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Special Events Philadelphia Army Navy Pep Rally To pump up fans for the annual game. The Shops at Liberty Place, S. 16th St. & Chestnut St.; 215-851-9055. 12/10. Noon.

Special Events


Army Navy Pep Rally

To pump up fans for the annual game. The Shops at Liberty Place, S. 16th St. & Chestnut St.; 215-851-9055. 12/10. Noon.

Haunted Trolley Tour Tour of approx. 20 "haunted" locations in the city, with 3 stops where passengers can disembark & look around. The Bourse Building, 400 Ranstead St. $30; $20 children 4-12.

Hole in One Challenge A miniature golf competition between the Cadets and the Midshipmen during the Army Navy football weekend. The Shops at Liberty Place, S. 16th St. & Chestnut St.; 215-851-9055. 12/10. Noon.

Holiday Social & Program: Aramingo Canal Excavation Featuring exhibit of canal. Historical Society of Frankford, 1507 Orthodox St.; 215-743-6030. 12/14. 7:30 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. Closes 12/31.

Munch Around the Market Hunt Combines tricky questions & a challenge to sample foods in the Market & Chinatown. Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St.; 877-946-4868 (GO HUNT). $22.

Philadelphia Job Fair Meet the city's employers. Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St.; 215-925-2178. 12/15. 11 am.

Rodin Museum Public Tours Commissioned by theater magnate Jules Mastbaum in 1926, this building is home to one of the largest Rodin collections in the world. Franklin Parkway at 22nd St.; 215-763-8100. Included in admission.

Rocky Relay The Cadets and the Midshipmen will run a relay up the Rocky Steps, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-763-8100. 12/10. 8:30 am.

Santa Is Coming Pictures and chats with the children. Franklin Mills, 1455 Franklin Mills Circle. Price varies based on photo package. Closes 12/24.

Santa's Ice Throne Live Carving Watch an artist carve an ice throne, then meet Santa Claus. Canal View Park, Intersection of Main & Gay Sts. Closes 12/11.

Second Saturdays Free family program the 2nd Saturday of each month. E. Passyunk Ave. www/

Shakespeare Cabaret Series Short new works inspired by Shakespeare & other classical works from around the globe. Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St.; Box Office: 215-496-8001. $15; $10 students & seniors. Closes 12/12.

Trivia Tuesdays Weekly 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.

Pennsylvania suburbs

5th Annual Holiday TreeFest

Display of 25 holiday trees, live music by local choirs & orchestras, photos w/Santa & more. Bucks County Visitors Center, 3207 Street Rd., Bensalem. Closes 1/8.

Christmas Program & Service: Christmas Tableaux Living Nativity & tableaux. Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Huntington Pike and Cathedral Dr., Bryn Athyn. Closes 12/12.

Discussion: Modern Anti-Semitism Barry Morrison will discuss contemporary anti-Semitism and how the community can respond. Congregation Kol Emet, 1360 Oxford Valley Rd., Morrisville. Donations accepted. 12/15. 7:30-9 pm.

Glencairn Christmas Sing Caroling, music & readings. Glencairn Museum, 1001 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn. Donations accepted. 12/14. 8 pm.

Holiday Menagerie Treats, a tour of the zoo & a visit with Santa. Bucks County Zoo, 1540-D Campus Dr., Warminster. $9; $8 seniors & active military/law enforcement; $7 children 2-12. 12/12. Noon-5 pm.

Holiday Open House Performances, games, art activities & more. James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-340-9800. 12/14. 7-9 pm.

Holiday Winter Markets Local fruits, cheeses, meats, baked goods, handmade soaps, candles, beeswax hand lotion & more. Phoenixville Farmers' Market, Bridge Street & Taylor Alley, Phoenixville. Closes 12/18.

Mitzvah Day Benefit walk, blood drive, bone marrow registration, children's crafts & more. Temple Brith Achim, 481 S. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia. 12/12. 10 am.

Pierogy Sale Homemade pierogi for sale every Wednesday. Call 215-343-9809 to order. St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1545 Easton Rd., Warrington; $6 per dozen. Closes 12/15.

Radnor Fire Company Auxiliary's Breakfast With Santa Radnor Fire Co. Auxiliary: 610-293-0332. Radnor Fire Company, 121 S. Wayne Ave., Wayne; 610-687-3245. $7; $4 children under 10. 12/12. 8 am-noon.

Slavic Christmas Luncheon Slavic Christmas culinary delights. SS. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 100 S. Penn St., Clifton Heights. $15; $7 children. 12/12. 12 pm.

New Jersey

Atlantic City, Playground of the Nation

Displaying artifacts, costumes, posters, photographs, postcards, souvenirs & Miss America memorabilia. Ongoing. Atlantic City Historical Museum, Garden Pier, Atlantic City; 609-347-5839.

Christmas Candlelight House Tour Self-guided tour features carolers, strolling musicians, architectural gems & vintage decorations. Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; Reservations recommended: 609-884-5404. $25; $20 children 3-12.

Historic District Trolley Tour Hear tales about the past. Downtown Cape May, 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. $10; $5 children 3-12.

Historic District Walking Tour Guided stroll. Downtown Cape May; 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. $10; $7 children 3-12.

Living Nativity Outdoor reenactment with live animals. First Baptist Church of Haddonfield, 124 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield; 856-429-2326. 12/10. 7-7:30 pm.

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 Ext. 100. Included in admission.

The Way We Were Photos & memorabilia from Atlantic City's past. African American Heritage Museum, 661 Jackson Rd., Newtonville. Donations accepted.


Evergreen Wreath Decorating

Construct holiday wreaths using materials from nature. Killens Pond State Park, 5025 Killens Pond Rd., Felton; Reservations required: 302-284-4299. $10. 12/11. 10 am-noon.

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

Spirit of Christmas In New Castle Townwide celebration with decorated homes & churches, music & Tree Lighting Ceremony at Market Square. 220 Delaware St., New Castle. 12/11. 9:30-5 pm.

USS Delaware The story of the Delaware is told through objects, photographs & ceremonial silver. First State Heritage Park, 102 S. State St., Dover; 302-739-9194. Included in admission.

Kid's Stuff

Children's events

34th Annual Christmas Tree Forest

Featuring trees decorated by community groups. Kids can meet Santa Claus, too. Sellersville Museum, 120 E. Church St., Sellersville. Closes 12/12.

5th Annual Philly for Children Benefit Concert King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company, 170 Allendale Rd., King of Prussia. $5-$8. 12/12. 4 pm.

Advent Lessons and Carols St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 630 E. Cathedral Rd. 12/12. 4 pm.

Babies' Playgroup Little ones meet friends and discover new toys. We provide the toys and books but no organized programming. Camden County Library - Voorhees Regional Branch, 203 Laurel Rd., Voorhees; Registration required: 856-772-1636.

Bouncy Booktime Children's Story Hour A different story each week. Lambertville Free Public Library, 6 Lilly St., Lambertville; 609-397-0275.

Breakfast With Santa Family-friendly buffet, appearance by Santa Claus & holiday story. Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., Cape May. $15; $10 children 3-10. Closes 12/11.

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

Chemistry Demonstrations for Children of All Ages Hands-on activities. Immaculata University, 1145 King Rd., Malvern; 610-647-4400 Ext. 3307. 12/11. 10 am-noon.

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

Cuentos y Canciones Early education program entirely in Spanish for children under 5. Lambertville Free Public Library, 6 Lilly St., Lambertville; 609-397-0275.

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.

Early Bird Read & Look Stories & crafts for preschoolers. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; Tickets required. Included in admission.

Free Admission Sundays Every Sunday in December is free admission. John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, 1201 Pawlings Rd., Norristown; 610-666-5593. Closes 12/26.

Fundraising Bookfair A portion of the day's net sales will benefit Abington Township Public Library. Crafts, stories & games for kids. Barnes & Noble - Willow Grove, 102 Park Ave., Willow Grove; 215-885-5180. 12/11. 10 am-10 pm.

Holiday Crafts for Kids Kids and adults make crafts. Green Lane Park, 1614 Snyder Rd., Green Lane; Pre-registration required: 215-234-8497. $4. 12/14. 1 pm.

Jitterbug Music and Movement Young children enjoy music, games, books and songs. Marple Public Library, 2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall; 610-356-1510.

Kids Night at the Y Parents can drop off kids for a fun night of games and activities. Lower Bucks Family YMCA - Fairless Hills Branch, 601 S. Oxford Valley Rd., Fairless Hills; 215-949-3400 Ext. 24. $20; $12 members. 12/11. 6-9:30 pm.

Magical Talking Tree Entertains young & young at heart. Historic Smithville Village Greene, Route 9 & Moss Mill Road, Absecon, NJ. Closes 12/19.

Milk & Cookies Variety hour for local performers who specialize in family entertainment. MilkBoy Coffee, 2 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; 610-645-5269. $5. Closes 12/26.

Milkshake Educational, funny, upbeat songs that kids can dance to. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. $12, $10 children 1-12 advance; $14, $12 children 1-12 day of show; free under 1. 12/11. 11:30 am.

Ornament Workshop Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Wayne. 12/16. 4:30 pm.

Party for Children of Parents or Grandparents With Cancer Afternoon of food, fun & support for kids who have a loved one with cancer. Wellness Community of Philadelphia, 4100 Chamounix Dr.; Reservations required: 215-879-7733. Closes 12/12.

PAWS for Reading Children read aloud to friendly therapy dogs. Parkesburg Library, 105 West St., Parkesburg; Registration required: 610-857-5165.

Photos With Santa Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn & the Boardwalk, Ocean City; 609-399-2629. Closes 12/19.

Photos With Santa Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 Rte. 38, Cherry Hill. $20-$45. Closes 12/24.

Pint-Sized Planeteers: Animal Colors Children's program focusing on animals of various hues. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington; Registration required. $8.

Polar Express Night With Santa Claus Hot cocoa, cookies & photos w/Santa. Harleysville Books LLC, 674 Main St., Harleysville; Reservations required: 12/11. 4:30 pm children under 5; 6:30 pm children over 5.

Santa Claus Takes the Train: Santa Express Sing-along led by Santa's elves & complimentary hot chocolate. Black River & Western Railroad, 105 John Ringo Rd., Ringoes; 908-782-6622. $14; $7 per child; free under 3. Closes 12/12.

Santa's Trolley Ride Ride with Mrs. Claus. Afterward, kids can meet Santa. Downtown Cape May, 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. $8. Closes 12/18.

Saturday Morning Pajama Party Kids can wear their PJs to the shop to receive a free breakfast entree. A paying adult must accompany. The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood.

Snowflake Story Time Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Wayne. 12/14. 2 pm.

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

Storytime With Mrs. Claus Children's stories at Christmas Cottage. Historic Smithville Village Greene, Route 9 & Moss Mill Road, Absecon. Closes 12/19.

Stroller Rollers Parents & toddlers can get fresh air & exercise together. Bellevue State Park, 800 Carr Rd., Wilmington. $3. Closes 12/27.

Strolling Santa Santa will be strolling through the center, greeting kids. Philadelphia Premium Outlets, 18 W. Lightcap Rd., Pottstown. Closes 12/18.

The Holiday Goose Family-friendly musical comedy. Christ's Lutheran Church, 700 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Oreland; RSVP required: 215-886-9341. $8. Closes 12/11.

Toddler & Preschool Story Time Songs, stories & fingerplays for young children. Harleysville Books LLC, 674 Main St., Harleysville; 215-256-9311. Closes 12/30.

Toddlers' Playgroup The library provides the toys & books but no organized programming. Camden County Library - Voorhees Regional Branch, 203 Laurel Rd., Voorhees; Registration required: 856-772-1636.

Tours for Tots Hands-on activities featuring movement & play. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; Tickets required. Included in admission.

Trout Fishing in America The duo of Keith Grimwood & Ezra Idlet. Sellersville Theater 1894, Main St. & Temple Ave., Sellersville; 215-257-5808. $25; $15 children. Closes 12/11.

Wee Have Fun Club: Holiday Nature Craft Programs offer nature, story & art activities for young kids. Bellevue State Park, 800 Carr Rd., Wilmington. $3. Closes 12/16.

Youth Lounge Creative workshops & open art studio. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219-23 Vine St.; Registration suggested: Closes 12/18.

Children's performances

Alex Lourido

Illusionist & entertainer whose style of magic is at once shocking, funny & enlightening. Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square; 484-732-8295. 12/11. 2 pm.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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


. Holiday Festival of Lights. 12/10. $6; $5 ages 3-11; free 2 & under. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

The Crayola Factory 30 Centre Square, Easton; 610-515-8000. Crayola Crayon Manufacturing. Crayola Marker Manufacturing. Crayola Chronology. Inside Out. Cool Moves. Crayola After Dark. Easton Press & Bindery. Crayola Color Carousel. Crayola Meltdown.

Delaware Children's Museum 110 S. Poplar St., Wilmington; 302-654-2340. 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. 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. $10.95; $9.95 seniors; free under 1. Oct.-Apr.: Sun.-Fri. 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Sat. 9:30 am-8:30 pm.

Insectarium 8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500. Working Beehive. Cockroach Kitchen. $7; free under 2. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Kix & Giggles Children's Playground 9356 Old Bustleton Ave.; 215-677-4140. Kix & Giggles Attractions. $7. 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. City Capers. Flight Fantasy. Roadside Attractions. River Adventures. Wonderland. Centennial Exploration. Liberty Arm & Torch. Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel. ShopRite Supermarket Exhibit. Space Station. $15; free under 1 & members. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm.

Sesame Place 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne; 215-752-7070. Holiday Shopping & Character Photos. Varies. 12/10. $50.95; $45.95 seniors; free under 2. Open daily.

Smith The Kids' Play Place in the Park 33rd St.; 215-765-4325. Playground. Playhouse. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.