The holiday season is in full swing and Philly is bursting with celebrations for all. Here are a few of the latest local Kwanzaa events.
Kids can get an interactive view of the holiday courtesy of Queen Nur's song-filled presentations at the Garden State Discovery Museum (2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Friday, Dec. 26 and Sunday, Dec. 28.
For two days at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (701 Arch St.), the cultures and practices of the African Diaspora are honored through candle lighting, discussions and activities. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 28, Mlanjeni Nduma and the Amazing Mr. Q will not only take on the candle-lighting duties but also will outline the Nguzo Saba — "Seven Principles — of Kwanzaa through song, dance and other activities. A dance interpretation of the holiday will be performed, and arts and child-friendly crafts will be provided throughout the day.
The Grace Baptist Church of Germantown (25 W. Johnson St.) opens its doors from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27 for the public to kick up their heels in merriment with music, dancing and refreshments.
Members of the LGBT community will join up to highlight the seven principles of Kwanzaa on Saturday, Dec. 27. The three-hour gathering, starting at 6 p.m. will include drinks, food, spoken word, vocal, dance and drag performances at the William Way LGBT Community Center (1315 Spruce St.).