Special Events


5th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

Kinara lighting ceremony, community awards, dance performances, door prizes & more. Kendrick Recreation Center, 5822-24 Ridge Ave; 215-327-4976. 12/19. 12-4 pm.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia Holiday lights, Christmas tree, Santa Claus & food, drink & craft vendors. Dilworth Plaza, 1400 JFK Blvd. www.philachristmas.com. Closes 12/24.

Nature for the Young: The Bird Tree Children will learn about the seasons & collect materials to decorate a "bird tree" for the winter birds at the center. Registration required. The Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy's Mill Rd.; Pre-registration required: 215-482-7300 x 110. $10; $8 members. 12/18. 1:30-3 pm.

Stag & Doe Nights Chestnut Hill stores will offer wine & cheese, cookies & hot cocoa, sounds of the season & more. Chestnut Hill, Historic Germantown Ave. Closes 12/23.

Sunday Karaoke Sunday is Fun Day at Mar Bar with this weekly event features great drink specials and lots of karaoke tunes. Marathon Bar - 10th & Walnut, 929 Walnut St. Closes 12/27.

The 12 Pubs of Christmas Charity Bar Crawl Bar crawl to raise funds for HPV & cervcal cancer awareness programs. Center City District, 1700 Market St. $15. 12/19. 1-9 pm.

Pennsylvania suburbs

Birding at Black Rock Sanctuary

Register at 610-469-1916. Black Rock Sanctuary, 953 Black Rock Rd., Phoenixville; Registration required: 610-469-1916.. 12/19. 8-10 am.

Follow the Star: The Tradition of the Crèche Featuring over 30 crèches from 20 countries. Glencairn Museum, 1001 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn. Closes 1/2.

Valley Forge Gun Show Firearms, rifles, military surplus, hunting & fishing knives, books on related topics, gun parts, accessories & more. Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia; 610-975-0877. www.valleyforgegunshow.com. $9-$15; free for children 12 and under. Closes 12/20.

Winter Holidays Celebration Flourtown Fire Co. to drive their trucks to designated locations around Erdenheim. Enjoy visit from Santa, holiday music, treats & more. Erdenheim Civic Association, 807 Bethlehem Pike, Glenside. 12/20. 5 pm.

New Jersey

Christmas Candlelight House Tour

Self-guided tour features Christmas carolers, strolling musicians, architectural gems & vintage holiday decorations. Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404. $25; $20 children. Closes 12/19.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Hope United Methodist Church, 700 Cooper Rd., Vorhees; 856-753-7355. Closes 12/24.

Come as You Are, Leave as You Want to Be Every Sun. 8:30 am. St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 327 Marlton Pike W., Cherry Hill; 856-429-4469.

Family Christmas Service Special kid-friendly Christmas service. Nursery provided. Hope United Methodist Church, 700 Cooper Rd., Vorhees; 856-753-7355. Closes 12/24.

Quizzie Haddon Trivia Night Benefit for the church's Renovation Campaign. First Baptist Church of Haddonfield, 124 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield. Closes 12/22.

Sunday Worship Service Celebrate in worship with this weekly service. First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, 20 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield.


ABC: An Exhibition of Alphabet Books

Alphabet-themed 18th & 19th-century children's books, fine press books, typographic specimen books & similar. Closes 12/18. University of Delaware, 114 College Sq, Newark; 302-831-6589.

Simple Machines Exhibit on the six key components found in most complicated machinery. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hammock Rd., Dover; 302-739-3277. Donations accepted.

Sports Card, Comic Book & Collectible Show Presented by A2Z Promotions & featuring approx. 50 dealer tables. 302-983-2636. www.a2zshows1.com. Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown Road, Newark; www.a2zshows1.com. www.a2zshows1.com. $2; free for children under 12.

Word Alive Drama Ministry: Victory Live Family-friendly event features song, dance, laughter & more. Resurrection Center, 3301 North Market St., Wilmington. $7. 12/19. 5-7 pm.

Kid's Stuff

Children's events

Annual Holiday Concert/Family Festival

Encore & Harmony Show Choirs, Gloucester County Children's Choir & MCA's dance troupe, High Pointe. Visit by Santa. Camden County College - Dennis Flyer Theatre, 200 College Dr., Blackwood; Mainstage Center: 856-227-3091.

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. $8-$10. 12/20. 1 pm.

Annual Young People's Exhibition Work from over 400 students in the Saturday Young People's Programs will be exhibited. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.; 215-922-3456. Included in admission. Closes 12/18.

Black Friday Marketplace Shopping opportunities, free sample classes & a variety of dance & theatrical performances throughout the weekend. Freedom Theatre, 1346 N. Broad St. $0-$28. Closes 12/20.

Brunch With Santa Buffet brunch & opportunity to meet Santa & his elves. Springfield Country Club/Tavola Restaurant & Bar, 400 West Sproul Rd., Springfield; 610-690-7600. $25.95; $14.95 children 2-12; free for children under 2. Closes 12/20.

Can-Do Playground Integrated playground where both children with disabilities & enabled children can play together. Alapocas Run State Park and Blue Ball Barn, 1914 West Park Dr., Wilmington. www.candoplayground.org.

Christmas Around the Farm Holiday decorations, photos with Santa, hayrides & more. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media; 610-874-4678. Closes 12/24.

Dan Zanes Former Del Fuegos frontman turned children's entertainer. Barnes & Noble Market Fair, 3535 Rte. 1, Princeton. www.danzanes.com/. 12/19. 2 pm.

Giggle Gang Twice-monthly programs featuring live entertainment, crafts or nature classes. Springfield Mall, 1250 Baltimore Pike, Springfield.

Glory of Stories Children's storytime & craft activity. Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington. $3. Closes 12/18.

Jubilee's Australian Safari Adventure Music, dancing & information about Australia. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden; 609-518-1259. www.myspace.com/ideaperformingarts. $1; $5 children. Closes 12/18.

KiDrockers Concert series w/indie rockers performing original tunes in an authentic & kid-friendly manner. Various accomplished alt-comics host. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. $15 advance; $18 day of show. 12/19. 11:30 am.

Kids Care 16: Radiance Work by area children created for people coping with terminal illness. Opening reception 11/8. Closes 12/20. Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-0476.

Photos With Santa Kids can have their photos taken with Santa Claus. Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting. Closes 12/24.

Photos With Santa Kids can have their photos taken with Santa Claus. Willow Grove Park, 2500 Moreland Rd., Willow Grove; 215-657-6000. Closes 12/24.

Photos With Santa Kids can have their photos taken with Santa Claus. Springfield Mall, 1250 Baltimore Pike, Springfield. Closes 12/24.

Photos With Santa Kids can have their photos taken with Santa Claus. Moorestown Mall, 400 Rt-38, Moorestown. Closes 12/24.

Photos With Santa Kids can have their photos taken with Santa Claus. Exton Square Mall, 260 Exton Square Mall, Exton. Closes 12/24.

Please Touch Museum - Kids' Store Kiosk Kids' Store kiosk, located in the mall by Borders Express, will have special weekday hours. Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting. Closes 12/23.

Please Touch Museum - Play Patrol & Kids' Store Play Patrol features interactive playtime, visits with Santa & more. Kids' Store features unique gifts, stocking stuffers & more. Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting. Closes 12/20.

Santa Claus Opportunity for kids to visit Santa Claus. Chestnut Hill, Historic Germantown Ave. Closes 12/20.

Storytime Kids can enjoy a new story weekly. Borders Books & Music, 4221 Concord Pike, Wilmington.

Storytime New stories read weekly. Barnes & Noble - Wilmington, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington; 302-487-9677.

Sunday With Santa Buffet Breakfast, storytelling & pictures with Santa. Moshulu, 401 S. Columbus Blvd.; Reservations suggested. $39; $25 children. Closes 12/20.

Winter Toyland Experiment with different types of toys or try making instant snow. Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology, 3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass, Allentown; 484-664-1002. Included in admission. Closes 1/3.

Youth Lounge Workshops, martial arts, open studio time & more. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219-1223 Vine St.; 215-557-0455. Closes 12/18.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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

» READ MORE: www.camdenchildrensgarden.org

. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. www.discoverymuseum.com. Little Discoveries. Down the Shore. Fleet Backstage Theater. Arts & Imagination. Inky's Newsroom. Best Friends on Main Street. Recycled Rhythm Shack. The Discovery Diner. The Rock Climbing Wall. News & Weather. Storybook Castle. Meet the Man in Red. 12/19. Blood Drive With Children's Activities. 12/22. 12-6 pm. Feast of Seven Fishes. 12/24. 11 am-1 pm. May-Sept.: Daily 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Oct.-Apr.: Sun.-Fri. 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Sat. 9:30 am-8:30 pm.

Insectarium 8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500. www.myinsectarium.com. Working Beehive. Cockroach Kitchen. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Kix & Giggles Children's Playground 9356 Old Bustleton Ave.; 215-677-4140. www.kixandgiggles.com. Tue.-Thu. 10 am-5 pm; Fri.-Sat. 10 am-7 pm; Sun. 10 am-6 pm.

Please Touch Museum 4231 Avenue of the Republic; 215-581-3181. www.pleasetouchmuseum.org. City Capers. Flight Fancy. Roadside Attractions. River Adventures. Wonderland. Centennial Exploration. Liberty Arm & Torch. Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel. ShopRite Supermarket Exhibit. Enchanted Colonial Village. 12/18. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm. 7/23-9/3: Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Thu. 9 am-8 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm.

Sesame Place 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne; 215-752-7070. www.sesameplace.com. Breakfast With Big Bird and Friends. $17; $15 children 2-11. 12/19. Character Portrait Sessions at Mr. Hooper's Emporium. 12/19. Lunch Buffet. $22; $16 children 2-11. 12/19. Weekends only thru 10/31.

Smith The Kids' Play Place in the Park 33rd St.; 215-765-4325. www.smithplayhouse.org. Smith The Kids' Playground & Playhouse. Annual Victorian Holiday Open House. 12/19. 10 am-1 pm. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.