Philadelphia International Children's Festival

A few times older than its intended audience, this multiday celebration of theater arts turns 30 next week. Kids-centric companies come from far and wide to perform puppetry (the Cashore Marionettes' "Simple Gifts," Tall Stories' "The Snail and the Whale," and Lightwire Theater's hi-tech "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Tortoise & the Hare"), mime (Gale LaJoy's "Snowflake") and hip-hop-infused opera ("We Shall Not Be Moved," by Philly's own Hip H'opera Project; one performance only, 10 a.m. May 2).

That's many showings of six shows, spread over five days. Before and after curtains, kids with tix can take part in face-painting, music and more in the outdoor Fun Zone, open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and next Friday, and 10 a.m. next Saturday and next Sunday.

Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., show times vary Wednesday through May 3, $10 & $12 per show (discounts available), 215-898-3900,