Train and Toy Show
At Greenberg's Train and Toy Show, which calls itself the world's largest traveling train and toy exhibition, families can see and learn about train layouts, gauges, and scales. How-to demonstrations and clinics are scheduled, including seminars on how to start a layout, developing scenery, and maintenance. Model and toy train experts will be at the Expo to explain exhibits. Scenery supplies, hobby tools, and how-to videos and publications will be for sale. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, 100 Station Ave. Admission is $7 for tickets good for both days; free for children ages 11 and younger. Information: 630-279-4087;
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Throne of ice
Join the Manayunk community for an ice carving and meet-Santa event. Santa's ice throne will be carved by master ice sculptor Peter Slavin - a preview of the frozen artistry that will be on display during the "Manayunk on Ice" winter festival Feb. 11 to 13. The ice throne carving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children will be able to meet Santa atop his throne of ice from 1 to 3 p.m. This free event will be held at Canal View Park at Conarroe and Main Streets in Manayunk. Information: 215-482-9565;
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A Dickens Christmas
Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great-grandson of author Charles Dickens, will perform his one-man show of
A Christmas Carol
on Saturday and Sunday at the Byers' Choice workshop, 4355 County Line Rd. in Chalfont. Dickens will play all 26 characters in the 75-minute show, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at
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or by calling 215-822-6700. Seats are limited and should be reserved early.
Army-Navy pep rally
Get into the game-day spirit by joining an Army-Navy pep rally at the National Constitution Center. Participate in family arts and crafts and games, and learn about the history of the rivalry. In a military protocol workshop, children can learn about military life, salutes, how to wear the uniform, and how to address an officer. The rally will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, with the game shown live at 2:30 p.m. on television screens throughout the center on Independence Mall, Fifth and Arch Streets. The celebration is free with admission, which also gives visitors access to the "Art of the American Soldier" exhibition. The celebration will continue on Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m., with free admission to the center, courtesy of Bank of America. Tickets Saturday: $12, $11 for seniors, $8 for children 4 to 12. Veterans and military families will receive $2 off admission. Active military personnel and children 3 and under will be admitted free. Information: 215-409-6600;
» READ MORE: www.constitutioncenter.org
'The Great Divorce'
Lantern Theater Company presents a three-week event, Between Heaven and Hell: The Anthony Lawton Festival. The Lantern will stage three solo plays by the Philadelphia-based actor and playwright, starting with Lawton's adaptation of C.S. Lewis'
The Great Divorce.
The play tells the satirical story of Professor Clive and the rowdy gang of malcontents who join him on a curious bus ride. Other plays include Lawton's adaptation of Shel Silverstein's
The Devil and Billy Markham,
and Lawton's autobiographical play
exploring the line between faith and superstition.
The Great Divorce
goes on at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $35; $10 student rush tickets are available 10 minutes before curtain with valid ID. Information: 215-829-0395;
» READ MORE: www.lanterntheater.org