Special Events


5th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

Kinara lighting ceremony, community awards, dance performances, door prizes & more. Church of the Advocate, 1801 West Diamond St.; 215-327-4976. 12/29. 5:30-8:30 pm.

Academy of Music Tours See the grand lobby, stage door canteen, ballroom & auditorium. Dates & times vary; call 215-790-5886 for info. The Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; Reservations required: 215-790-5886. Closes 12/31.

Kwanzaa Program With Dr. Maulana Karenga Speech by the founder of Kwanzaa, poetry, drumming & dance. Organized by The Kwanzaa Cooperative: 215-385-0214. William Penn High School, 1333 N. Broad St.; Kwanzaa Cooperative: 215-385-0214. $10; $7 seniors and children under 12. 12/27. 3:30-7 pm.

MummerFest Behind the Scenes Opportunity to watch the Philadelphia Mummers prepare for the New Year's Day parade. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; 215-418-4700. $4. Closes 12/31.

New Year's Eve Fireworks Display Fireworks display synchronized to a musical soundtrack. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd. www.delawareriverwaterfrontcorp.com. Closes 1/1.

New Year's Eve Full Moon Ghost Hunt Join others in this three hour paranormal investigation complete with champagne toast and light hors d'oeuvre. Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast, 3300 Baring St. $45. 12/31. 8 pm.

Quest for Father Time - A New Year's Eve Treasure Hunt in Philly Ravenchase Adventures: 888-702-9039, http://www.ravenchase.com/. Rittenhouse Square, 1800 Walnut St.; Reservations required: 888-702-9039. www.fathertimerace.com. $85. 12/31. 7 pm.

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Free dental care for children. Call for appt.: 215-427-4645. St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, E. Erie Ave.; Appointments required: 215-427-4645. www.scfchildren.org. 12/30. 9 am-4 pm.

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 Nightmare After XXXmas W/Eric from Sex Slaves & The Della Zucca Dancers, DJs, videos & giveaways. The Manhattan Room (M Room), 15 W. Girard Ave.; 215-739-5577. $10. 12/26. 9 pm.

Pennsylvania suburbs

Doggone Good Story Time

Storytime with Karen Udell & Mitzi, a certified therapy dog. Call 215-885-5180 x28. Abington Free Library, 1030 Old York Rd., Abington. 12/28. 10:30 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.

New Jersey

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.

Holidays Through the Decades Trees, trains & other items from holidays past & present. Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton; Registration required: 609-296-8868 x100. Included in admission. Closes 1/15.

New Year's Eve Fireworks Display Fireworks display synchronized to a musical soundtrack. Wiggins Waterfront Park, Mickel Blvd., Camden. www.delawareriverwaterfrontcorp.com. Closes 1/1.

Patriot Pirates - Tales of Plunder & Privateers of Coastal NJ Exhibit based on the Revolutionary War Privateers of the Jersey Shore. Ongoing. Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton; Registration required: 609-296-8868 x100. Included in admission.

Special Worship Service Carols, lessons & music with Celtic instruments. Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 204 Wayne Ave., Haddonfield. 12/27. 10 am.

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


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.

Kid's Stuff

Children's events

Auricolae With Charlotte Blake Alston

Music & storytelling. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. $10; $7 children 1-12; free for children under 1. 12/27. 11:30 am.

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.

Children's Storytime Stories & crafts. Barnes & Noble - Rittenhouse Square, 1805 Walnut St.; 215-665-0716.

Holiday Story Hour Read stories & make & decorate gingerbread houses. Jenkintown Library, 460 Old York Rd., Jenkintown; Registration required: 215-884-0593. 12/29. 2-3 pm.

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.

Winter Family Studio Drop-in program with a variety of family-friendly activities. Art projects, stories, games & more. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-763-8100. Included in admission. Closes 12/31.

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.

Yosi & The Superdads Light-hearted family music in a variety of genres. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. $10; $7 children 1-12; free for children under 1. 12/26. 11:30 am.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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

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. Holiday Festival of Lights. 12/25. 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. Kwanzaa With Queen Nur. 12/26. New Year's at Noon. 12/31. 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. 12/26. Countdown to Noon Celebration. 12/31. 9 am-3 pm. 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. 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. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.