Special Events

Philadelphia

Alicia Christian: Lifetime Achievement Celebration

Dignity Housing honors Alicia Christian with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Down Town Club, 6th St.; lifetimeachievementcelebration.eventbrite.com. $125. 5/25. 6:30-8:30 pm.

American Sailing Tours Daily, 90-min. Delaware River tours on Chinese junk-rigged schooner. American Sailing Tours - Pier 24, 401 N. Columbus Blvd. www.americansailingtours.com. $35-$45.

Bishop Edgar Shaw Bishop Edgar Shaw, author of 'The Untold Story,' will present the message on Sunday. John Coleman and The Messengers will provide the music. Holy Temple Church, 1702-06 Fairmount Ave. 5/22. 3:30 pm.

Brunch Cruise Cruise down the Delaware while enjoying brunch & live musical performances. Philadelphia Belle, Pier 3 at Penn's Landing; Reservations required: 888-868-7764. $42.90; $21.48 children 4-12; free for children 3 and under. Closes 5/29.

Decorate-a-Cupcake Night Bredenbeck's will provide a delicious chocolate or vanilla cupcakes & all the fixings. Bredenbeck's Bakery and Ice Cream Parlor, 8126 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-7374. Closes 5/27.

Delaware River Day Opportunity to meet some Navy sailors & learn about how the Navy operates. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386 (2FUN). 5/21. 12-6 pm.

Dinner Cruise Enjoy an elegant dinner & beautiful views of the city at night. Philadelphia Belle, Pier 3 at Penn's Landing; Reservations required: 888-868-7764. $74.90; free for children 3 and under. Closes 5/28.

Farm to Table Day Fox Chase Farm hosts a 'Farm to Table' day to help educate the community about their food supply. Fox Chase Farm, 8500 Pine Rd.; 215-728-7900. 5/21. 11 am-4 pm.

Hard Rock's 40th Anniversary Memorabilia Tour The Hard Rock Cafe has chosen the top 40 most iconic pieces of music memorabilia from its collection to showcase. Hard Rock Cafe, 1113-31 Market St. 5/24. 11 am-11 pm.

House Tours 19th-century home of the Rosenbach brothers. Ongoing. Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2008-2010 Delancey Pl.; 215-732-1600. Included in admission.

Israel Independence Day Live music, ethnic food, crafts & more. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386 (2FUN). 5/22. 12-5 pm.

Komen Philadelphia P.I.N. Stripes Event Designed to help young professionals leverage their inner passions to empower life-long careers of achievements. Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, 111 S. 17th St. $25. 5/23. 6 pm.

Lunch Cruise Cruise down the Delaware while learning about Philadelphia's notable historical sites. Philadelphia Belle, Pier 3 at Penn's Landing; Reservations required: 888-868-7764. $42.90; $21.48 children 4-12; free for children 3 and under. Closes 5/25.

Philadelphia on Parade! Parade, five stages of entertainment by over 1,000 performers, & various children's activities. Mann Center for the Performing Arts, N. 52nd St. & Parkside Ave.; Tickets required: http://manncenter.org/events/philadelphia-parade. 5/21. 11 am-6 pm.

Planetarium Programs The Planetarium's new design optimizes the viewing experience. The 2002 renovations included replacement of the original 40,000 pound-plus, perforated stainless steel dome, built in 1933. The new premium seamless dome is lighter and is 60-feet in diameter. Check online for time and show details. Fels Planetarium, 222 N. 20th St. www.naturefind.com. Included in admission.

Public Tours Commissioned by theater magnate Jules Mastbaum in 1926, this building is home to one of the largest Rodin collections in the world. Rodin Museum, Franklin Parkway at 22nd St.; 215-763-8100. Included in admission.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Fashion show, culinary demos, live music, cocktails & more. Rittenhouse Square, 1800 Walnut St.; 215-625-9255. www.rittenhouserow.org. 5/21. 12-5 pm.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Fashion show, culinary demos, live music, cocktails & more. Rittenhouse Row, 18th & Walnut Sts. www.rittenhouserow.org. 5/21. 12-5 pm.

See Philly in a PHLASH Center City's purple trolley stops at 27 major Philly historic attractions & cultural institutions. Center City, Vine St. www.phillyphlash.com. $2.

Sunday Morning Meditation Give your week the boost it needs by kicking it off with a relaxing and energizing meditation. Amitayus Kadampa Buddhist Center, 814 Chestnut St. $10.

The Compassionate Animal Relief Effect: Walk for the Animals Proceeds support the spay/neuter program for strays in Philadelphia. FDR Park, S. Broad St. & Pattison Ave.; Registration required: 215-462-1889. www.compassionateanimalrelief.com. $25. 5/21. 10 am-1 pm.

The Philamazing Race The Philamazing Race is a scavenger hunt that allows participants to explore Philadelphia in a new way. Elephant Castle, 1800 Market St.; may21charityevent.eventbrite.com. $25 advance; $40 day of event. 5/21. 12-4 pm.

With Love Super Adoption Day Hosted by Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia. The Piazza at Schmidt's, N. Second St. 5/22. 12-4 pm.

Pennsylvania suburbs

2011 Unusual Tropics and Annuals Sale

This is a sale for plants that are usually very hard to find. Swarthmore College - Scott Arboretum, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore; 610-328-8025. Included in arboretum admission.. Closes 5/22.

Animal Open House See more than thirty animals at the open house. Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edgehill Rd., Abington. www.briarbush.org. Closes 5/21.

Armed Forces Day Railfest Enjoy a train show. re-enactors, and a display of military equipment. Eugene Klinger Middle School, 1415 Second St. Pike, Southampton. $5; free for children under 12. 5/21. 9 am-4 pm.

Beaver Creek Elementary Spring Festival: Beaver Bash The community & alumni are invited to participate in this annual family fun festival. Beaver Creek Elementary School, 601 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Downingtown; 610-308-5971. $5 advance; $8 day of event. 5/20. 5:30-8:30 pm.

Fellowship Farm Family Fun Day A day full of family activities at Fellowship Farm. Fellowship Farm, 2488 Sanatoga Rd., Pottstown. Donations. 5/22. 1-4 pm.

Heel for Healing Dog Walk 'Heel for Healing' will offer vendors, raffles, and more. Abington Memorial Hospital, 1200 Old York Rd., Abington. $20; $15 in advance. 5/22. 9 am-1 pm.

Lag B'omer Archery demonstration, barbeque dinner, children's activities & more. Gladwyne Park, 921 Young Fords Road, Gladwyne. $10; $5 children. 5/22. 4-7 pm.

Upper Darby Greek Festival Experience Greek cultural traditions, food & entertainment. Rain or shine. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 229 Powell Lane, Upper Darby. Closes 5/22.

New Jersey

Armed Forces Day Veterans Acknowledgement Ceremony

Ceremony honoring the country's veterans. Downtown Cape May, Downtown Cape May, Cape May; 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. 5/21. 11 am.

Atlantic City, Playground of the Nation Displaying artifacts, costumes, posters, photographs, postcards, souvenirs & Miss America memorabilia. Ongoing. Atlantic City Historical Museum, Garden Pier, Atlantic City; 609-347-5839.

Behind the Scenes Tour Tour focusing on how the aquarium runs. Registration required: 732-899-1659. Jenkinson's Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant; Registration required: 732-899-1659. $14; $10 children. Closes 5/21.

Community Health Day Community Health Day is an action-packed, fun-filled event for families. Liberty Lake Day Camp, 1195 Florence Columbus Rd, Bordentown. 5/21. 11 am-4 pm.

Daily Animal Feeding See the aquarium residents being fed. Jenkinson's Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant. Included in admission.

Dawn till Dusk: Farm Life in Moorestown This exhibit takes a close look at farm life in Moorestown. Historical Society of Moorestown at Smith-Cadbury Mansion, 12 High St., Moorestown.

Delaware Bay Lighthouse Adventure Hop on the Spirit of Cape May for a day of lighthouse viewing. Cape May Whale Watcher, 1218 Wilson Dr., Cape May; 800-786-5445. $99.

Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour Guided trolley trip featuring info on the paranormal findings of Craig McManus. Downtown Cape May, Downtown Cape May, Cape May; 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org. $10; $7 children 3-12. Closes 5/28.

Guided Tours Learn about the property's history as you explore the mansion, annex rooms & courtyard gardens. Smithville Mansion, 803 Smithville Rd., Mount Holly. $6.

Guided Tours of the Emlen Physick Estate Check out 15 of the estate's beautifully restored rooms, then visit the Carriage House gallery to see the current exhibit. Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404. $10; $5 children 3-12. Closes 6/2.

Historic District Trolley Tour Tour the historic district by trolley & hear tales about the past. Downtown Cape May, Downtown Cape May, Cape May; 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org. $10; $7 children 3-12. Closes 5/31.

Native Americans of South Jersey: We Are Still Here Exhibit featuring photos of New Jersey's current Native American population & examples of their craftwork. Harrison Township Historical Society & Old Town Hall Museum, 62-64 S. Main St., Mullica Hill. Closes 5/22.

New Jersey Surf Museum Exhibit on the history of surfing in NJ. Pictures of Jersey surfers past & present, surfboards, memorabilia, info on beach conservation & more. Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton; 609-296-8868. Included in admission.

Patriot Pirates - Tales of Plunder & Privateers of Coastal NJ Exhibit based on the Revolutionary War Privateers of the Jersey Shore. Ongoing. Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton; Registration required: 609-296-8868 x100. Included in admission.

Paws to Read Kids can practice reading aloud to a certified therapy dog. Atlantic City Free Public Library, One N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City; 609-345-2269.

Permanent Collection Also known as FunChase, the George F. Boyer Museum holds some of the oldest, memorabilia the area has to offer. Included in the collection is The Whacky Shack and The Golden Nugget recreated by Anthony Canzano, Hunt's Pier sculptures, The Coat of Arms salvaged from the Castle Fire by Larry Lillo and more. George F. Boyer Museum, 3907 Pacific Ave., Wildwood. Included in museum admission..

Renaissance Faire Comedy, tragedy, sword fighting, dance, song, knights, jesters, strolling minstrels, vendors & more. Rain date: 5/22. Historic Smithville Village Greene, Route 9 & Moss Mill Rd., Absecon. 5/21. 10 am-6 pm.

Seaport Irish Festival Irish music & dancing, crafts, food, beer garden, more. Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton; 609-296-8868. $10; free for children 12 and under. 5/22. 10 am-5 pm.

Sports Card & Collectible Show Moorestown Mall, 400 Rt-38, Moorestown. Closes 5/22.

Tea & Tour Tour the home of Smith Machine Company founder Hezekiah Bradley Smith, who purchased the land in 1865. Smithville Mansion, 803 Smithville Rd., Mount Holly; 856-767-3159. $20.

Tours of Lucy the Elephant Lucy is a unique architectural folly that dates back to the Victorian Era. Lucy the Elephant, 9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate City. Included in admission.

Wine and Wildlife Festival 2011 Enjoy wine tasting, fabulous food, auction items, live animals and beer tasting. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd., Medford; (856) 983-3329 Ext. 100. $50. 5/21. 4:30-7:30 pm.

Woodfest Live music taking place along Broad Street, between Hunter & Centre Sts. Also features fun & games for kids. Downtown Woodbury, Main St., Woodbury; 856-845-1300. www.mainstreetwoodbury.org. 5/20. 7-9 pm.

Delaware

Bingo

Mon. Banquet Hall Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown Road, Newark.

Endangered Species Day Live animal program w/information on animal conservation. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington. $2. 5/20. 10 am-1 pm.

Playwrights, Production & Performance: American Theater in the 20th Century Books, scripts, photos, set designs & similar items from the American theater scene. University of Delaware, 114 College Sq, Newark; 302-831-6589. Closes 6/8.

Poetry Slams: Where Artistic Verbal Creations Compete Exhibit on the history of poetry slamming. Includes work by various slam poets. University of Delaware, 114 College Sq, Newark; 302-831-6589. Closes 6/10.

Simple Machines Exhibit on the six key components found in most complicated machinery. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hammock Rd., Dover; 302-739-3277. Donations accepted.

Sports Card & Collectible Show Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown Road, Newark.

Tours of Nemours Mansion Tour the country estate of the late industrialist/philanthropist Alfred I. duPont. Nemours Mansion & Gardens, 1600 Rockland Rd., Wilmington; Reservations recommended. $15.

Kid's Stuff

Children's events

A Snip It of Sewing Workshop

Kids can learn how to machine sew. The Handwork Studio, 35 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth; Registration required: 610-660-9600. $40. Closes 5/29.

Arts Workshop Create a work of art inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall. Atlantic City Free Public Library, One N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City; 609-345-2269. 5/22. 2 pm.

Baby Bounce Stories, songs & movement activities for babies & very young toddlers. Atlantic City Free Public Library, One N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City; 609-345-2269.

Baby Days Babies & caregivers will sing songs, read stories & do finger plays. Registration required. Roslyn Branch Library, 2412 Avondale Ave., Abington. Closes 6/14.

Bouncy Booktime Children's Story Hour Children will enjoy a different story each week. The Lambertville Free Public Library, 6 Lilly St., Lambertville; 609-397-0275. Closes 6/7.

Can-Do Playground Integrated playground where both children with disabilities & enabled children can play together. Alapocas Run State Park and Blue Ball Barn, 1914 West Park Dr., Wilmington. www.candoplayground.org.

Children's Storytime New stories weekly. Barnes & Noble Market Fair, 3535 Rte. 1, Princeton.

Comic Drawing After School Program Youth art program led by Marvel DC Comic Illustrator Joe Del Beato. Atlantic City Free Public Library, One N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City; 609-345-2269.

Common Grounds Community Coffee House Open mic & opportunities to listen or play family-friendly music. Jarrettown United Methodist Church, 1460 Limekiln Pike, Dresher. Donations accepted. Closes 6/17.

Creative Craft Wednesdays Weekly craft program for kids. Supplies provided. Atlantic City Free Public Library, One N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City; 609-345-2269.

Cuentos y Canciones Early education program entirely in Spanish for childen under the age of five. The Lambertville Free Public Library, 6 Lilly St., Lambertville; 609-397-0275. Closes 6/6.

Drawing Together Open sketching time for families. Ongoing; dates vary. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-763-8100. Included in admission. Closes 6/19.

Glory of Stories Children's storytime & craft activity. Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington. $3.

Go-Kart Speedway The heart racing Go-Kart Speedway features an all new fleet of Go-Karts in 2005. Playland's Castaway Cove, 936 Boardwalk, Ocean City; 609-399-9090. $6.

Kid's Club A group run by Becky and Jonathan Moses. Congregation Beth Hamedrosh, 200 Haverford Rd., Wynnewood. Closes 5/21.

Kite Making Workshop Create your own kite with South Jersey Kite Flyer, Mike Dallmer. Glenside Free Library, 215 S. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 5/21. 12 pm.

Milk & Cookies Variety hour for local performers specializing in family entertainment. MilkBoy Coffee, 2 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; 610-645-5269. $5.

Music & Movement at the Zoo Program of music, stories & dancing for kids. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington. Included in admission. Closes 5/29.

Pajama Party Stories, songs, fingerplays & crafts. Registration begins 8/20. Roslyn Branch Library, 2412 Avondale Ave., Abington. Closes 6/13.

Peanut Butter & Jams Welcomes The Cat's Pajamas Group whose dynamic vocals & theatrics carry messages of self-esteem with a hefty dose of humor. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. $11; $8 children 1-12; free for children under 1. 5/21. 11:30 am.

Peanut Butter and Jams Welcomes Ernie & Neal Kid-friendly interactive song & dance show exploring many genres. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington. $10; $7 children 1-12. 5/21. 7:30 pm.

Preschool Rhyme Time Stories, songs, fingerplays & simple crafts. Atlantic City Free Public Library, One N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City; 609-345-2269.

Saturday Morning Pajama Party Kids can wear their PJs to the Shop to receive a free breakfast entree. A paying adult must accompany. The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood.

Story Time Children will hear the story of 'The Grouchy Ladybug' and make a fun craft. Iron Hill Museum, 1355 Old Baltimore Pike, Christiana. $4 child; $1 parent. Closes 5/21.

Story Time at the Zoo Monthly program of animal-themed stories. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington. Included in admission.

Storytime New stories read weekly. Barnes & Noble - Wilmington, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington; 302-487-9677. Closes 5/27.

Stroller Rollers Parents & toddlers can get some fresh air & exercise together. Bellevue State Park, 800 Carr Rd., Wilmington. $3. Closes 5/23.

Tea for Teddy and Me: Children's Tea Party and Tour Tea party and tour at Graeme Park. Graeme Park, 859 County Line Rd., Horsham; Reservations required: 215-343-0965. $10. Closes 5/22.

The Children's Reading Hollow & Discovery Den Children's playspace & reading nook. Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edgehill Rd., Abington. $1.

TowpathTown Interactive exhibit on the lives & skills of the people who lived & worked on the canals. Hugh Moore Historical Park & Museums, 30 Centre Sq., Easton. Included in admission.

Youth Carving Club Decoy carving/painting class for youth. Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton; 609-296-8868.

Youth Lounge Creative workshops & open art studio. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219-1223 Vine St.; 215-557-0455. Donations accepted. Closes 6/11.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

3 Riverside Dr., Camden; 856-365-8733.

. Going Green in the Garden Festival for Schools. $9. 5/20. Agent of Change Journey Detour Junior Girl Scout Workshop. $8. 5/21. 9:30-1:30 pm. $6; $5 ages 3-11; free for children 2 & under. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

The Crayola Factory 30 Centre Square, Easton; 610-515-8000. www.crayola.com/factory/. Crayola Crayon Manufacturing. Crayola Marker Manufacturing. Crayola Chronology. Inside Out. Cool Moves. Crayola After Dark. Easton Press & Bindery. Crayola Color Carousel. Crayola Meltdown.

Delaware Children's Museum 110 S. Poplar St., Wilmington; 302-654-2340. www.delawarechildrensmuseum.org. Stratosphere. The Power of Me. ECOconnect. Bank on It. Training Wheels. Structures. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. www.discoverymuseum.com. Down the Shore. Fleet Backstage Theater. Arts & Imagination. Inky's Newsroom. Best Friends on Main Street. Recycled Rhythm Shack. The Discovery Diner. The Rock Climbing Wall. News & Weather. Hip Hop Dance With Faceless, Inc.. 5/21. 12-2 pm. Open Arms. 5/22. 6-8 pm. $10.95; $9.95 seniors; free for children under 1. May-Sept.: Daily 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Oct.-Apr.: Sun.-Fri. 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Sat. 9:30 am-8:30 pm.

Insectarium 8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500. www.myinsectarium.com. Working Beehive. Cockroach Kitchen. $7; free for children under 2. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Kix & Giggles Children's Playground 9356 Old Bustleton Ave.; 215-677-4140. www.kixandgiggles.com. Kix & Giggles Attractions. $7. Wed.-Fri. 10 am-3 pm; Sat. 10 am-7 pm; Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Please Touch Museum 4231 Avenue of the Republic; 215-581-3181. www.pleasetouchmuseum.org. City Capers. Flight Fantasy. Roadside Attractions. River Adventures. Wonderland. $15; free for children under 1 & members. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm.

Sesame Place 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne; 215-752-7070. www.sesameplace.com. Abby Cadabby's Dance Party. $29; $18 children 2-11. 5/22. 5 pm. $50.95; $45.95 seniors; free for children under 2. Open daily.

Smith The Kids' Play Place in the Park 33rd St.; 215-765-4325. smithkidsplayplace.org. Smith The Kids' Play Place in the Park - Playhouse. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.