown's Holiday Village in which the normally tropical Bayfront Park is transformed into a winter wonderland through January. In addition to a 110-foot Christmas tree, there are carollers, a skating rink, rides, an open-air circus and Christmas lights galore. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Mon-Fri, 1 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat, Sun. Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd, Miami. Details: (305) 263-1413.
SANTA'S ENCHANTED FOREST
Santa's Enchanted Forest, a delightful way to get into the holly jolly spirit, with over three million lights adorning the trees of Tropical Park, as well as the requisite carnival-esque rides, imitation holiday village and, of course, a sunglass-sporting Santa. Through January. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St, Miami. Details: (305) 266-8315.
PHOTOS WITH SANTA
Aventura Mall will be visited by none other than Santa Claus himself throughout this month. Have a picture taken with Mr. Cringle Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m. at Santa's House near Bloomingdale's. Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura. A fee will be charged per photo. Details: (305) 935-1110.
The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center hosts a winter camp through Jan. 3. Program offers an Afro-centric perspective to the arts, classes in classical and contemporary art forms and mini end-of-term recital. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Dates exclude Dec. 25, 28, 29 and Jan. 1. Details: (305) 638-6771.
Miami Seaquarium is giving kids added excitement this holiday season. Winter Kid's Fest features a Killer Whale bounce house, a holiday train, special appearances by Miami Seaquarium costume characters Lolita, Flipper, Roc the Croc and Romeo the Manatees, as well as music and games. Through Jan. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. Details: (305) 361-2500.