Special Events

Philadelphia

Art & Architecture Tour

Focusing on center's architecture & artwork on display. Sat. 10:30 am. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

Black Professionals Got Talent Notable leaders let their hair down and put their talents on display. University of the Arts - Philadelphia Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St.; 1-800-616-2787. $35; $25. 12/10. 7 pm.

Germantown White House Exhibits Interactive exhibits featuring George Washington's family & household. Germantown White House (formerly Deshler-Morris House), 5442 Germantown Ave.

Holidays in Manayunk Tree-lighting ceremony, appearance by Santa & other activities. Manayunk Main Street. 12/7. Noon.

Pennsylvania Coast Day Water-themed activities, face painting, make & take crafts, music & more. Penn's Landing, Spring Garden St. & N. Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386. www.delawareestuary.org. 12/7. Noon-5 pm.

Running of the Santas Pub crawl/Santa run to benefit children's cancer charities. Electric Factory, 421 7th St. www.runningofthesantas.com. $15. 12/7. 11 am.

Pennsylvania suburbs

Annual Model Railroad Open House

Interactive train installations, Thomas the Tank Engine, scavenger hunt & more. Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club, 400 S. Main St., Phoenixville; 610-935-1126.

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. Donations accepted.

Annual Olde Towne Community Tree Lighting Country's oldest, featuring live music & a visit from Santa. Perkasie Olde Towne, Main St. perkasieoldetowne.org. 12/7. 5-8 pm.

Christmas Festival Parade, entertainment & refreshments. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000. Closes 12/8.

Christmastime in Keswick Village Easton Rd., Glenside. 12/6. 6-9 pm.

Exhibitions in the Community: Susan Wallack Solo Art Show by Susan Wallack. Ringpfeil Advanced Dermatology, 569 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford.

First Friday Art Stroll Visits with artists, refreshments, browsing & dining. Historic Kennett Square, 106 W. State St. Closes 12/6.

Malvern's Victorian Christmas Tree lighting, musical performances, street performers, children's shows, horse & carriage rides & more. Downtown Malvern, 1. E. First Ave. www.malvernsvictorianchristmas.org. Closes 12/7.

Ottsville Holiday Festival Shopping opportunity featuring handcrafted items. Linden Hill Gardens, 8230 Easton Rd, Ottsville. Closes 12/8.

Owl Prowl Look & Listen For Owls of the Farm Park. Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown; 610-270-0215. 12/7. 3 pm.

The Narberth Dickens Festival Scavenger hunt, period vendors, street musicians, carolers, dance performances, ice sculpting exhibition, horse & carriage rides & more. Downtown Narberth, Haverford Ave. 12/8. Noon-4 pm.

New Jersey

Cherry Valley Model Railroad Club Open House

Model display. Grace Episcopal Church, 7 E. Maple Ave., Pennsauken.

Christmas Candlelight House Tour Self-guided tour features carolers, strolling musicians, architectural gems & vintage decorations. Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404. www.capemaymac.org. $25; $20 children 3-12. Closes 12/28.

Christmas Parade Floats, bands & costumed characters. Asbury Avenue, Ocean City. 12/6. 6:30 pm.

Hospitality Night and Frost Bite Car Cruise Holiday sales & a car show. Historic Smithville Village Greene, Route 9 & Moss Mill Rd., Absecon. 12/7. 6-8 pm.

I-Spy: A History of Espionage Since World War II Five-week college course covering major events in espionage in the last 80 years. Camden County College, College Dr., Blackwood. $25. Closes 12/9.

The Civil War: Echoes of New Jersey's Finest Soldier artifacts from the Civil War. Gloucester County Historical Society Museum, 58 N. Broad St., Woodbury; 856-848-8531. Included in admission.

Kids' Stuff

Children's events

Breakfast With Santa

Photos, holiday-themed crafts & activities. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington; registration required:

. $25; $20 members. 12/7. 8-10 am.

Glory of Stories Children's storytime & craft activity. Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington. $3. Closes 12/27.

Holiday Open House Live music, decor, exhibit viewing & children's activities. John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, 1201 Pawlings Rd., Norristown; 610-666-5593. 12/8. 1-4 pm.

Karen Thompson: Crocheting With Lucy Loop Thompson reads from her book & demonstrates crocheting techniques. Color Book Gallery, 6353 Germantown Ave. 12/7. 1 pm.

Magical Talking Tree Historic Smithville Village Greene, Route 9 & Moss Mill Rd., Absecon. Closes 12/29.

Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band Foursome who teach kids about music appreciation while introducing subjects like melody, rhythm & tempo. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden; 877-598-8696. www.nickjr.com/the-fresh-beat-band. $39.50-$59.50. 12/6. 6:30 pm.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus Mrs. Claus reads stories to children in her Christmas Cottage. Historic Smithville Village Greene, Route 9 & Moss Mill Rd., Absecon. Closes 12/29.

Story Time With Mrs. Claus Congress Hall, 251 Beach Ave., Cape May. Closes 12/21.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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

. $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. The Wizard of Oz Children's Educational Exhibition. 12/6. $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. Dinosaurium. 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. $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 2. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Kix & Giggles Children's Playground 9356 Old Bustleton Ave.; 215-677-4140. www.kixandgiggles.com. $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. Rainforest Rhythm. Space Station. City Capers. Flight Fantasy. Roadside Attractions. River Adventures. Wonderland. Centennial Exploration. Liberty Arm & Torch. Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel. ShopRite Supermarket Exhibit. $16; free members, children under 1. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm.

Sesame Place 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne; 215-752-7070. www.sesameplace.com. $50.95; $45.95 seniors; free under 2.

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