10 for the Road

You can plan now to attend these weekend events, occurring within a few weeks and within a day's drive of Philadelphia.

1. Children of Hangzhou.

Boston. Through Jan. 4. Hear an interesting perspective from the children of Hangzhou, China, and discover classic and contemporary Chinese practices. 617-426-8855,

» READ MORE: www.bostonkids.org


2. Bright Nights at Forest Park.

Springfield, Mass. Through Jan. 3. Enjoy a trip through Toy Land, Seuss Land and the new Jurassic World - perfect for the whole family. 413-733-3800,

» READ MORE: www.brightnights.org


3. Cranapalooza.

Jan 3. North Conway, N.H. Children's entertainment by the King of Silly, Todd Wellington. Live music by Tony Sarno & Mike Rocheleau, plus night skiing and s'mores for the whole family.

» READ MORE: www.cranmore.com

; 603-356-5544.

4. Dogsled Rides.

Dummer, N.H. Jan. 2-4. Take a 2- to 3-mile "fun" ride or a 30- to 40-mile excursion on a dogsled. Snowshoes and cross-country skis also available. 603-449-2300,

» READ MORE: www.greatnorthernmoose.com


5. Family First Sunday.

Fairfield, Conn.

Jan. 4. Celebrate and honor the tradition of Three Kings Day. Learn about the significance of this holiday and make a special craft to take home with you. 203-259-1598;

» READ MORE: www.fairfieldhs.org


6. Festival of Light.

Hartford, Conn. Through Jan. 6. See more than 250,000 white, energy-saving LED lights illuminate the plaza, marking the 45th anniversary of this holiday tradition. 860-525-8629;

» READ MORE: www.letsgoarts.org


7. Fall 2008 Invitational.

Newport. R.I. Through Jan. 6. Multimedia exhibit features the works of more than 16 local artists, including photography, jewelry, oil paintings, acrylics, quilts and ceramics. 401-848-0550.

» READ MORE: www.cadeauxdumonde.com


8. Emancipation Proclamation Observance.

Jan. 3. Newport News, Va. Reenactments, storytelling, and history lessons to honor the day the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863.

» READ MORE: www.newsomehouse.org

; 757-247-2360.

9. The Snow Won't Stop Us: Mountain Bike Slalom.

Jan 3. North Creek, N.Y. Downhill mountain-bike race in the snow for the fun of participants and spectators.

» READ MORE: www.goremountain.com

; 518-251-2411.

10. Faberge, Tiffany, and Lalique Exhibit.

Cleveland. Through Jan. 18. Experience true luxury with a tour through creations belonging to the rich and famous. 216-707-2261;

» READ MORE: www.clevelandart.org