Special Events

Philadelphia

Arbor Day Celebration

University of Pennsylvania - Morris Arboretum, 100 Northwestern Ave.; 215-247-5777.

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. $10; $8 seniors; $5 students, children 3-18; free for children under 3. 4/29 1-3 pm.

Art Buggy Derby Race featuring artistically-designed buggies crafted from everyday items. Washington Square Park, 7th St.; 215-683-3600. www.phila.gov/recreation. $20 per team. 4/29 1 pm.

*FREE* Native Plant Sale Annual native plant sale includes workshops, vendors, refreshments, raffles & children's activities. The Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy's Mill Rd.; 215-482-7300. www.schuylkillcenter.org. 4/28 8:30 am-4 pm, 4/29 8:30 am-2 pm.

Philadelphia Open House Tour: Overbrook School for the Blind Tours of the school's grand buildings, grounds & museum. Refreshments included. Overbrook School for the Blind, 6333 Malvern Ave.; 215-877-0313. www.obs.org. $30 advance; $35 day of event. 4/29 1-5 pm.

Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus: 137th Edition Wachovia Spectrum, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-336-3600. www.comcast-spectacor.com. $12-$73. 4/27 11 am & 7 pm. 4/28 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm. 4/29 1 & 5 pm.

*FREE* Up North Parade Fun community event that's a collaboration between Spiral Q & various city organizations. Centro Nueva Creacion, 162 W. Tioga St.; 215-426-3459. www.centronueva.org. 4/27 3 pm.

Valborgsmassoafton Celebrate Walpurgis Night singing around a bonfire. American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave.; 215-389-1776. www.americanswedish.org. 4/30 7 pm.

Pennsylvania suburbs

2nd Annual Community Day

Inflatable rides, games, arts & crafts, local vendors, mini sign language classes, magic show & more. The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 100 W. School House Ln., Germantown; 215-754-4778.

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. $3 all-day ticket for rides/crafts; carnival foods available for purchase. 4/28 11 am-4 pm.

Annual Ardmore Library Kitchen Tour: Recipe for Renovation Self-guided tour includes 8 kitchens in Ardmore, Penn Valley, Wynnewood & Haverford. Refreshments & Q&A session to follow. Reservations required. Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore; 610-642-5187. $25, $45 for two advance; $30, $50 for two day of event. 4/29 1-4 pm.

Be Good 2 You Expo: Moms Creating Balanced Lives A day of fun for the whole family to play, learn, shop & explore. Lu Lu Shrine Center, 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting; 610-828-9050. www.lulushriners.org. $5 advance, $7 day of show; $2 children 12 & under. 4/28 9 am-2 pm.

*FREE* BMW Ultimate Drive Test drive a BMW to support Susan B. Komen for the Cure. BMW of the Main Line, 225 Bala Ave., Bala Cynwyd; 610-668-2200. www.bmwmainline.com. 4/29 10 am-6 pm.

Carried Away at Cairnwood Queen Victoria's birthday celebration with carriage rides, refreshments, display of antique carriages, tour of Garden House & more. Cairnwood Mansion, 1005 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn; 215-947-2004. www.cairnwood.org. Free; $5 carriage rides; $5 parking. 4/29 1-4 pm.

*FREE* Delaware County 4-H Spring Fair & Open House Fun activities for the whole family including hayrides, pony rides, seeing-eye puppy demonstration, bake sale items & more. 4-H Farm & Educational Center, 395 Bishop Hollow Rd., Newtown Square; 610-690-2655. 4/28 10 am-2 pm.

Got Dairy? Workshop Learn how butter was made in colonial days, try out the butter churn & look into a "colonial refrigerator" to see how foods were kept cool year round. Morgan Log House, 850 Weikel Rd., Towamencin; 215-368-2480. www.morganloghouse.org. Included in admission. 4/28-4/29 noon-4 pm.

International Family Fun Festival Entertainers, live & silent auctions, door prizes, cuisine, arts & crafts & much more. Montessori Children's House, 220 Uplnad Ave., Horsham; 215-643-4142. www.mch2learn.org.. $5-$8 for performers; tickets for other events. 4/28 11 am-2 pm.

Majestic Midways Carnival Broomall Fire Company sponsors this carnival event featuring rides, games, face painting & more. CHI Institute, 1991 Sproul Rd. Ste. 42, Broomall; 610-353-7630. www.chitraining.com. 4/27 6-11 pm. 4/28 3-11 pm. 4/29 noon-6 pm.

New Jersey

A.J. Meerwald Visits Burlington

Restored oyster schooner featuring onboard open house, public & educational sails, Oysters Overboard. Tickets & information: 856-785-2060 x100. Riverfront Promenade, High St., Burlington; 609-386-0200.

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. Free for open house; ticket prices vary for other events. 4/27-4/29.

Earth & Arbor Day Celebration Planting activities, entertainment & area green organizations will celebrate the earth. Camden Children's Garden, 3 Riverside Dr., Camden; 856-365-8733. www.camdenchildrensgarden.org. Included in admission. 4/28 11 am-4 pm.

*FREE* Shadfest Craft displays, shad hauling demonstrations, children's activities, live music & more. Downtown Lambertville, Bridge St., Lambertville; 609-397-0055. www.lambertville.org. 4/28-4/29 12:30-5:30 pm.

Taste of Toll Gate Kitchen Tour Tour showcase kitchens, sample food from local restaurants & caterers, silent auction. 609-647-0829, acbanc@comcast.net. Toll Gate Grammar School, 275 S. Main St., Pennington; 609-737-4000. www.hvrsd.k12.nj.us. $15; $12 advance. 4/29 noon-4 pm.

Delaware

Warwick County Park Outdoor Fest

Kid's fishing, Jack Hubley's Wild Neighbors, geocaching, hiking, cycling, & kid's nature activities. Warwick County Park, 382 County Park Rd., Pottstown; 610-469-1916.

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. $5 parking fee. 4/28 10 am-4 pm.

Kids' Stuff

Children's performances

Makin' Music Rockin' Rhythms

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400;

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. $10; $7 children over 1; free for children under 1. 4/28 11:30 am.

Children's Events

*FREE*

Baby Loves Jazz Series: Andy Blackman Hurwitz - Philly Joe Giraffe's Jungle Jazz

Reading & signing by author, musical demonstrations, jazz for children, live band, snacks & more. Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Ln.; 215-844-1870.

. 4/29 noon.

*FREE* Breyer Horse Day Craft activities & more. O'Doodles, 8335 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-7405. www.odoodles.com. 4/29 noon-3 pm.

Girl Scout Day Special activities & fun for Girl Scout Troops. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.; 215-409-6600. www.constitutioncenter.org. $8; $11 children. 4/28 10 am-4 pm.

International Children's Festival Family fun including theatre, dance performances, music & more. Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-6701. www.pennpresents.org. Included with performance ticket: $12, $10 children first show; $9, $7 children subsequent shows. 4/29 1 pm. 5/1-5/5 10:45 am.

Music Together Hands-on activities & music for babies & toddlers. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; 215-732-2515. www.trinitycentercity.org. 5/3 3:15 pm.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

3 Riverside Dr., Camden; 856-365-8733.

. Ongoing: Butterfly house, maze, treehouse & more. Volunteers Needed for Camden Children's Garden - 2nd & 4th Sat. 11 am-4 pm. $5; $3 ages 3-11; free for children 2 & under. Daily 10 am-5 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. www.discoverymuseum.com. Hands-on children's museum with 10 exhibit areas & workshops. Ongoing: Arts & Imagination - Children's crafts area; Best Friends on Main Street - Pet care exhibit; Bubble Trouble - The science of bubbles featuring interactive activities & displays; Down the Shore - Life in Southern New Jersey; Egyptian Pyramid - Ancient Egypt themed exhibit; Fleet Backstage Theater - Stage area where children can make their own productions; Inky's Newsroom - Kids can pretend to work on a newspaper; Nature Center - Animal & nature-themed costumes, puppets & displays as well as a live turtle & snake; Recycled Rhythm Shack - Exhibit on creatively recycling household items; Vet & Pet - Kids can learn about biology & pet care or pretend to be a vet. $9.95; $8.95 seniors; free for children under 1. Daily 9:30 am-5:30 pm.

Insectarium 8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500. www.insectarium.com. Ongoing: Arachnid Alley - Exhibit about spiders; Cockroach Kitchen - Live cockroach exhibit; Insect Museum - Thousands of mounted & live specimens, interactive exhibits; Working Beehive - Live bee exhibit. $6; free for children under 2. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

The Please Touch Museum 210 N. 21st St.; 215-963-0667. www.pleasetouchmuseum.org. There's Something Under My Bed - Little boy makes friends with "monster" under his bed. Closes 4/29. The Kid's Construct - Ongoing. $9.95. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm.

Literary Calendar

Book signings & readings

Barnes & Noble

301 Main St., Exton; 610-524-0103.

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. Richard Whiteford:

Wild Pennsylvania

4/28 12:30 pm.

Big Blue Marble Bookstore 551 Carpenter Ln.; 215-844-1870. www.bigbluemarblebooks.com. Jasmine Jones: So Many Faces, So Many Places...Around the World 4/28 2 pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia - Overbrook Park Branch 7422 Haverford Ave.; 215-685-0182. www.library.phila.gov. Edna Jones: Born in the Game. 4/28 2:30 pm.

Head House Books 619 S. Second St.; 215-923-9525. www.headhousebooks.com. Craig Eisendrath: War in Heaven - Book signing by Nobel Prize-nominated peace activist. 4/27 7 pm.

University of Pennsylvania - Penn Bookstore 3601 Walnut St.; 215-898-7595. upenn.bkstore.com. Russell Simmons: Hip-Hop Laws of Success - Book signing with noted hip-hop entrepreneur. 4/28 2 pm.

Poetry & lectures

Coyote Joe's Cafe

3401 Hartzdale Dr., Camp Hill; 717-730-0633.

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. Mamapalooza Poetry Bash - Reading by a number of poets who are mothers. 5/3 7-9 pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch Vine St.; 215-686-5372. www.library.phila.gov. Barbara Kingsolver: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Book discussion with noted novelist. $12; $6 students. 5/2 8 pm.

The Lawrenceville School 2500 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville; 609-620-6004. www.lawrenceville.org. Visiting Artist Lecture: John Alexander - Noted painter John Alexander will speak in the Heely Room in Memorial Hall. 5/2 7 pm.

MilkBoy Coffee 2 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; 610-645-5269. www.milkboycoffee.com. Open Mic - Musicians, poets & spoken word artists share their works with the crowd. 5/1 7-10 pm.

Philadelphia Art Alliance 251 S. 18th St.; 215-545-4302. www.philartalliance.org. Lectures in Song: Alan Jay Lerner - Talk on lyric-writer Alan Jay Lerner. $20. 5/2 7:30 pm.

University of Delaware 114 Old College, Newark; 302-831-2792. www.udel.edu. LGBTQ Lecture - Alternate Channels: LGBT Images on U.S. Television in the 1950s. 5/1 12:30 pm.

The University of Pennsylvania - Kelly Writer's House 3805 Locust Walk; 215-573-9748. www.writing.upenn.edu/wh. Rhymes & Misdemeanors - Joint poetry reading by two Writers' House groups. 5/1 6 pm. The Not-So-Secret Fling: Poets from Arcadia University - Poetry reading featuring students from Arcadia. 5/2 7:30 pm.