Special Events

Philadelphia

Fred's Magic World: Winter Wonders

Blend of magic & comedy featuring escape artists, "psychic" sisters, dueling magicians, musical numbers & more. Closes 12/30. Adrienne Theatre-2nd Stage, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-627-6564.

» READ MORE: www.fredsmagicworld.com

. $15; $10 students & seniors.

Kwanzaa Program With Dr. Maulana Karenga

Speech by the founder of Kwanzaa, poetry, drumming & dance. Organized by The Kwanzaa Cooperative. William Penn High School, 1333 N. Broad St.; 215-769-7324. $10; $6 seniors & children. 12/29 5-8 pm.

MummersFest

All are invited "behind the scenes" to experience MummersFest preparations. Purchase tickets at the door.

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. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; 215-418-4700.

» READ MORE: www.fancybrigade.com

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$3. 12/28 5-9 pm. 12/29 noon-8 pm. 12/30 noon-5 pm. 12/31 noon-4 pm.

*FREE*

New Year's Day Celebration

Entertainment & display of Mummers costumes. Brunch options available. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.kimmelcenter.org

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1/1 10 am-6 pm.

New Year's Eve Cruise

View of fireworks, dinner buffet, beverage package, champagne toast at midnight, party favors, live entertainment & dancing. 866-455-3866. Spirit of Philadelphia Cruises, Columbus Blvd.;

. $195. Boarding 8 pm. 12/31 9 pm.

*FREE*

New Year's Eve Fireworks Show

Seen easily along Philadelphia's waterfront at Penn's Landing. Annual Philly tradition. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386.

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. 12/31 11:59 pm.

New Year's Eve Party for Families

Mid-day celebration for families with young kids. Balloon drop, food, live music, dancing & more. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122,

» READ MORE: www.ardentheatre.org

. $35. 12/31 11:30 am.

New Jersey

*FREE*

3rd Annual Anime Festival

Art contest, anime previews, video games, guest speaker Professor Ryan Morrison & more. Try out new Wii. Gloucester County Library, 389 Wolfert Station Rd., Mullica Hill; 856-223-6000.

» READ MORE: www.gcls.org

. 12/28 2-5 pm.

First Day at the Beach 5K Run

5K run, beach activities, games. Celebrate New Year's Day with a dip in the ocean at 2 pm. 609-525-9300. The Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn & the Boardwalk, Ocean City;

» READ MORE: www.njoceancity.com

. 1/1 1 pm.

First Night Burlington County

"Year of the Rat," substance-free celebration featuring a Pet Parade, Ratatouille Party, chocolate buffet, live music, fireworks & more. Main Street Mount Holly, 55 High St., Mount Holly; 609-914-0811.

. $10; $5 children under 10. 12/31 6 pm.

First Night Haddonfield

Over 50 performers including singers, musicians, dancers & more; two countdown shows followed by fireworks. Downtown Haddonfield, Kings Highway East, Haddonfield; 856-216-7253.

. $10. 12/31 6 pm.

First Night Opening Ceremony

Ribbon cutting, greeting by city officials, entertainment by Main Stage Singers, face painters & trinket give away. 609-525-9300. The Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn & the Boardwalk, Ocean City; 609-525-9300.

» READ MORE: www.firstnightocnj.com

. $14 includes most First Night activities. 12/31 4 pm.

Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides

Trolley ride through the historic district featuring holiday-themed ghost tales. Closes 12/31. Downtown Cape May; 609-463-6415.

» READ MORE: www.capemay.com

. $10; $5 children. 12/28-12/30 8:45 & 9:15 pm. 12/31 7:15 & 8:15 pm.

Patriots Week

Weeklong event, featuring family-friendly activities commemorating the American Revolution. Features live reenactments, tours, Colonial Ball, exhibits, puppet shows & more. Throughout Trenton; 877-PAT-WEEK,

» READ MORE: www.patriotsweek.com

. Prices vary per event. 12/28-12/31.

A Physick Family Christmas

Cape May trolley tour & living history presentation at Emlen Physick Estate. Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404.

» READ MORE: www.capemaymac.org

. $15; $7.50 children 3-12. 1/1 1:30 pm.

Delaware

First Night Dover

Family-friendly activities & entertainment at various venues. Downtown Dover; 302-734-1736.

» READ MORE: www.visitdover.com

. $13. 12/31 3 pm.

Kids' Stuff

Children's performances

Uncle Rock

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

» READ MORE: www.unclerock.com

. $10; $7 children 1-12; free for children under 1. 12/29 11:30 am.

Children's Events

Colonial Kids

21st. century kids experience the 18th century with tours & hands-on activitites. Must be accompanied by adult. William Trent House Museum, 15 Market St., Trenton; 609-989-3027.

. $3; $2 children. 12/29-12/30 1-3 pm.

Disney on Ice: Finding Nemo

Sovereign Bank Arena, 550 S. Broad St., Trenton; 609-656-3200;

. $15-$65. 1/2-1/3 7 pm.

Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour

Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-339-7600; 800-298-4200,

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$13-$27. 12/28 7 pm. 12/29 11 am, 3 & 7 pm. 12/31 11 am & 3 pm. 1/1 1 & 5 pm. 1/3 7 pm.

Radio Disney Jingle Jam 2007

Sovereign Bank Arena, 550 S. Broad St., Trenton; 609-656-3200;

. $26-$41. 12/30 5 pm.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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

. Butterfly house, maze, treehouse & more. Holiday Festival of Lights - 4.5 acres of gardens with 100,000 holiday lights & animated light sculptures. $3.50; free for children 2 & under (additional fee for train ride). Fri.-Sat. 5:30-8 pm thru Dec. $6; $4 ages 3-11; free for children 2 & under Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum

2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233.

» READ MORE: www.discoverymuseum.com

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Hands-on children's museum featuring an activity wonderland for infants through age 10. Kwanzaa Festival With Tahira Productions - Interactive storytelling & songs about Kwanzaa. 12/28 1 pm. New Years at Noon - Mid-day New-Year's celebration for children. 12/31 noon & 2 pm. $9.95; $8.95 seniors; free for children under 1. Sun.-Fri. 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sat. 9:30 am-8:30 pm.

Insectarium

8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500.

» READ MORE: www.insectarium.com

. Ongoing: Arachnid Alley, Cockroach Kitchen, Working Beehive & more. $7; free for children under 2. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Kix & Giggles Children's Playground

9356 Old Bustleton Ave.; 215-677-4140.

» READ MORE: www.kixandgiggles.com

. Attractions include a wrap-around gym, a rock wall, soft-play section for babies & toddlers, an outside seating area & more. Mondays 10 am-3 pm are reserved for children with special needs & their families. See website for more details. Visit With Santa - Kids can visit & have pictures taken with Santa. Reg. adm. plus $10 per picture. 12/22-12/23 noon-4 pm. $6.95. Tue.-Thu. 10 am-8 pm; Fri.-Sat. 10 am-9 pm; Sun. 10 am-8 pm.

The Please Touch Museum

210 N. 21st St.; 215-963-0667.

. Arts & crafts, stories, theater, interactive exhibits, hands-on activities & more. Countdown to Noon Celebration - Ball drop, confetti, parade, magic tricks, crafts & more. 12/31 noon & 1 pm. Enchanted Colonial Village - Designed by Lit Brothers display designer, Thomas Comerford, & built by German toy firm Christian Hofman, this is a 3/4 life-size display depicting scenes of workshops in a small colonial hamlet preparing for the holidays. Closes 12/31. $10.95; free for children under 1. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm.

*FREE*

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

Intersection of 33rd & Oxford Sts. in E. Fairmount Park; 215-765-4325.

» READ MORE: www.smithplayhouse.org

. Three-story "play mansion" for children 0-5 yrs. old & huge outdoor play park for children 0-10 featuring the Giant Wooden Slide, the giant net climber, the Apollo spinner climber, the Biggo Duo swing & much more. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm. Children must be accompanied by adult.

Literary Calendar

Book signings & readings

Barnes & Noble

200 W. Rte. 70, Marlton; 856-596-7058.

» READ MORE: www.barnesandnoble.com

. Hope Fox:

Impress for Less

. 12/28 1-5 pm, 7-9 pm.

North By Northwest (NXNW)

7165 Germantown Ave.; 215-248-1000.

» READ MORE: www.nxnwphl.com

. T. Nicole Robinson:

Scattered Thoughts of Unpromising Romance

. 12/29.