Special Events

Philadelphia

26th Annual Celebration of Black Writing Festival

The Arts Sanctuary will be hosting a celebration of Black Writing. Nikki Giovanni will be honored in the Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony. The celebration will include workshops, games, discussions, and speakers. The festival will culminate with the Black Pearl Orchestra Company performing a concert entitled 'America's Classical Masters.' Church of the Advocate, 1801 West Diamond St.; (215) 232-4485.

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. 5/28.

A Taste of Northern Liberties Neighborhood history & tasting tour. Call 800-979-3370 or visit www.zerve.com/PhillyFoods/NoLibs. Northern Liberties, W. Girard St.; 800-979-3370. www.zerve.com/PhillyFoods/NoLibs. $38 per person. 5/29.

Delaware River Day Free kayaking, life jacket fitting, boat tours, entertainment & more. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386 (2FUN). 5/30. 12-6 pm.

Eurovision Song Contest 2010 Broadcast Watch the 2010 contest broadcast from Oslo. Contests, drink specials & more. http://www.eurocircle.com Tir na nOg, 1600 Arch St. www.eurocircle.com/events/calendar/event.php?eid=2499. $15-$25. 5/29. 3-6 pm.

House Tours 19th-century home of the Rosenbach brothers. Ongoing. Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2008-2010 Delancey Pl.; 215-732-1600. Included in admission.

Military Muster Children are invited to learn the art of marching & musket etiquette. Signers Garden, 5th St. historicphiladelphia.org. 5/31.

Portuguese Heritage Festival Part of the PECO multicultural series. Celebration of Portuguese culture w/music, dancing & food. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386 (2FUN). 5/30. 1-7 pm.

Trivia Tuesdays Weekly trivia event hosted by bartender "Smarty Pants" Wil. Sisters Restaurant & Nightclub, 1320 Chancellor St.; 215-735-0735.

Twisted Thursdays Dinner buffet, karaoke & DJs spinning '80s dance club mixes. Sisters Restaurant & Nightclub, 1320 Chancellor St.; 215-735-0735. $7-$10. 6/3.

Pennsylvania suburbs

Brandywine River Blues Festival

Live music, wine tastings & more. Call 610-388-6221 or visit

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. Chaddsford Winery, 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford; 610-388-6221. $25. 5/29.

Friday Night Fireworks Check out a great fireworks display over the Delaware River, every Fri. through August. Downtown New Hope, Main St., New Hope. www.newhopelambertvillefireworks.com. 5/28.

Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony The Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony will begin at the Radnor Financial Center. Radnor Financial Center, 150 N. Radnor-Chester Rd., Ste. F-200, Wayne. www.radnormemorialday.org. 5/31. 9:45 am.

New Jersey

Apply for Your Passport at the Library

The Burlington County Clerk's office will process passport applications while people wait. Payment by check or money order only. Willingboro Public Library, 220 Willingboro Pkwy., Willingboro; Registration required: 609-877-6668. 6/1.

Barks on the Boards Boardwalk stroll & various pet contests for dogs. Benefits the Ocean City Humane Society. The Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn & the Boardwalk, Ocean City; 609-398-4200. www.hsocnj.org. $15. 5/30. 12 pm.

Bordentown City Free Preservation Walk Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month at this guided walking tour. Bordentown Historical Society at The Old City Hall, 302 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown. 5/29. 12:30-1:30 pm.

Cape May by Moonlight Trolley Rides Guided trolley ride through Cape May's moonlit streets. Downtown Cape May, Downtown Cape May, Cape May; 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org. $10; $7 children 3-12. 5/28.

Daily Animal Feeding See the aquarium residents being fed. Jenkinson's Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant. www.naturefind.com. Included in admission.

First Annual Curley Fry Festival Various fun activities, including a Curley Fry competitive eating event. Morey's Piers & Raging Waters, 25th St. and the Boardwalk, Wildwood; 609-522-3900. 5/29. 11 am-5 pm.

Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour Ghost stories & trip to the Cape May Lighthouse. Reservations required: 609-884-5404. Cape May Lighthouse, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404. www.capemaymac.org. $20; $15 children 3-12. 5/29.

Graveyards of the Deep Trolley Tour Trolley tour focusing on Cape Island's maritime history. Downtown Cape May, Downtown Cape May, Cape May; 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. $10; $7 children 3-12. 5/28.

Guided Tours Learn about the property's history as you explore the mansion, annex rooms & courtyard gardens. Smithville Mansion, 803 Smithville Rd., Mount Holly. $6.

Mamapalooza Festival at the Annual Collingswood May Fair South Jersey/Philadelphia area Mamapalooza Festival features family-friendly art & entertainment. Rain date 5/30. Downtown Collingswood, Haddon Ave., Collingswood. http://www.mamapalooza.com. 5/29. 10 am-5 pm.

Mansions by the Sea Trolley Tour Tour some of Cape May's most magnificient buildings. Downtown Cape May, Downtown Cape May, Cape May; 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org. $10; $7 children 3-12. 5/28.

Memorial Day Tribute Ceremony honoring veterans & active military personnel as well as honoring the memory of servicepeople lost this year. Cherry Hill Municipal Building, 820 Mercer St., Cherry Hill. 5/31. 11 am.

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.

Tours at Cape May Winery Tasting, tour & introduction to how wine is made. Cape May Winery, 709 Townbank Rd., Cape May. $20. 5/29.

Unlocking of the Ocean & Business Persons Plunge Business-clad participants will march into the ocean to the sounds of 'Pomp & Circumstance.' Moorlyn Terrace Street Beach. Ocean City Boardwalk, 2nd to 23rd St., Ocean City. 5/28. 12 pm.

Welcome to Cape May Trolley Tour Tour points of interest in the town & learn about special events. Downtown Cape May, Downtown Cape May, Cape May; 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org. $10; $7 children 3-12. 5/28.

Wildwoods International Kite Festival World-renowned kite builders & competitors, kite-making workshops & exhibits, children's activities. Wildwoods Convention Center, 5401 Boardwalk, Wildwood; 732-822-4884. www.SkyFestivals.com. 5/28.

Wildwoods International Kite Festival World-renowned kite builders & competitors, kite-making workshops & exhibits, children's activities. Wildwood Beach & Boardwalk, Lincoln Ave., Wildwood; 732-822-4884. www.SkyFestivals.com. 5/28.

World War II Trolley Tour Learn how World War II impacted the area & visit some of the coast fortifications nearby. Downtown Cape May, Downtown Cape May, Cape May; 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. $20; $15 children 3-12. 5/29.

Delaware

Close Encounters of the Wild Kind

Weekly programs on various animals & themes. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington. Included in admission. 5/29.

Keeper Watching Program on the zoo's conservation efforts. Watch zookeepers doing their thing. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington. Included in admission. 5/29.

Owl Prowl Evening walk in search of owls. Brandywine Creek State Park, 41 Adams Dam Rd., Greenville; 302-577-3534. $5. 5/29.

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.

Tours of Nemours Mansion Tour the country estate of the late industrialist/philanthropist Alfred I. duPont. Nemours Mansion & Gardens, 1600 Rockland Rd., Wilmington; Reservations recommended. $15.

U.S.S. Delaware The Visitors Center will be hosting an exhibit of silver from the U.S.S. Delaware. First State Heritage Park, 102 S. State St., Dover; 302-739-9194. Included in admission. 5/28.

Kid's Stuff

Children's events

2nd Annual Regional Children's Art Show

Featuring work by area schoolchildren. Closing reception 6/13. Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Rd., Cheltenham; 215-379-4660. 5/28.

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. 6/2.

Cloud Gazing Learn about different types of clouds & make a cloud craft. Brandywine Creek State Park, 41 Adams Dam Rd., Greenville; 302-577-3534. $2. 5/31. 3 pm.

Decorate Your Own Cupcake Night The bakery provides the cupcakes and all the fixings for kids to decorate their own. Bredenbeck's Bakery and Ice Cream Parlor, 8126 Germantown Ave. 5/28.

Drawing Together Open sketching time for families. Ongoing; dates vary. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-763-8100. Included in admission. 5/30.

Early Bird Read & Look Stories & crafts for preschoolers. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; Tickets requred: available at the museum. Included in admission. 5/30.

Family Fun Night This program is sponsored by the Schwenkenfelder Library & Heritage Center as well as Youth and Family Services in Green Lane. There will be activities and snacks for the families that participate. Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St., Pennsburg; 215-679-3103 to register.. 6/3. 6:30 pm.

Family Gallery Tour Themed art tours for families. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; Tickets required: available at the museum. Included in admission. 5/30.

Glory of Stories Children's storytime & craft activity. Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington. $3. 5/28.

Kinobe: Stories & Songs From Uganda Kinobe will perform African music, interspersed with folk tales from his homeland. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. $10; $7 children 1-12; free for children under 1. 5/29. 11:30 am.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Carnival of the Animals Family concert featuring fun musical pieces themed around various animals. Rossen Milanov conducts. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $7-$46. 5/29. 11:30 am.

Story Time at the Zoo Weekly story program. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington. Included in admission. 6/3.

Storytime New stories read weekly. Barnes & Noble - Wilmington, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington; 302-487-9677. 5/28.

Teen Lockdown: '80s Night Evening of pizza, snacks & '80s-style fun for teens. Mount Laurel Library, 100 Walt Whitman Ave., Mount Laurel; Registration required: 856-234-7319. 5/29. 6 pm.

Toddler Trot Family-friendly guided walk. Brandywine Creek State Park, 41 Adams Dam Rd., Greenville; 302-577-3534. Included in admission. 5/31. 10 am.

Tours for Tots Hands-on activities featuring movement & play. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; Tickets required: available at the museum. Included in admission. 5/30.

Train & Carousel Rides Hop on the Hummingbird Express Train for a jaunt around the zoo, or ride a carousel animal on the Wildlife Carousel. Cape May County Park Zoo, Garden State Parkway Exit 11, Cape May; 609-465-5271. $2.

Woodmere Reaches Out Featuring works by area schoolchildren who participated in the museum's educational outreach programming. Opening reception 6/6. Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-0476. 5/30.

World's Greatest Dad Trying to find an unique gift for Father's Day? Come to the Clay Studio and make a special piece of artwork to show him how terrific he really is! The workshop can be a fun outing for kids to do with their Dad, or come in with another adult to make a Father's Day surprise. The Clay Studio, 139 N. 2nd St.; 215-925-3453. $45; $40 members. 5/29. 10 am-12 pm.

Youth Lounge Creative workshops & open art studio. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219-1223 Vine St.; 215-557-0455. 5/28.

Youth Poetry Slam Spoken word competition for teenagers. Borders Books & Music, 4221 Concord Pike, Wilmington. 6/1.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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

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

Delaware Children's Museum 110 S. Poplar St., Wilmington; 302-654-2340. www.delawarechildrensmuseum.org. Stratosphere. The Power of Me. ECOconnect. Bank on It. Training Wheels. Structures. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. www.discoverymuseum.com. 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. Little Discoveries. 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. Kix & Giggles Attractions. Wed.-Fri. 10 am-3 pm; Sat. 10 am-7 pm; Sun. 10 am-5 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. Teddy Bear Faire. 5/28. Target First Wednesdays. $2. 6/2. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm.

Sesame Place 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne; 215-752-7070. www.sesameplace.com. Elmo's World. 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.