Special Events


Cirque du Soleil: Dralion

The acclaimed troupe's latest show blends Eastern & Western acrobatics. Temple University - Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St.; ComcastTix: 1-800-298-4200.

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. $45-$84; $40.50-$72 seniors, students and military; $36-$68 children 12 and under. Closes 1/2.

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. www.ghosttour.net. $30; $20 children 4-12.

Homeless Memorial Day 2010 Many will gather to remember the homeless that have died and to call for an end to homelessness. LOVE Park, John F. Kennedy Blvd. 12/21. 4:30-5:30 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. historicphiladelphia.org.

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.

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

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

Audubon Christmas Bird Count Join and see how many birds you find. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd., Bristol; 215-785-1177. 12/18. 6:30-5 pm.

Holiday Open House Visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a picture-taking time, open pool for swimming and food and refreshments. Indian Valley Family YMCA, 890 Maple Ave., Harleysville. 12/17. 6-9 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.

Service of Light in the Midst of Darkness For those experiencing the sadness of the loss of loved ones or family. Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E Court St., Doylestown. 12/21. 7:30 pm.

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. $10-$15. Closes 12/19.

Winter Holidays Celebration Flourtown Fire Co. to drive trucks to locations around Erdenheim. Visit from Santa, holiday music, treats & more. Erdenheim Civic Association, 807 Bethlehem Pike, Glenside. 12/19. 5:15-6:15 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. www.capemaymac.org. $25; $20 children 3-12. Closes 12/18.

Historic District Trolley Tour Hear tales about the past. Downtown Cape May; 609-884-5404, 1-800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org. $10; $5 children 3-12.

Historic District Walking Tour Guided stroll. Downtown Cape May; 609-884-5404, 1-800-275-4278. $10; $7 children 3-12.

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.

Walk in the Wild Event will take place the third Sunday of the month with a different focus each month. Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust, Rankin Ave., Woodbury; 856-579-4441.


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Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown Rd, Newark. 12/18-19.

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.

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

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 Different story each week. Lambertville Free Public Library, 6 Lilly St., Lambertville; 609-397-0275.

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. www.candoplayground.org.

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

Common Grounds Community Coffee House Open mike & opportunities to listen or play family-friendly music. Jarrettown United Methodist Church, 1460 Limekiln Pike, Dresher. $5. Closes 12/17.

Cuentos y Canciones Early education program entirely in Spanish for childen under 5. Lambertville Free Public Library, 6 Lilly St., Lambertville, NJ; 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. John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, 1201 Pawlings Rd., Norristown; 610-666-5593. Closes 12/26.

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

Morning Club Exciting activities every first & third Tuesday of the month. Willow Grove Park, 2500 Moreland Rd., Willow Grove; 215-657-6000.

Photos with Santa He's handing out candy canes to all those on his "nice" list. Visiting with Santa is free. Voorhees Town Center, 1285 Echelon Mall, Voorhees. $20-$45. Closes 12/24.

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.

Pinecone Pals Crafts, stories and walks for children. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd., Bristol; 215-785-1177. $6-$9. 12/18. 10-11 am.

Santa's Trolley Ride With Mrs. Claus. Afterward, kids can meet Santa. Downtown Cape May; 609-884-5404, 1-800-275-4278. $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.

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

Storytime With Mrs. Claus At her Christmas Cottage. Historic Smithville Village Greene, Route 9 & Moss Mill Road, Absecon. Closes 12/19.

Stroller Rollers Parents & toddlers can get some 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.

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.

Tot Shabbat Program Sing, march with Torahs & hear stories about Shabbat with area tots & their parents. Temple Brith Achim, 481 S. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia; 610-337-2222.

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

Winter Break Handwork Camp Activities such as knitting, crocheting, machine sewing, and making crafts. Half and full days available. The Handwork Studio, 35 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth; Registration required: 610-660-9600. $30-$85.

Youth Lounge Creative workshops & open art studio. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219-23 Vine St.; Registration suggested: Toni@asianartsinitiative.org.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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

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. Holiday Festival of Lights. 12/17. $6; $5 ages 3-11; free 2 & under. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

The Crayola Factory 30 Centre Square, Easton; 610-515-8000. www.crayola.com/factory/. 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. 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. Voorhees Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker. 12/18. Noon. $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. www.myinsectarium.com. 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. www.kixandgiggles.com. 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. www.pleasetouchmuseum.org. 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. www.sesameplace.com. Holiday Shopping & Character Photos. Varies. 12/17. $50.95; $45.95 seniors; free under 2. Open daily.

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