Children are invited to join the Continental Army, see what it was like to be a continental soldier, and learn army essentials Saturday at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

First, kids will receive enlistment papers and old-time continental-style cash. They will then learn how to load, fire, and carry a dummy musket just as soldiers did in George Washington's day. Park rangers in full continental uniform will train the young recruits.

Join the Continental Army Junior Ranger Program, 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Visitor Center at Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia. Admission: Must arrive at 10:45 a.m. Free. Information: Bill Troppman at 610-783-1099.

Fancy Nancy and friends

Catch Fancy Nancy and friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel this weekend at Walnut Street Theatre through April 19.

Nancy is excited to rehearse for the mermaid role in her school recital. She is confident she will get the part. However, she is disappointed when she is cast as a tree instead. Can she put some spunk into this boring role?

"Fancy Nancy," 10:30 a.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. through April 19 at Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. Tickets: $14-$16. Information: 215-574-3550 or

Trout Fishing Opening Day

Newlin Grist Mill stocks up its ponds with rainbow trout to kick off Delaware County's trout-fishing season. Newlin Grist Mill features three ponds that are regularly restocked and perfect for the little ones to try their hand at fishing.

If you don't want to keep the fish you've caught, donate them to feed injured birds. Newlin Grist Mill has a partnership with Newark's Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, so any fish on the line can be donated to help the hungry winged ones. The ponds are open every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 31.

Trout Fishing Opening Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at Nathaniel Newlin Grist Mill Park, 219 S. Cheyney Rd., Glen Mills. $5 admission includes poles, line, and hooks. $4 for every fish caught, $1 per bait slice. Information: 610-459-2359 or

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