Special Events

Philadelphia

Ghost Hunting 101

Live paranormal investigation & workshop for all ages. Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Ave.; RSVP required: 267-496-5267;

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. $20. 6/13 5-10 pm.

Glen Foerd Regatta 16th annual event featuring a summer buffet & live music courtesy of Charlie Zahm. Glen Foerd on the Delaware, 5001 Grant Ave.; 215-632-5530. www.glenfoerd.org. $30. 6/16 5:30 pm.

Headhouse Farmers' Market Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Chef Mitch Prensky & staff of Supper Restaurant & Global Dish Caterers prepare breakfast featuring local ingredients. Historic Headhouse Square, Second & Pine Sts.; 215-413-3713. www.thefoodtrust.org. $20; $5 children. 6/13 9:30-11:30 am.

*FREE* Islamic Heritage Festival & Parade Parade, children's activities, boat rides, guest speakers, health fair, open market bazaar, live Islamic music, dancers & more. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386. www.pennslandingcorp.com. Parade at 1 pm at Independence National Park. 6/13 2-8 pm.

Kolping Day Festival featuring German food & beverages, live music, dancers, magic show & shooting booth. Danube Swabian Park, 1277 Southampton Rd.; 215-768-5390. www.danubeswabian.com. Donation suggested: $4; free for children under 12. 6/14 noon.

*FREE* Mural Dedication: Tuskegee Airmen - They Met the Challenge Mural created by Marcus Akinlana w/input by members of the Tuskegee Airmen & bas-relief sculpture imagery by local students. Parkway Corp, 20 S. 39th St.; 215-685-0750. www.muralarts.org. 6/14 3 pm.

*FREE* Odunde Festival Procession, flowers & fruit offered to the goddess Osun, followed by street fair & world marketplace. South Street; 215-732-8510. www.odundeinc.org. 6/14 10 am.

*FREE* Old Fashioned Picnic Features food, ice cream, scavenger hunts, ring toss, live music, croquet & more. Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken St.; 215-438-1861. www.ebenezermaxwellmansion.org. 6/13 noon-3 pm.

*FREE* Philadelphia Fatherhood Festival Featuring workshops, talks & guests, including Mayor Nutter & Eagles players Jon Runyan & David Akers. Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; www.fatherfest.com. 6/14 11 am-4 pm.

*FREE* Philadelphia Italian Car Show Benefit for Alex's Lemonade Stand featuring over 100 rare, classic & Italian cars, spanning 1930s to the present. South Street; 215-636-3300. fludelaware.italiancarclub.com. 6/14 10 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Pride Day Largest LGBT pride celebration in the region, attracting over 25,000 visitors annually. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-875-9288. www.phillypride.org. 6/14.

*FREE* 25th Anniversary Party VAC Motorsports hosts a cookout & tour of facilities. VAC Motorsports, 2501 Snyder Ave., Southwark; 215-462-4666. 6/13 noon-5 pm.

Pennsylvania suburbs

*FREE*

Art & Architecture of West Laurel Hill Cemetery

Walking tour uncovers the rich history & beautiful architecture found within this outdoor museum. West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 215 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd; 610-664-1591.

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. 6/13 2-4 pm.

Fox's Fight Basketball Tournament & Family Fun Day Benefit event for the Andrew J. Fox Melanoma Research Fund featuring a basketball clinic with coach Phil Martelli, 3-on-3 tournament & more. Friends Central Upper School, 1101 City Ave., Wynnewood; www.foxsfight.com. $50 per family; $150 per team. 6/13 noon-4 pm.

*FREE* Roslyn Pet Fair Features vendors, crafts, face painting & K-9 Unit demonstration. Living Word Lutheran Church, 1250 Easton Rd., Roslyn; 215-884-2821. www.livingword-elca.org. 6/13 10 am-1 pm.

*FREE* Summer Greek Festival Greek food, music & dancing, children's activities. St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 30 E. Forge Rd., Media; 610-459-0366. www.stgeorgemedia.org. 6/12 4-11 pm. 6/13 11 am-11 pm.

Valley Forge Gun Show Firearms, rifles, military surplus, knives, books on related topics, gun parts, accessories & more. Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 1st Ave., King of Prussia; 610-975-0877. www.valleyforgegunshow.com. $9-$15; free for children under 12. 6/12 4-8 pm. 6/13 9 am-5 pm. 6/14 9 am-4 pm.

*FREE* Veterans of Foreign Wars: Flag Day Springfield Twp Post 7919 holds annual Flag Day celebration. Cisco Park, 199 W. Montgomery Ave., Erdenheim; 215-836-4367. 6/13 6 pm.

New Jersey

*FREE*

All American Festival

Pie contest & pet parade, games, live music, children's crafts, raffles & more. Mill Race Village, Mount Holly; 609-267-8600.

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. 6/13 noon-8 pm.

*FREE* Cruise Down Memory Lane Corvettes, muscle cars, classics, street rods & trucks. Downtown Vineland, Landis Ave., Vineland; 856-794-8653. www.corvettesunlimitednj.com. 6/13 5-10 pm.

Homecoming of the 50th Chemical Unit Homecoming ceremony & parade for soldiers returning from deployment. Sovereign Bank Arena, 550 S. Broad St., Trenton; 800-298-4200. www.sovereignbankarena.com. 6/12 9 am-3 pm.

*FREE* Mummers Parade & Old Fashioned Block Party Witness close-up the beautiful costumes & intricate dance steps performed by the top 7 brigades from the New Year's Day Mummers Parade. Olde New Jersey Ave., North Wildwood; 800-992-9732. www.northwildwood.com. 6/13 4:30 pm.

*FREE* Ocean Grove Vintage Car Show Vintage cars on display plus live doo-wop music by RB Express. Main Ave. in Ocean Grove; 732-774-1391. www.oceangrovenj.com. 6/13 10 am-4 pm.

Delaware

P.O.W. Weekend

Historical re-creation of the arrival of new prisoners. Fort Delaware State Park, 45 Clinton St., Delaware City; 302-834-7941.

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. Included in admission. 6/13 11 am.

Paddles, Pollywogs & Panfish Seine for pond life, go on a canoe tour, or watch a children's fishing tournament. Abbott's Mill Nature Center, 15411 Abbott's Pond Rd., Milford; 302-422-0847. www.delawarenaturesociety.org. $3; $1 children. 6/13 10 am-2 pm.

Pond to Plate Learn basic fishing techniques, try to catch some fish, then enjoy a fish dinner. Coverdale Farm, 543 Way Rd., Greenville; 302-239-2334. www.delawarenaturesociety.org. $20; $10 children. 6/13 4-7 pm.

Victorian KidsFest Games, kid-friendly activities, crafts, exhibits & exhibition game by the Diamond State Base Ball Club. Fort Delaware State Park, 45 Clinton St., Delaware City; 302-834-7941. www.visitthefort.com. Included in admission. 6/14 11 am.

Kids' Stuff

Children's performances

Children's Gala

Students from the theater's children's programs perform. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100.

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$45; $30 children. 6/14 4 pm.

*FREE* Miss Maggie Sings Perkiomen Valley Library, 290 Second St., Schwenksville; RSVP: 610-287-8360. www.pvlibrary.net. 6/13 11 am-noon.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Children's Corner Classical music paired with fairytales. Charlotte Blake Alston narrates & Rossen Milanov condcuts. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $6-$46. 6/13 11:30 am.

Robbert Bobbert & the Bubble Machine World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. www.worldcafelive.com. $10; $7 children 1-12. 6/14 11:30 am.

Two of a Kind Husband & wife duo feature songs, puppets, movement & stories. Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave.; RSVP: 215-243-5254. www.twoofakind.com. Included in admission. 6/16 11-11:45 am.

Children's events

*FREE*

Authors for Children Bookfair

Meet several local children's book authors. Includes readings, raffle & book hunt. Barnes & Noble, 835 Old York Rd., Jenkintown; 215-886-5366.

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. 6/13 1-4 pm.

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. 3d St.; RSVP required: 215-629-4026. www.onceuponanation.org. $16. 6/13 11 am.

*FREE* Fishing Rodeo Features bass fishing contest, refreshments, raffle & more. For children 14 & under. Paradise Farm Pond, Valley Creek Rd. & Ravine Rd., Downingtown; 610-436-5108. 6/13 8 am-1 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. 6/18 10:30 am.

Half Pints Kids Club: Camping Favorites Kids can learn great camping foods & how to make them. Whole Foods Market, 1575 Fairway Rd., Jenkintown; 215-481-0800. www.wholefoodsmarket.com. $5. 6/18 5 pm.

*FREE* Kids' Connection Family Day For children with a parent or grandparent facing cancer. Play & art activities allowing kids to explore their feelings, thoughts & questions. Wellness Community of Philadelphia, 1 Chamounix Dr.; RSVP required: 215-879-7733. www.twcp.org. 6/13 10 am-2 pm.

Radio Disney Day Special Jonas Bros.-themed day featuring karaoke, prizes, games & music. Sahara Sam's Oasis, 535 N. Route 73, West Berlin; 856-767-7580. www.saharasams.com. Included in admission. 6/14 11 am-noon.

River Rock Art With the help of a Montco naturalist search the flood plain to find a rock to paint. Ages 5 & over. Central Perkiomen Valley Park, 1 Plank Rd., Schwenksville; RSVP: 610-287-6970. www2.montcopa.org/parks. $2. 6/14 2 pm.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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

. Butterfly house, maze, treehouse & more. StrawBEARy Surprise & Nature in Art Day - Includes crafts & planting activity. 6/13-6/14 noon-4 pm. Hanging Baskets: Gardens That Dance in the Air - Gardening class for adults. $15. 6/17 10-11:30 am. $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. Happy Birthday Discovery Museum - Activities in honor of the museum's 15th birthday. 6/13-6/14 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Art Par Excellence - Traveling exhibit of 2-D work by grade- school students with disabilities. Closes 7/3. $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 Web site 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. Celebrate Christo's Birthday - Children's crafts themed to the work of artist Christo. 6/13 9 am-4 pm. ABC Games - Features more than a dozen fun-filled fitness activities. Closes 6/28. 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. Getting There - Prop- & puppet-filled tale about the history of transportation. Closes 8/9. $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. Share in the spirit of imagination at this theme park, which features whirling rides, water slides, colorful shows & furry, familiar friends. Summer Nights Series - DJ dance party for kids with dance contests & video games. 6/12 6:30-10 pm. Dan Zanes - Former Del Fuegos frontman turned children's entertainer. 6/13-6/14 11:30 am, 3:15 & 5:15 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 33d & 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.

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. Nelson George:

City Kid

. 6/17 6 pm.

Barnes & Noble 2300 Chemical Rd., Plymouth Meeting; 610-567-2900. Judi Fennell: In Over Her Head. 6/13 2-4 pm.

Big Blue Marble Bookstore 551 Carpenter Ln.; 215-844-1870. www.bigbluemarblebooks.com. Radha McLean: The Green Pregnancy Diet. 6/12 7-8 pm.

Downtown Cape May Downtown Cape May, Cape May; 609-463-6415. www.capemay.com. East Lynne Theater Company: Tales of the Victorians - Company members read tales by American authors of the Victorian era. Takes place at various inns & tea shops around Cape May. $10; free for children 12 & under. 6/18 4 pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322. www.library.phila.gov. Joseph O'Neill: Netherland. 6/16 7:30 pm. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Thing Around Your Neck. 6/18 7:30 pm.

Huntingdon Valley Library 625 Red Lion Rd., Huntingdon Valley; 215-947-5138. www.hvlibrary.org. Mark Stang: Phillies Photos: 100 Years of Philadelphia Phillies Images. 6/15 7 pm.

Independence Visitor Center N. 6th St. & Market St.; 800-537-7676. www.independencevisitorcenter.com. Edward A. Mauger: Philadelphia Then & Now/Philadelphia in Photographs - Signing followed by tour through Old City. $15; $10 children; $30 families. 6/12 5-6:30 pm.

Marigold Kitchen 501 S. 45th St.; 215-222-6751. www.marigoldkitchenbyob.com. Virginia Willis: Bon Appetit, Y'all! 3 Generations of Southern Cooking - 4-course dinner & opportunity to meet the author. $50. 6/16.

Society Hill Synagogue 418 Spruce St.; 215-922-6590. www.societyhillsynagogue.org. Jennifer Weiner: My Life as a Writer - An optional dinner precedes the program. $36 advance, $50 day of event; $118 includes dinner. Preprogram dinner 6 pm. 6/14 7-9 pm.

Willingboro Public Library 220 Willingboro Pkwy., Willingboro; 609-877-6668. www.willingboro.org. Maria Liberati: The Basic Art of Italian Cooking. 6/15 7 pm.

Poetry & lectures

Bridget Foy's

200 South St.; 215-922-1813.

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. Crime Fiction Brunch - Brunch & discussion w/novelists Keith Gilman & Dennis Tafoya. 6/14 1 pm.

Cooper River Park North Park Dr., Pennsauken; 856-216-2122. www.ccparks.com. Poetry in the Park - Featured poet & open mike. 6/15 7-9 pm.

Doylestown Historical Society 56 S. Main St., Doylestown; www.doylestownhistorical.org. Walking Tours of Historic Doylestown - Trained tour guide gives brief account of the history of the area. RSVP: 215-345-9430. Donations accepted. 6/13 11 am.

Philadelphia Arts Bank 601 S. Broad St.; 1-800-616-2787. www.uarts.edu. Pig Iron Theatre Company: Welcome to Yuba City Pit Stop - PITC members discuss the process of putting together their most recent production. RSVP to robin@livearts-fringe.org. 6/16 7 pm.

Robin's Books & Moonstone Arts Center 108 S. 13th St.; 215-735-9600. www.robinsbookstore.com. Jim Cory - Philadelphia-based poet reads a selection of his works. 6/16 7 pm.

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St.; 215-573-3234. foundationarts.org. Poetree in Motion - This event combines dance, electronic & live music, spoken word & visual art. 6/13 7-9 pm.