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Winter Critter Carnival entertains kids, helps animals

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Helen Woodward Animal Center hosted a Winter Critter Carnival on Dec. 19. Children of all ages were entertained with games, contests, interactive puzzles, and even fresh snow! There were artists there to draw humorous caricatures of people and to paint the faces of children.
Santa Claus made a rare appearance and photo ops were available with him, but many children wanted their pictures taken with the horses, sheep and other animals at the shelter. Proceeds from the carnival help to care for animals at Helen Woodward Animal Center.
The Helen Woodward Center also hosted Winter Critter Camps for children in kindergarten through fifth grades and camps with shorter hours for younger kids. The interactive camp gave children the opportunity to have hands on animal encounters, fun activities and crafts. The camps are designed to help children learn how to provide a lifetime of care for animals.