On Saturday, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Zoo will offer a musical menagerie extravaganza - the Carnival of the Animals concert and the Zoo on Wheels.

The orchestra will perform at 11:30 a.m. in Verizon Hall, creating some of kids' favorite sounds of beasts and creatures galloping, hopping, and flying through the air. Works from composers Benjamin Britten and Edouard Lalo and an excerpt from Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals will be featured.

The event begins at 10 a.m. with the Philadelphia Zoo's Pre-Concert Adventure in the Perelman Theater, where visitors can interact with animals featured in the concert. From 9:30 to noon, the Zoo on Wheels will be outside the center with naturalists to teach about mammals, reptiles, and other creatures.

Philadelphia Orchestra Carnival of the Animals, 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. Philadelphia Zoo's Pre-Concert Adventure begins at 10 a.m. inside the Perelman Theater. Zoo on Wheels will be outside the center from 9:30 to noon. The preconcert event and zoo are included with tickets to the concert. Admission: $7 to $46. Tickets can be purchased online, at the box office, or by phone at 215-893-1999. Information: 215-790-5800 or www.kimmelcenter.org.

Mouthy mouse

Arden Theatre Company presents

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

this weekend through June 27.

Based on author Laura Joffe Numeroff's best-selling novel, the show tells the story of an innocent boy who generously offers a cookie to a demanding little mouse. His action triggers escalating requests that result in chaos. Adapted by Jody Davidson and directed by Whit MacLaughlin, the play is best enjoyed by ages 5 and older.

"If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; noon and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Arden Theatre Company on the Arcadia Stage, 40 N. Second St. Tickets: $30-$32, $20-$22 for teens, $16-$18 for children. Tickets can be purchased online, at the box office, or by phone at 215-922-1122. Information: 215-922-8900 or www.ardentheatre.org.

British Invasion

Relive the British Invasion on Sunday at Longwood Gardens as it presents "Ladies & Gentlemen, The Beatles," a fireworks and fountains show.

Beginning at 9:15 p.m., the spectacular will feature Beatles music, opening with "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," followed by "Penny Lane" and other classics, and a finale of "The Long and Winding Road." From 3 to 7, families can dine at the gardens' Summer Barbeque Feast, and visitors can bring chairs and start reserving spots for the show at 3 p.m.

"Ladies & Gentlemen, The Beatles" Fireworks and Fountains, 9:15 p.m. Sunday at Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square. Garden hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Admission: $16; $6 for students 5 to 18 or any age with valid student ID; $14 for ages 62 and older. Free 4 and younger. Tickets for Fireworks and Fountains show: $38 for ages 16 and older ($31 for pass members), $22 for ages 15 and younger ($18 for pass members). Separate tickets are required for the Summer Barbeque Feast; $30 for ages 12 and older ($27 for pass holders), $18 for ages 5 to 11 ($16 for pass holders). Ages 4 and younger are free. Information: 610-388-1000 or 1-800-737-5500 or visit www.longwoodgardens.org.

Contact Monica Peters mpeters@phillynews.com