At noon on Saturday, the Chenille Sisters will take to the stage for a performance of swing songs, a la the Andrews Sisters. They will be followed by a musical movement program by Bethlehem's Dave Fry. On the schedule from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. are international folk-dancing demonstrations with lots of audience participation.
Young fans of Trout Fishing in America will have to wait until Sunday at 1 p.m. to hear "Throw 'em Out the Window" and "When I Was a Dinosaur." The children's concert by the Arkansas duo will include old favorites as well as the premiere of two new songs, "Mine" and "Boiled Okra and Spinach," from a soon-to-be-released album. Also on the program is American Indian storytelling by Robin Moore.
Throughout the festival, kids can sample a wide variety of activities and entertainment offered in Dulcimer Grove. Saturday at 1 p.m., area environmentalist and songwriter Dave Orleans will conduct a family eco- workshop featuring original songs, a question-and-answer session, and a recycling game. Other scheduled events are a fairy-tale puppet show by Tucker's Tales Puppet Theater (11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday), and children's storytelling by Robin Moore, Jim Albertson, Ed Stivender, Ted Fink and Lee Ellen (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon and 3 p.m. Sunday).
Also in Dulcimer Grove on Saturday and Sunday will be continuous juggling performances by the Give and Take Jugglers, and hands-on crafts. Call for a complete schedule of events.
At the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Old Pool Farm, Schwenksville, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. today; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission to the concerts for children under 12 with ticket-holding adult. Geared to ages 3 and older. Phone: 215-242-0150 or 800-556-3655.
FREE: KIDSFEST AT KING OF PRUSSIA. Free children's activities will abound at this Saturday's Kidsfest at the Court at King of Prussia. Beginning at 11 a.m., the celebration will offer hands-on arts and entertainment for youngsters ages 2 to 13.
Kids can try their hands at bookmark-making with leaf imprints, decorating cardboard sunglasses, and creating structures with K'NEX building pieces.
Artists from 5 to 13 can draw their interpretation of the Mona Lisa and enter a contest to win art supplies. Especially for the little ones there will be musical movement games with Gymbo-the-Clown; and storytelling by a costumed Clifford the Big Red Dog.
Other free festivities will include interactive and musical puppet performances by the Segal Puppet Theater (noon to 4 p.m.); and entertainment by Give and Take Jugglers' David Cousin (noon); balloon artist John Cassidy (1 p.m.), and magician Larry Taylor (2 p.m.).
At the Court at King of Prussia, 344 Goddard Blvd., King of Prussia, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Geared to ages 2 to 13. Phone: 215-337-3026.
FREE: CARTOONING AT ZANY BRAINY. Cherry Hill cartoonist Bruce Blitz will set up his easel at Zany Brainy in Strafford Saturday for a special free children's program. The host of the public-television series Blitz on Cartooning and author of six instructional videotape kits on drawing and cartooning, Blitz will give youngsters tips on drawing comic strip caricatures and cartoon characters.
During the 45-minute program Blitz also will show how to put expressions on characters, using markers and pastels to color cartoons, transforming a simple doodle into a character with a personality.
At Zany Brainy, 520 West Lancaster Ave., Strafford, at 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Geared to ages 6 and older. Phone: 215-293-2033.