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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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