Dogs are the best.

Oh, we know there are those fans of felines who may disagree, but when was the last time you saw an act such as Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix performed by Whiskers or Tawny? (There's a reason trying to organize the impossible is calling "herding cats," after all).

While we await a deluge of video links to kitties doing all kinds of adorable tricks, let's consider Peers and his troupe.

The Ringling-trained clown has put together a slapstick acrobatic act (with himself as the butt of the jokes) using dogs rescued from shelters. The capable canines include Daphne, the skateboarding basset hound, the ladder-climbing fox terrier Squeaky, and the proper pointer mix Sir Winston, who only responds when politely addressed as "Sir." See them Saturday in Sellersville.

1 p.m. Saturday at the Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. Tickets: $10. Information: 215-257-5808 or www.st94.com.

All aboard!

There's nothing that moment when you get up Christmas morning to see that model train circling the tree. Well, actually, there's nothing like a model train, period.

To celebrate its 115th anniversary, Lionel, the iconic model train maker, presents the first-ever National Lionel Train Day across the country.

At the local site, Nicholas Smith Trains in Broomall, you can see operating model layouts, take part in an in-store raffle for select Lionel products, put in an order for a one-day-only collectible commemorative boxcar, get conductor hats and temporary tattoos, and sign a happy-birthday banner for the venerable firm.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, at Nicholas Smith Trains, 2343 W. Chester Pike, Broomall. Admission is free. Information: 610-353-8585 or www.nicholassmithtrains.com

Festival of lights

What Adam Sandler famously called those "eight crazy nights" of Hanukkah begins with the lighting of the menorah at sunset on Sunday, heralding the arrival of dreidels, latkes, sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), and our favorite, chocolate gelt.

Give the little ones an early start on Sunday afternoon with Hooray for Hanukkah at the Garden State Discovery Museum. The program includes story-telling, a chance to create holiday snacks and make hands-on crafts with Rosie Hymerling, and an interactive performance with Cantor Scott Borsky

1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill. Tickets are $12.95 (includes museum admission). Information: 856-424-1233 or or www.discoverymuseum.com.