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.

Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale Fancy Brigade clubs perform two identical shows. Between shows, they strut in the Mummers Parade on Broad St. Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; 215-418-4700. www.ticketphiladelphia.org. $11-$16. 1/1. Noon & 5 pm.

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.

Mummers Parade Thousands of participants strut up Broad St. in colorful costumes. www.phillymummers.com. 1/1. 9 am.

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.

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.

New Jersey

Atlantic City, Playground of the Nation

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

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

First Night Burlington County Evening of performances & family fun at various venues around downtown Mount Holly. Fireworks at 9 pm. Main Street Mount Holly, 55 High St.; 609-914-0811. $10. 12/31. 5 pm.

First Night Haddonfield Enjoy family-friendly performances & an early-bird fireworks show. Downtown Haddonfield, Kings Highway East; 856-429-4700, Ext. 300. www.firstnighthaddonfield.org. $15. 12/31. 5:30 pm.

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

Patriot Pirates - Tales of Plunder & Privateers of Coastal NJ Exhibit based on the Revolutionary War privateers of the Jersey Shore. Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St. Registration required: 609-296-8868, Ext. 100. Included in admission. Ongoing.

The Way We Were Photos & memorabilia from Atlantic City's past. African American Heritage Museum, 661 Jackson Rd., Newtonville. Donations accepted. Closes 12/31.

Twice the Fireworks, Twice the Fun Fireworks display with a synchronized soundtrack. Wiggins Waterfront Park, Mickle Blvd., Camden. www.visitphilly.com/newyearseve. 12/31, 6 pm & midnight.



Mon. Banquet Hall Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown Road, Newark.

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

USS Delaware The story of the battleship 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

Babes in the Woods

Take your baby on a journey to discover all the good things about nature. Learn how to spark the sense of wonder in your little one.Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 Chapman Rd., Doylestown; must preregister. $40 nonmembers; $30 members. Wed. Closes 1/26.

Bouncy Booktime Children's Story Hour Children will enjoy a different story each week. Lambertville (N.J.) 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 & Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W. Park Dr., Wilmington. www.candoplayground.org

Children's Storytime Stories & crafts. Barnes & Noble, 1805 Walnut St.; 215-665-0716. Closes 1/26.

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

Giggle Gang Twice-monthly programs featuring live entertainment, crafts, or nature classes. Springfield Mall, 1250 Baltimore Pike. Closes 1/20.

Gosling Gang & Kit Crew Programs Fun outdoor preschool programs. Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 Chapman Rd., Doylestown. $55 nonmembers; $45 members. Closes 1/26.

Noon Year's Eve Celebration Early New Year's celebration w/games, crafts & sparkling apple cider. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington; registration suggested. $3. 12/31. 11 am-1 pm.

Story Time at the Zoo Monthly program of animal-themed stories. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington. $2. 1/20.

Storytime New stories read weekly. Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington; 302-487-9677. Closes 1/28.

Storytime Kids can enjoy a new story weekly. Borders Books & Music, 4221 Concord Pike, Wilmington.

Wee Have Fun Club: 'Big Foot' Tracks Wee Have Fun Club programs offer a variety of nature, story & art activities for young kids. Bellevue State Park, 800 Carr Rd., Wilmington; registration required: 302-761-6963. $3. Closes 1/5.

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 & under. 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. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. www.discoverymuseum.com. New Year's at Noon. 12/31. $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. Countdown to Noon Celebration. 12/31. Target First Wednesdays. $2. 1/5. 5-7 pm. $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. smithkidsplayplace.org. Smith the Kids' Play Place in the Park-Playground. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.