Special Events

Philadelphia

*FREE*

ARTspiration!

Outdoor festival featuring craft activities, bake sale, plant sale, book sale, entertainment, refreshments & more. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.; 215-922-3456.

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. 5/31 10 am-4 pm.

*FREE* Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration Annual event featuring arts & cultural performances, ethnic food, handcrafted & imported ethnic merchandise, children's activities & more. Rain or shine. Franklin Square, 6th & Race Sts. www.panasianphila.org. 5/30 11 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Cathedral Festival Art exhibit, tours, children's activities, musical entertainment & reception for Rt. Rev. Rodney R. Michel. Philadelphia Cathedral, 3723 Chestnut St.; 215-386-0234. www.philadelphiacathedral.org. 5/31 noon-7 pm.

The Concrete Picture Safari Teams use cityHUNT digital cameras to capture objects, events & happenings. Buffalo Billiards, 118 Chestnut St.; RSVP: 877-HUNT-FUN. www.cityhunt.org. $20. 5/30 1:45-5 pm.

Day in the Park, Dance in the Dark 85th Anniversary Celebration for Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW). Variety of events include nature walks, fly fishing demonstrations, scavenger hunt, volunteer projects & more. Rain or shine. Fairmount Park, Germantown & Northwestern Aves.; RSVP: 215-247-0417. www.fow.org. $5-$125. Dinner dance event at 6 pm at Northwestern Stables. 5/30 8:30 am & 6 pm.

Ghost Tour of Philadelphia Tour Independence Park & Society Hill while hearing tales of the city's haunted history. Closes 11/28. Signers Garden, 5th St.; 215-413-1997. www.ghosttour.com. $15-$17; $8 children 4-12.

*FREE* Greater Philadelphia NAMIWalk for the Mind of America 5K walk benefits the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic; 215-581-3181. www.nami.org/namiwalks/PA/Philly. Registration begins at 7:30 am. 5/30 9 am.

*FREE* Healthy Kids Day Healthy foods & drinks, children's activities, performance by The Laurie Berkner Band & expert advice on nutrition, vaccines & more. Mann Center for the Performing Arts, N. 52nd St. & Parkside Ave.; Tickets required: 877-453-2467. www.chop.edu/healthykidsday. 5/30 noon-5 pm.

*FREE* Lincoln High School Glory Days Celebration before the school is torn dorn. Flea market, music, games, tours of the school & memorabilia. Rain or shine. Lincoln High School, 3201 Ryan Ave; 215-335-5653. 5/30 8 am-2 pm.

*FREE* Ruby's Walk Across America Anti-obesity walk with reality TV star Ruby Gettinger. Lloyd Hall, One Boathouse Row, Kelly Dr.; 215-735-2453. www.mystyle.com/mystyle/shows/ruby/index.jsp. 5/30 8 am-2 pm.

*FREE* Take Steps Fundraising walk to benefit Crohn's Disease & colitis research. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-396-9100. www.cctakesteps.org. 5/30 5-8 pm.

Pennsylvania suburbs

*FREE*

An Arborist's Approach: Buds, Birds & Blooms

Bird surveyor & educator Gregg Gorton leads this tour. West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 215 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd; RSVP required: 610-664-1591.

» READ MORE: www.forever-care.com

. 5/30 8:30 am.

*FREE* The Bird-in-Hand Raid Reenactment 5th PA Regiment Continental Army reenacts the raid known commonly as the "Newtown Skirmish" on Court St. & Centre Ave. Downtown Newtown, 40 S. State St., Newtown; 215-968-3440. www.newtownhistoric.org. 5/30 10 am-3 pm.

The Bucks County Chocolate Show Authors, bakers, chefs & chocolatiers will be represented at this show. Eagle Fire Hall, Rte. 202 & Sugan Rd., New Hope; 215-862-2692. www.buckscountychocolateshow.com. $10; $7 seniors & students; free for children under 9. 5/31 10 am-4 pm.

Cancer Bike Tour Features bike rides of 5, 10, 25, 50 & 63 miles to benefit The Cancer Program of The Chester County Hospital & Neighborhood Hospice. Chester County Hospital, 701 E. Marshall St., West Chester; Race will begin from 440 East Marshall St. www.cchosp.com. $30. 5/31 7:30 am.

*FREE* Community Day Celebrate summer with this family-friendly day of activities, including guided tours, games for the kids, refreshments & more. 215-641-2687. The Highlands Mansion & Gardens, 7001 Sheaff La., Fort Washington; RSVP recommended: 215-641-2687. www.highlandshistorical.org. 5/31 2-4 pm.

Devon Horse Show & County Fair All 3 top jumper winners will defend their titles. Benefit for the Bryn Mawr Hospital. Devon Horse Grounds, Dorset & Valley Forge Rds., Devon; 610-688-2554. www.devonhorseshow.net. $7; $5 seniors; $3 children under 12. 5/29 7:30 pm. 5/30 8 am.

*FREE* Family Fitness Day A fun-filled day of fitness activities, gymnastics, sports, games, relays, music & more. My Gym, 138 Eagleview Blvd., Exton; 610-363-6090. 5/30 9:30 am-2 pm.

Greater Philadelphia Tour de Cure Bicycling fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. Choose from 4 different courses. Central Bucks South High School, 1100 Folly Rd., Warrington; 800-342-2383. www.diabetes.org/tour. $150 fundraising minimum; free for spectators. 5/31 8 am.

Hatboro Carnival & Fun Festival Rides & games, entertainment, Battle of the Bands, petting zoo & more. Benefits various nonprofits & community service providers. Miller Meadow, York Rd., Hatboro; 215-956-9540. www.hatboro-pa.com. $2; $1 students; free for children under 12. 5/29 6-11 pm. 5/30 2-11 pm.

*FREE* Hot Ribs, Cool Music Festival Live music, tastings, art, kids games & activities. Perkasie Olde Towne, Main St., Perkasie; 215-257-4989. www.perkasieoldetowne.org. 5/30 10 am-5 pm.

Ice Cream Social Make-your-own sundaes, displays, raffles & children's games. Penndel Borough Hall, 300 Bellevue Ave., Penndel; 215-752-3281. $1. 5/31 4-7 pm.

Keystone Garden Cluster Dog Shows Over 1,500 canines competing in a variety of categories. Middletown Grange Fairgrounds, 576 Penns Park Rd., Wrightstown. 5/29-5/31 8:30 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Speaking of Peace: A Festival of the Arts Photography exhibits, food, music & children's activities. Frazer Mennonite Church, 57 Maple Linden Ln., Malvern; 610-644-3397. www.frazermennonite.org. 5/30 1-7 pm.

Tabor Days Pets on Parade Fun family festival featuring petting zoo, dog show, children's games, food & more. Tabor Children's House Grounds, Main St. & New Britain Rd., Doylestown; 215-348-3890. www.tabor.org. $5; $10 families. 5/30 noon-10 pm. 5/31 noon-4 pm.

Whack & Roll Croquet Tournament Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Rd., Harleysville; 215-256-3020. www.mhep.org. All-comers $200 per team; amateurs $150 per team; free for spectators. 5/30 7 am-3 pm.

Zoo Friends Fundraiser 4th annual event featuring arts & crafts, food, exotic animals & more. Friends Home & Village, 331 Lower Dolington Rd., Newtown; 215-968-9222. www.friendshomeandvillage.org. $10; $25 family. 5/30 10 am-3 pm.

New Jersey

*FREE*

Boardwalk Spring Family Fun Fest

Fun Fest features a juried craft show, face painters, bands & pony rides. Ocean City Boardwalk, 2nd to 23rd St., Ocean City; 609-457-1151. 5/30 9 am-6 pm.

Fun Day Carnival rides, live entertainment, craft & food vendors, pony rides, petting zoo, fireworks, contests & more. Locke Ave. Park, 115 Locke Ave., Swedesboro; www.lockeavefunday.com. $20-$30 for ride tickets. 5/30 1-9 pm.

Great Gatsby Garden Party 2nd annual event featuring music, food & activities inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel. The Home for Aged Women of Burlington County, 241 York St., Burlington. $30; $50 per couple. 5/30 3-6:30 pm.

*FREE* Herb Weekend Celebration Lectures, informal talks, demonstrations, food samples & walks in the herb, perennial, kitchen & hardy tropical display gardens. Triple Oaks Nursery, Florist & Herb Garden, 2359 Delsea Dr., Franklinville; 856-694-4272. www.tripleoaks.com. 5/30 10 am. 5/31 11 am.

Lumberton Historical Society Car Show Annual event features scores of vintage cars, live music, family fun & more. Lumberton Municipal Complex, 35 Municipal Dr., Lumberton; 609-267-3217. www.lumbertontwp.com. $15 advance; $20 day of show. 5/30 8:30 am-2 pm.

M'korstock One-day festival w/Jewish music, crafts, children's activities & ethnic food. Congregation M'Kor Shalom, 850 E. Evesham Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-4220. www.mkorshalom.org. 5/31.

Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus: Zing Zang Zoom All-new edition where fun-filled magic merges with traditional circus arts. Sovereign Bank Arena, 550 S. Broad St., Trenton; 800-298-4200, www.comcasttix.com. www.ringling.com. $16-$75. 5/29 10:30 am & 7 pm. 5/30-5/31 11 am, 3 & 7 pm.

Spring Thunder in the Sand Motocross Pro/Am AMA-sanctioned Pro-Am races for beginners to pros. Wildwood Beach, between Schellenger & Spencer Aves., Wildwood; 609-523-8051. www.Thundermoto.com. 5/29-5/30 noon. 5/31 10 am.

Staying Alive Walk Annual event to raise awareness about suicide prevention. Challenge Grove Park, Borton's Mill Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-488-7868. $5. 5/31 10 am-1 pm.

Thunder on the Avenue Annual event featuring motorcycles from throughout the region, live bands, vendors, food court & more. Event begins with a 70-mile Ride for Lung Cancer Research Poker Run, to benefit the University of Pennsylvania Lung Cancer Research Center. Downtown Vineland at Landis Ave.; 856-794-9368. www.thunderontheavenue.com. $20; $15 passenger; free for main event area. 5/30 2 pm. Rain date, 5/31.

*FREE* Woodbury Lunch Munch Street Fair Shop & browse along Broad Street, with live music, food, artists, vendors, crafts, sidewalk sales & more. Downtown Woodbury, Broad St., Woodbury; 856-845-8655. www.mainstreetwoodbury.org. 6/3 11:30 am-2 pm.

Delaware

Fish Hawk Challenge Adventure Race

Participants will have the chance to test their strength & skills kayaking the Delaware Bay, running on the beach & taking on team challenges. Cape Henlopen State Park, 42 Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes; 302-645-8983. $27. 5/30 8:30 am.

Kids' Stuff

Children's performances

Philadelphia Orchestra: Sound All Around in the Suburbs

Introduction to musical ideas & themes with stories by Charlotte Blake Alston & Misty Tolle Pereira. Post-concert activity. Baldwin School, 701 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-525-2700.

. $15. 5/30 10 & 11:15 am.

Children's events

Colonial Kids' Quest

Search for clues to solve the mystery of a missing copy of the Declaration of Independence. Independence Living History Center, 115 S. 3rd St.; RSVP required: 215-629-4026.

» READ MORE: www.onceuponanation.org

. $16. 5/30 11 am.

The First Gift Kids can enjoy storytelling & crafts while learning about Hebrew names. Gershman Y, Broad & Pine Sts.; 215-446-3033. www.gershmany.org. $5. 5/31 2-3:30 pm.

*FREE* Giggle Gang Twice-monthly program featuring live entertainment, crafts or nature classes. Springfield Mall, 1250 Baltimore Pike, Springfield; 610-328-1200. www.shopspringfieldmall.com. 6/4 10:30 am.

Little Explorers Hands-on experiences regarding gardening, traditional farming, birds & insects. Ages 2-4. Bartram's Garden, 54th St.; 215-729-5281. www.bartramsgarden.org. $5. 6/3 10-11:30 am.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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

. Butterfly house, maze, treehouse & more. $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. www.discoverymuseum.com. Hands-on children's museum featuring an activity wonderland for infants through age 10. $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. www.insectarium.com. Thousands of mounted & live specimens, interactive exhibits, movie room, children's activities & 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. 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 info. $6.95. Tue.-Thu. 10 am-8 pm; Fri.-Sat. 10 am-9 pm; Sun. 10 am-8 pm.

Please Touch Museum Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic; 215-581-3181. www.pleasetouchmuseum.org. Hands-on museum featuring 6 interactive exhibit zones: Roadside Attractions, Flight Fantasy, City Capers, Wonderland, River Adventures & Centennial Exploration. Target First Wednesdays - Enjoy the museum's exhibits, programs & theater shows, after hours, at a reduced price. $2. 6/3 5-7 pm. Walnut Street Theatre for Kids: The Berenstain Bears Family Matters, Junk Food Edition - Based on the children's book by Stan & Jan Berenstain. Closes 6/8. Please Touch Playhouse: Eat Like a Pirate - Captain Cook & his crew sail to the Great Food Pyramids in search of good nutrition. Closes 6/28. $15; free for children under 1. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm.

Sesame Place 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne; 215-752-7070. www.sesameplace.com. Hip Hop Harry: The Live Show - Dancing bear performs educational, positive songs. 5/30-5/31 noon, 3 & 5 pm. Oscar the Grouch's Not So Happy Birthday Bash - Enjoy lunch with Oscar & other costumed pals. $22; $16 children 2-11. 5/31 1-2 pm. $50.95; $45.95 seniors; free for children under 2. Fri.-Thu. 10 am.

*FREE* Smith The Kids Play Place in the Park Above Kelly Dr. near the intersection of 33rd & Oxford Sts. in E. Fairmount Park; 215-765-4325. www.smithplayhouse.org. 6-acre playground for children 10 & under featuring one-of-a-kind equipment including the Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide. 3-story "play mansion" for children 5 & under. Children must be accompanied by adult. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

Literary Calendar

Book signings & readings

Barnes & Noble-Rittenhouse Square

1805 Walnut St.; 215-665-0716.

» READ MORE: www.barnesandnoble.com

. James Frey:

Bright Shiny Morning

. 6/4 6 pm.

Borders Books & Music 650 Mall Blvd. (The Court), King of Prussia; 610-337-9009. Jayson Stark: Worth the Wait: Tales of the 2008 Phillies. 5/29 7 pm.

Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington; 302-571-9590. www.delart.org. Linda Waggoner: Fire Light. Included in admission. 5/30 1 pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322. www.library.phila.gov. Eduardo Galeano: Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone. 6/2 7:30 pm. P.J. O'Rourke: Driving Like Crazy. 6/4 7:30 pm.

Giovanni's Room 345 S. 12th St.; 215-923-2960. www.giovannisroom.com. Bold Strokes Books Authors - Bobbi Marolt, J.D. Glass, C.P. Rowlands, K.I. Thompson & Colette Moody promote their latest novels. 5/30 5:30-7 pm.

Head House Books 619 S. Second St.; 215-923-9525. www.headhousebooks.com. Molly Shepard, Jane Stimmler & Peter Dean: Breaking Into the Boy's Club. 6/3 7:30-9 pm.

Unitarian Society of Germantown 6511 Lincoln Dr.; 215-844-1157. www.usguu.org. Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno: Slamming Open the Door. 5/31 noon.

Poetry & lectures

Arlington Cemetery

2900 State Rd., Drexel Hill; 610-259-5800.

» READ MORE: www.arlingtoncemetery.us

. Arlington Greenhouse: Master Gardeners Seminars - Delaware County Master Gardeners speak on such topics as peony flowers, garden design, composting & pruning. 5/30 10 am.

Kelly Writer's House 3805 Locust Walk; 215-573-9748. www.writing.upenn.edu/wh. Tony Green - Poet/essayist from the University of Edinburgh. Event will be recorded for PennSound. 6/4.

Wilma Theater 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824. www.wilmatheater.org. The Metamorphoses of Sigmund: Freud & His Afterlives - Panel discussion on Freud, Salvador Dali & how their work has affected various fields. $10; free for 'Hysteria' ticketholders. 6/1 7:30 pm.

Wyck 6026 Germantown Ave.; 215-848-1690. www.wyck.org. Old Rose Symposium - Experts on old roses share knowledge & give demonstrations. Includes lunch. $75. 5/30 10 am-3 pm.