Events for the family

Posted: September 07, 2007

Special Events

11th Annual Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe Theater, dance, performance art, music, poetry, puppetry, visual art & more. Closes 9/15. Various venues. www.livearts-fringe.org. 215-413-1318. Free-$35.

2007 Black Film & Media Conference Two-day event featuring film screenings, theatrical performances, networking events, panels, workshops & more. For registration or more info, go to www.ibfmc.com. International House, 3600 Chestnut St. 9/7-9/8.

33rd Annual Irish Music & Dance Festival Five days of traditional music, dancing, workshops, vendors, food & drink, poetry & more. The Irish Center (Commodore Barry Club), 6815 Emlen St.; 215-843-8051. theirishcenter.com. 9/7 8 pm, 9/8 noon, 9/9 2 pm.

*FREE* No Bones About It: Commerce Bank Carnivale for Dogs Upscale puppy party, dog adoption, health & training tips, treats, arts & crafts, storytime. Rittenhouse Square, 1800 Walnut Square; 215-625-9255. www.ushistory.org/districts/rittenhouse. 9/8 10 am-2 pm.

Open House Fox Chase will be open for visitors to explore the farm & see the animals. Fox Chase Farm, 8500 Pine Rd.; 215-728-7900. www.foxchasefarm.org. $3. 9/8 10 am-noon.

*FREE* Russian Mosaic Festival Part of the PECO multicultural series presented by Independence Blue Cross. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386. www.pennslandingcorp.com. 9/9 noon-8 pm.

70th Annual Oktoberfest/Sportfest Soccer, fistball exhibition, parade, keg tapping, German/folk music & dance, children's activities. Vereinigung Erzgebirge, 130 Davisville Rd., Warminister; 215-675-5380. veclub.org. Donation suggested: $5 advance; $4 day of event; free for children under 16. Parade 2 pm. 9/9 11 am-10 pm.

*FREE* 8th Annual Scottish Irish Festival & Highland Games Live Irish/Celtic music & more. Green Lane Park, 2144 Snyder Rd., Green Lane; 215-234-4528. www2.montcopa.org/parks. 9/7 7 pm. 9/8 10 am-10 pm. 9/9 noon-4 pm.

*FREE* Annual Tamanend Park Day Drum singers & dancers, magic, colonial cooking, butterfly tagging, crafts, petting farm, pony rides & more. Tamanend Park, 1255 Second St. Pike, Southampton; 215-355-9781. www.southamptonpa.com/parkandrec/index.html. 9/8 10 am-4 pm.

*FREE* Bristol Lions Italian Day Festival Italian food, live music & raffle. Bristol Lions Park, Mill & Radcliffe Sts., Bristol; 215-788-3828. www.bristolborough.com. 9/9 1-8 pm.

*FREE* Chadds Ford Days: The Fair at the Ford Food, entertainment, crafts & children activities. Chadds Ford Historical Society, 1736 North Creek Rd., Chadds Ford; 610-388-7376. www.chaddsfordhistory.org. 9/8 11 am-7 pm. 9/9 11 am-5 pm.

Flour Milling Demonstrations National Historic Landmark grist mill. Hands-on activities. Mill at Anselma, Conestoga Rd. (Rt. 401), Chester Springs; 610-827-1906. www.anselmamill.org. $5; $4 seniors; $3 children. 9/8 1-4 pm.

Hartstrings Special savings on Hartstrings children's apparel. 610-687-6900. Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia; 610-354-8212. www.hartstrings.com. 9/7 9 am-8 pm. 9/8 9 am-5 pm. 9/9 10 am-3 pm.

Job Fair Philadelphia Premium Outlets, which open in November, invites job seekers to join over 100 outlet stores for a Job Fair. Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia; 610-337-4000. www.premiumoutlets.com/philadephia. 9/7 8 am-6 pm.

*FREE* Limerick Community Day 5K Race, Business Expo, food vendors, local organizations & fun for the whole family. Limerick Community Park, Ziegler Rd., Limerick; 610-495-6432. www.mclt.org/openspaces/limerick.htm. Race registration 8 am. 9/8 11 am-4 pm.

Philadelphia National Stamp Exhibition Over 55 dealers representing all areas of philately, society meetings, seminars & postal agencies. 610-828-8631. Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia; 610-354-8212. home.att.net/~pnse. 9/7 11 am-6 pm. 9/8 10 am-6 pm. 9/9 10 am-3 pm.

*FREE* Phoenixville Street Music Series Series of outdoor concerts, magic shows, sketches, ballloon art & other entertainment. Downtown Phoenixville, 100 & 200 Blocks of Bridge St., Phoenixville; 484-880-1530. www.mainstreetphoenixville.org. 9/7 6-9:15 pm.

Warminster Days Community carnival & festival. Warminster Community Park, Hatboro Rd., Warminster; 215-443-5428. www.warminsterdays.org. $5, $1 children 3-12; $2 parking fee; additional fee for ride tickets. 9/7 6-11 pm. 9/8 4-11 pm. 9/9 1-6 pm.

*FREE* 15th Annual Frankling Township Community Day This year's theme is 'The Pirates of Franklin' & the event will feature food booths, games, crafts, live bands, children's activities, fire truck displays, 5-K run, bike-decorating contest, fireworks (weather permitting) & more. Mary F. Janvier School, 3228 Coles Mill Rd., Franklinville; 856-694-1234, ext. 7. 9/8 9 am-dusk.

Atlantic City In-Water Power Boat Show Sport & motor yachts, sports fishing yachts & performance boats. 215-732-8001. Senator Frank S. Farley State Marina, 600 Huron Ave., Atlantic City; 609-441-8482. www.acinwaterboatshow.com. $20; $5 children under 12. 9/7 11 am-7 pm. 9/8 10 am-7 pm. 9/9 10 am-6 pm.

*FREE* Red Hat Day Fashion show, scavenger hunt, contests & more. Towne of Historic Smithville, 1 N. New York Rd., Smithville; 609-748-7160. historicsmithvillenj.com. 9/12 noon-4 pm.

*FREE* Renaissance Festival Art projects, puzzles & games, music, a live chess game & much more. Come dressed in period costume. Barnes & Noble, 1553 Almonesson Rd., Deptford; 856-232-3123. www.bn.com. 9/8 1-4 pm.

Street Rod Weekend Classic car show. Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk, Ocean City; 609-399-1989. 9/7-9/9 10 am.

TWT Lions Chicken & Barbecue Annual Picnic Door prizes, swimming, games, food & DJ. Call 856-625-8009 for information. Camp Sun & Fun, US Highway 322 & Highway 555, Williamstown; 856-629-2721. $12; $6 children; free for children 4 & under. 9/8 noon-4 pm.

*FREE* West Deptford Family Fun Day Amusements, games, entertainment, costumed characters, food, pony rides, crafters, exhibits, car show, concert, parade, fireworks & more. RiverWinds Community Center, 1000 RiverWinds Dr., Thorofare; 856-251-0990. www.riverwinds.org. Concert & fireworks 8:30 pm. 9/8 10 am-4 pm.

Nature Explorers Nature-themed crafts, games & activities. Brandywine Creek State Park, Rtes 92 & 100, Wilmington; Registration required: 302-655-5740. www.destateparks.com/bcsp/bcsp.asp. $5. 9/13 1:30-2:15 pm.

Kids' Stuff

BoyintheShade World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400; www.worldcafelive.com. $10; $7 children. 9/8 11:30 am.

Laurie Berkner Band Fun, infectious tunes featuring whimsical wordplay. Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999. www.twotomatoes.com. $35. 9/8 11 am.

Terrific Toddlers Nature & science-themed stories, games & activities. Brandywine Creek State Park, Rtes 92 & 100, Wilmington; Registration required: 302-655-5740. www.destateparks.com/bcsp/bcsp.asp. $5. 9/13 9:30-10:15 am.

Zoo Snooze Campouts Zoo overnight camping opportunity. Meals included. Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown; 610-277-3825. www.elmwoodparkzoo.org. $40. Overnight to 9 am. 9/7 8 pm.

Camden Children's Garden 3 Riverside Dr., Camden; 856-365-8733. www.camdenchildrensgarden.org. Butterfly house, maze, treehouse & more. Hefty Harvest & Scary Scarecrows - Celebration of the bountiful harvest includes games, crafts & entertainment. 9/8 11 am-4 pm. Volunteers Needed for Camden Children's Garden - 2nd & 4th Sat. 11 am-4 pm. $5; $3 ages 3-11; free for children 2 & under. Daily 10 am-5 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. www.discoverymuseum.com. Hands-on children's museum with 10 exhibit areas & workshops. Bye Bye Butterfly - Program on butterflies, followed by butterfly release. 9/9 1 pm. Ongoing: Arts & Imagination - Children's crafts area; Best Friends on Main Street - Pet care exhibit; Bubble Trouble - The science of bubbles featuring interactive activities & displays; Down the Shore - Life in Southern New Jersey; Egyptian Pyramid - Ancient Egypt themed exhibit; Fleet Backstage Theater - Stage area where children can make their own productions; Inky's Newsroom - Kids can pretend to work on a newspaper; Nature Center - Animal & nature-themed costumes, puppets & displays as well as a live turtle & snake; Recycled Rhythm Shack - Exhibit on creatively recycling household items; Vet & Pet - Kids can learn about biology & pet care or pretend to be a vet. $9.95; $8.95 seniors; free for children under 1. Daily 9:30 am-5:30 pm.

Insectarium 8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500. www.insectarium.com. Ongoing: Arachnid Alley - Exhibit about spiders; Cockroach Kitchen - Live cockroach exhibit; Insect Museum - Thousands of mounted & live specimens, interactive exhibits; Working Beehive - Live bee exhibit. $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. Attractions include a wrap-around gym, a rock wall, soft-play section for babies & toddlers, an outside seating area & more. Mondays 10 am-3 pm are reserved for children with special needs & their families. See website for more details. $6.95. Tue.-Thu. 10 am-8 pm; Fri.-Sat. 10 am-9 pm; Sun. 10 am-8 pm.

The Please Touch Museum 210 N. 21st St.; 215-963-0667. www.pleasetouchmuseum.org. Arts & crafts, stories, theater, interactive exhibits, hands-on activities & more. Target First Fridays - $2; free for children under 1. 9/7 5-7 pm. Dragons & Fairies: Exploring Vietnam Through Folktales - Hands-on, interactive learning exhibit. Closes 9/9. $9.95; free for children under 1. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm.

Sesame Place 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne; 215-752-7070. www.sesameplace.com. Family amusement park where beloved Sesame Street characters come to life through parades, rides (including the roller coaster, Vapor Trail), live shows, play areas (Big Bird's Court, Elmo's World, etc.), meal times with furry friends (Breakfast with Cookie Monster, Lunch with Big Bird, etc.) & more. Healthy Habits Scavenger Hunt - Join the fun looking for "healthy" things. 9/8-9/9 10 am-6 pm. Healthy Habits Weekend - Miles & Gabi from Sesame will educate guests with fun live shows about eating right, exercise & sleep. 9/8-9/9 11:30 am, 3:15 pm & 4:45 pm. $44.50; $39.50 seniors; free for children under 2. Fri., Mon.-Thu. 10 am-5 pm; Sat.-Sun. 10 am-8 pm.

*FREE* Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse Intersection of 33rd & Oxford Sts. in E. Fairmount Park; 215-765-4325. www.smithplayhouse.org. Three-story "play mansion" for children 0-5 yrs. old & huge outdoor play park for children 0-10 featuring the Giant Wooden Slide, the giant net climber, the Apollo spinner climber, the Biggo Duo swing & much more. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm. Children must be accompanied by adult.

Literary Calendar

Barnes & Noble - Rittenhouse Square 1805 Walnut St.; 215-665-0716. www.bn.com. Robert Ivker: One Town's Terror - 9/11, Iraq & Burlington Vermont. 9/11 7 pm.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers - The Court @ Oxford Valley 210 Commerce Blvd, Fairless Hills; 215-269-0442. www.bn.com. Stephenie Meyer: Eclipse. 9/12 7 pm.

Borders Books & Music 4010 Dearborn Circle, Mount Laurel; 856-866-9090. www.borders.com. Sal Paolantonio & Ruben Frank: The Paolantonio Report. 9/12 7 pm.

Borders Books & Music - Marlton 515 Rte. 73 South, Marlton; 856-985-5080. www.bordersstores.com. Ray Didinger: One Last Read. 9/8 5 pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322. www.library.phila.gov. Junot Diaz: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. 9/11 7 pm.

Ritz Theatre 915 Whitehorse Pike, Oaklyn; 856-858-5230. www.ritztheatreco.org. Michael Hogan: The Natural Wonders of the Jersey Pines & Shore. 9/7 7-9 pm.

Brenner's Brew 21 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton; 856-451-5885. www.brennersbrew.com. Poetry-Go-Around. $5. Sign-up 7 pm-7:30 pm. 9/8 7-11 pm.

Evangelical Manor 8401 Roosevelt Blvd. Judy Newman - Newman will discuss current theories about the causes of Tourette Syndrome. Q&A session follows. Register: 215-331-0466. 9/10 7 pm.

Franklin Township Library & Community Center 1584 Coles Mill Rd., Franklinville; 856-694-2833. www.franklintownship.com/library/index.stm. Herbal Showcase: Celebrating Ten Years of Herbal Delights - Mini-lectures on herbs & herbal crafts. 9/9 2 pm.

Gloucester City Library 50 N. Railroad Ave., Gloucester City; 856-456-4181. www.gloucestercitylibrary.org. David Munn, Historian & Author Presentation - Mr. David Munn will give a presentation for the Gloucester City Historical Society. 9/12 7 pm.

Independence National Historical Park 6th & Markets Sts.; 215-965-2305. www.nps.gov/inde. How Did 18th-Century Americans Capture Their Image? - This talk explores how individuals could have their silhouettes made on a physiognotrace. $10. 9/7 7-8 pm.

Robin's Bookstore 108 S. 13th St.; 215-735-9600. www.robinsbookstore.com. Sandy Crimmins Tribute Reading - Reading of works by the late Philadelphia poet Crimmins. 9/11 6 pm.

Taylor Hospital 175 E. Chester Pike, Ridley Park; 610-595-6151. www.crozer.org. Beating the Bug: Know the Difference Between Flu & Cold - John Traverso, D.O., will present this informative lecture. Registration required: 800-254-3258. 9/10 noon-1 pm.

The University of Pennsylvania - Kelly Writer's House 3805 Locust Walk; 215-573-9748. www.writing.upenn.edu/wh. Bernadette Mayer & Lee Ann Brown - Readings by two New York poets. 9/13 6 pm.

W.G. Williams Community Center 1016 S. St.; 000-000-0000. Eco Poetry Project Reading - Features line-up of Philadelphia writers with smart, diverse takes on "green" poetry. 9/9 4-6 pm.

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