The ninth annual ABC Games begin today at Please Touch Museum, encouraging children to have an interest in sportsmanship, physical fitness and fun.

Presented by US Airways, the games run through June 28. The month of learning through sporty play will fill the museum's Rainforest gallery. New this year is a nature-inspired obstacle course that will weave its way through the gallery with a rock-climbing wall and various play opportunities that test strength, coordination, and fine- and gross-motor skills.

The annual games, which started in 2002 as the museum's kid-friendly version of Philadelphia's "X Games," will begin at 10 a.m. today with a parade and opening ceremony with Nancy D. Kolb, Please Touch president and CEO; the Philadelphia Eagles Pep Band; and the Phillie Phanatic. The opening ceremony will offer the singing of the new "ABC Games Anthem," and the lighting of the "ABC Games Flame."

Ninth annual ABC Games opening ceremony 10 a.m. today at Please Touch Museum, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic. ABC Games run today through June 28 at the museum's Rainforest gallery, adjacent to the Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $15 for visitors age 1 and older. Museum members and infants admitted free. Information: 215-581-3181 or

It's a dance party

The Raggs Live Dance Party comes to Sesame Place's Big Bird Theater on Saturday and Sunday.

The party features five canine members of the Raggs Band (Raggs, Trilby, Pido, B. Max and Razzles) from the new preschool PBS television series Raggs. The band will teach the audience its special two-step movement from a favorite song. B. Max's Dance-O-Meter, a giant interactive machine with an appetite, rates the dances (all winners, of course!) and a tie is broken when the pups combine the dances into one super, mega-dance. Master of ceremonies Roadie keeps things moving along. Concerts will be held at noon, 3 and 5 p.m.

This weekend is also Pet Weekend, with park visitors receiving $10 off single-day admission when showing a photo of their pet at any ticket window.

The Raggs Live Dance Party, Saturday and Sunday at Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne. Concert times are noon, 3 and 5 p.m. at Big Bird Theater, reservations required. Park hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Admission: $50.95, $45.95 for those 55 and older, $32.95 for twilight admission (after 4 p.m.), free for children 23 months and younger. All admission prices are before taxes. Pet Weekend discount is for Saturday and Sunday only for up to six people. Cannot be used with Elmo's Any 2-Day Ticket, twilight admission or combined with any other offer. Information: 215-752-7070 or

Up, up and away

The opening reception of the Michener Art Museum's annual June Balloon Children's Gallery Exhibition will be at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The exhibition will showcase artwork created by students from the museum's classes and workshops, the Art on the Move program, and Michener Museum-sponsored art enrichment programs at Pine Run Elementary School and Palisades Middle School. There will be refreshments, art activities and entertainment.

June Balloon opening reception, 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Exhibition runs through June 27. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission to the Children's Gallery is free. General admission: $6.50, $6 for those 60 and older, $4 for students and children ages 6-18, free for members and children under 6. No general admission fee to visit Children's Gallery. Information: 215-340-9800 or

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