Special Events


Frisky for the Holidays

Enjoy 90 minutes of this dance masterclass with two instructors. The Arts Parlor, 1170 S. Broad St. $15 advance; $20 day of show. 12/9. 7-9 pm.

Lucia Fest Swedish Christmas tradition features a candlelit, colorful pageant with food and drink. Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church, S. Columbus Blvd. & Christian St.; 215-389-1513. $10; $5 children. Closes 12/11.

Running of the Santas Pub crawl/Santa run to benefit children's cancer charities. Finnigan's Wake, 537 N. Third St.; 215-574-9240. www.runningofthesantas.com. $15-$40 advance; $20-$75 day of event. 12/10. 4 pm.

Santa Is Coming Franklin Mills, 1455 Franklin Mills Circle. Photo package prices. Closes 12/24.

The Heartbeats Winter production to help unify the community, bridging the arts, and promoting elevation in hip-hop. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.; 215-573-3234. www.heartbeatsphilly.eventbrite.com. $12 adult; $8 student & youth. 12/9. 7:30-10:30 pm.

Trail Ambassador Walk: Meanderings in the Wissahickon Share stories as you hike. Wissahickon Valley Park, 300 E. Northwestern Ave.

Pennsylvania suburbs

Phoenixville Firebird Festival

Live music, crafts, children's performances, vendors & the burning of a 24-foot phoenix sculpture. Downtown Phoenixville, Main & Bridge Sts., firebirdfestival.com. 12/10. 3 pm.

React and Adapt Program on animal adaptations. Peace Valley Park, 230 Creek Rd., Doylestown. 12/10. 10-11 am.

The Cute and Creepy The similarities and differences in reptiles. Peace Valley Park, 230 Creek Rd., Doylestown. 12/10. 11 am-noon.

The Narberth Dickens Festival Scavenger hunt, period vendors, street musicians, carolers, dance performances, ice sculpting exhibition, horse & carriage rides & more. Downtown Narberth, Haverford Ave., 12/10. Noon-4 pm.

New Jersey

American Chopper

The fundraising event will benefit special needs programming at Samost JFCS. Katz Jewish Community Center, 1301 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill. $25 advance; $30 day of event. 12/11. 5-8 pm.

Christmas Candlelight House Tour Self-guided, featuring carolers, strolling musicians, architectural gems & vintage decorations. Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; Reservations recommended: 609-884-5404. www.capemaymac.org. $25; $20 children 3-12. Closes 12/17.

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

Toddler Make & Take Stories, crafts & animal information. Jenkinson's Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant; Registration required: 732-899-1659. $18 per child/adult pair; $8 per additional child. 12/13. 9:30-10:30 am.


Annual Spirit of Christmas

A townwide celebration with decorated homes, entertainment & the annual Tree Lighting at Market Square on the Center Green. 220 Delaware St., New Castle.

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. 12/10. 10 am-5 pm.

Cirque Dreams Two-act extravaganza, with circus acrobatics & pyrotechnic wizardry. DuPont Theatre, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington; 1-800-338-0881. www.cirqueproductions.com/cirquedreams.htm. $35-$85. Closes 12/11.

Kid's Stuff

Children's events

Breakfast With Santa

Bucks Club is hosting. Jamison Grill at the Bucks Club, 2600 York Rd., Jamison. $20 adult; $10 child. 12/11. 8:30-1 pm.

Celebrate Fun Boost Camp for Kids Impacted by Cancer Junior League of Philadelphia hosts events for children 6-15 who have a loved one with cancer. Parents are invited to stay. Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly the Wellness Community of Philadelphia), 4100 Chamounix Dr.; Reservations required: 215-879-7733. 12/11. 1-4 pm.

Cookies & Storytime A weekly program for preschoolers that includes an introduction to books, an activity, and snack. Harleysville Books LLC, 674 Main St., Harleysville; 215-256-9311. $2 per child.

Gingerbread House Workshop Workshop/demonstration with Philadelphia pastry chefs. Includes gingerbread house & edible decorations, buffet lunch, visit with Santa & more. Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, 111 S. 17th St.; Reservations required: 215-563-4810. $49 per child; free adults. 12/11. Noon-3 pm.

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

Holiday Drop and Shop! Adults enjoy shopping, while kids are entertained at Jenkinson's Aquarium. Jenkinson's Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant; Registration required: 732-899-1659. $10 per hour for first child; $5 per hour for each additional child. 12/10. 8 am-1 pm.

Let's Make Music This class will offer activities to bring music into your baby or toddler's life. University of the Arts - Gershman Hall (Gershman Y), 401 S. Broad St.; 215-446-3033. $65 per session, $120 for both sessions; $75 for six class card. Closes 12/12.

Parent & Child Book Club Meeting Discussions & activities themed to selected books. Harleysville Books LLC, 674 Main St., Harleysville; 215-256-9311. $5. 12/11. 2-3 pm.

Preschool Playtime Caregivers with newborns through those not yet in kindergarten are invited to this informal playgroup. Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown; 610-446-3082.

Visit with Santa Claus Women's Recovery Center, 25 Beulah Rd., Doylestown. 12/11. 1:30-3 pm.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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

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. $6; $5 ages 3-11; free 2 & under. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

The Crayola Factory 30 Centre Square, Easton; 610-515-8000. www.crayola.com/factory/.

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. $12; free 12 months & under. 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. Storybook Castle. Little Discoveries. Dinosaurium. $10.95; $9.95 seniors; free under 1. 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 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. Centennial Exploration. Liberty Arm & Torch. Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel. ShopRite Supermarket Exhibit. Space Station. $15; free 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. A Very Furry Christmas. $19.99; under 2 free. To 12/31.

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