Special Events


History in a Heartbeat

Learn about the families that lived at the President's House Site during the program. Second Bank of the United States/Portrait Gallery, 420 Chestnut St. (Between S. 4th and S. 5th) Closes 12/31.

Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale Fancy Brigade clubs perform. Afternoon show is family-oriented, w/a meet & greet. Evening show is a juried competition. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; 800-298-4200. www.fancybrigade.com. $21. Closes 1/1.

Philadelphia Mummers Parade Thousands of participants parade down Broad Street in colorful costumes. Avenue of the Arts, Broad St. www.phillymummers.com. $0-$19.50. 1/1. 10 am.

Twice the Fireworks, Twice the Fun Fireworks display paired with a synchronized soundtrack. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386 (2FUN). www.visitphilly.com/newyearseve. Closes 12/31.

Pennsylvania suburbs

New Year's Eve Ball Drop

Concert by Philly Gumbo & midnight ball drop. Downtown Media, State St., Media. visitmediapa.com. 12/31. 11 pm.

New Jersey

Guided Tours

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

Twice the Fireworks, Twice the Fun Fireworks display paired with a synchronized soundtrack. Wiggins Waterfront Park, Mickel Blvd., Camden. www.visitphilly.com/newyearseve. Closes 12/31.

Kid's Stuff

Children's events

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream

Rapunzel & friends set off on an adventure in Disney's latest ice show. Closes 1/1. Wells Fargo Center (formerly Wachovia Center), 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-339-7600.

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. $15-$85.

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

Noon Years Eve Party New Year's Eve party for 3-7 year olds with crafts and games. Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Rd., Plymouth Meeting; 610-277-4312. $22 non residents; $18 residents. 12/31. 10:30-12 pm.

Children's performances

Amazing World of Magic 2011

Starring Internationally acclaimed magician Richard Gustagson. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman; Box Office: 856-384-8381. $12-$15. Closes 12/31.

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 for children 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 for children 12 months & under & active duty military families 5/30-9/5. 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. New Years at Noon. 12/31. $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. Centennial Exploration. Liberty Arm & Torch. Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel. ShopRite Supermarket Exhibit. Space Station. Enchanted Colonial Village. 12/30. Countdown to Noon Celebration. 12/31. $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. A Very Furry Christmas. $19.99. 12/30. $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. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.