Special Events


Cirque du Soleil: Dralion

The acclaimed troupe's latest show blends Eastern & Western acrobatics. Temple University's 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.

House Tours 19th-century home of the Rosenbach brothers. Ongoing. Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2008-10 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. Closes 12/31.

MummersFest Experience "behind the scenes" MummersFest preparations. Tours, make & take crafts, try on costumes, watch rehearsal & more. Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; 215-418-4700. www.fancybrigade.com. $4. Closes 12/31.

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

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

The Big Quiz Thing Live trivia event. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. www.bigquizthing.com. $11. 12/28. 8 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.

Pennsylvania suburbs

5th Annual Holiday TreeFest

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

Christmas Eve Family Service Special service for families and children, with the Sunshine Singers. Nursery Care available. Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Court St. 12/24. 4 pm.

First Sunday After Christmas One service only. No church school. Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Court St. 12/26. 10 am.

Kids and Nature Six- to 10-year-olds are invited to go on trails, play games, make a craft, and visit with the animals. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd., Bristol; 215-785-1177. $10-$15. 12/29. 10 am-2 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; 609-347-5839.

Candlelight Services Child care will be offered for the 7 pm service only. Hope United Methodist Church, 700 Cooper Rd., Voorhees; 856-753-7355. Closes 12/24.

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

Historic District Trolley Tour Tour the historic district by trolley & hear tales about the past. Downtown Cape May; 609-884-5404, 1-800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org. $10; $5 children 3-12. Closes 12/30.

Historic District Walking Tour Guided stroll through the streets of Cape May. Downtown Cape May; 609-884-5404, 1-800-275-4278. $10; $7 children 3-12. Closes 12/31.

MatzoBall Jewish singles event, held simultaneously in cities across the country. Chelsea Hotel, 111 S. Chelsea Ave., Atlantic City. www.matzoball.org. $30; $99 for hotel room. 12/24. 8 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. Closes 12/31.

Victorian Christmas Candlelight Tours The theme of this year's tour is "Stars," featuring Miss Jenny Linn and other notable national stars. Smithville Mansion, 803 Smithville Rd., Mount Holly. $10. Closes 12/29.

Victorian Christmas Tour The theme of this year's tour is "Stars" featuring Miss Jenny Linn as well as other notable national stars. Smithville Mansion, 803 Smithville Rd., Mount Holly. $6. Closes 12/30.


USS Delaware

The story of the USS Delaware is told through objects, photographs & ceremonial silver. First State Heritage Park, 102 S. State St., Dover; 302-739-9194. Included in admission. Closes 12/31.

Kids' Stuff

Children's events

Bouncy Booktime Children's Story Hour

Children will enjoy a different story each week. Lambertville Free Public Library, 6 Lilly St.; 609-397-0275.

Can-Do Playground Integrated playground where 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.

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

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

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.

Photos With Santa Old St. Nick drops by the museum in his best Victorian suit to visit with the boys and girls of the area. He'll listen to Christmas wishes and hand out candy canes to all those on his "nice" list. Visiting with Santa is free. Voorhees Town Center, 1285 Echelon Mall. $20-$45. Closes 12/24.

Photos With Santa Have your picture taken with Santa and make sure he hears your Christmas wish. Willow Grove Park, 2500 Moreland Rd., Willow Grove; 215-657-6000. Closes 12/24.

Photos With Santa Children and families get photos with Santa Claus. Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 Rte. 38. $20-$45. Closes 12/24.

Read in the New Year Early New Year's celebration for kids at Camden County Library branches. Includes a countdown, crafts & stories. All 12/30: Bellmawr Branch, 35 E. Browning Rd., 2:30 pm. Gloucester Township Branch, 15 S. Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, 11:30 am. Haddon Township Branch, 15 MacArthur Blvd., 11 am. South County Regional Branch, 35 Cooper Folly Rd., Atco, 11 am. Voorhees Regional Branch, 203 Laurel Rd., 11:15 am.

Snowman Craft Days Children will have fun making snow-related holiday crafts. Marple Public Library, 2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall; Registration required: 610-356-1510. Closes 12/29.

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

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

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

Winter Break Handwork Camp Campers will have a blast each day participating in creative activities such as knitting, crocheting, machine sewing, and making crafts. Half- and full days are available. Handwork Studio, 35 N. Narberth Ave.; Registration required: 610-660-9600. $30-$85. Closes 12/24.

Wizard School Scavenger Hunt Search the museum for art suggestive of the characters, places & objects in the Harry Potter books. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 1-877-946-4868 (GO HUNT). watsonadventures.com. $34; $30 children 13-17; $18 children 12 and younger. Closes 12/29.

Children's performances

The Amazing World of Magic

Internationally acclaimed Richard Gustafson & troupe. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway; box office: 856-384-8381. $12-$25. Closes 12/29.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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

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. $6; $5 ages 3-11; free for children 2 & younger. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Crayola Factory 30 Centre Square, Easton, Pa.; 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. Discovery Diner. Rock Climbing Wall. News & Weather. Storybook Castle. Little Discoveries. Kwanzaa With Queen Nur. 12/26. $10.95; $9.95 seniors; free for children under 1. 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. $7; free for children 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 for children 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. $50.95; $45.95 seniors; free for children under 2. Open daily.

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