Events for the family

Posted: September 21, 2007

Special Events

12th Annual Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern-making & parade, art activities, games, lion dance procession & more. 10th St. between Arch & Race Sts. 215-925-1538. 9/22 1-10 pm.

13th Annual Sippin' by the River Outdoor Wine & Beer Tasting Festival World-famous wines & beers, gourmet cuisine, food sampling, cooking demos, live entertainment. 215-893-1999, www.ticketphiladelphia.org. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386. www.pennslandingcorp.com. $30 advance; $40 day of event. 9/23 1-5 pm.

*FREE* 37th Annual German-American Steuben Parade Parade starts at Rhawn St., proceeding south on Frankford Ave. Gala banquet 9/21. 215-322-4919. Call 215-332-3400 for information. Ecumenical Mass at noon. 9/22 2 pm.

City-Wide Men Reclaiming Their Position Conference Learn more about what your position is spiritually, economically & socially. Open to men of all ages/backgrounds. 215-365-1810. Eastwick Worship Center UMC, 6630 Lindberg Blvd.; 215-365-1810. 9/21-9/23.

*FREE* Family Campfire Stories, refreshments & more. Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600A Verree Rd.; 215-685-0470. www.fairmountpark.org/PennypackEC. 9/21 7 pm.

*FREE* West Philadelphia Blues Fest Block Party Live music by talented local performers, street vending, children's activities & more. The Partnership CDC, 4020 Market St.; 215-662-1612. www.thepartnershipcdc.org. 9/22 noon-4 pm.

*FREE* 125th Anniversary Celebration Special worship service & luncheon, photo display on history of church, music, self-guided tour. Reservations: 215-887-1074. Carmel Presbyterian Church, 100 Edge Hill Rd., Glenside; 215-887-1074. www.presbycarmel.org. 9/23 9:30 am.

Annual Carnival Rides, games of chance, funnel cake, food served nightly by some of areas finest restaurants, baked goods, bingo & live entertainment. Holy Martyrs Church, 121 Allison Rd., Oreland; 215-884-8575. holymartyrschurch.net. 9/21-9/22.

*FREE* Majestic Midways Carnival Broomall Fire Company sponsors this carnival event featuring rides, games, face painting & more. Broomall Fire Company, 10 N. Malin Rd., Broomall; 610-353-5225. www.broomallfirecompany.com. 9/21 6-11 pm. 9/22 3-11 pm. 9/23 noon-6 pm.

*FREE* Upper Providence Township Community Day Car show, business expo, children's entertainment, music, crafts, bingo & more. Black Rock Park, Black Rock Rd., Oaks; 610-933-9179. 9/22 noon-8 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; 610-354-8212. www.vfconventioncenter.com. $8. 9/21 4-8 pm. 9/22 9 am-5 pm. 9/23 9 am-4 pm.

*FREE* Arts in the Park Annual festival featuring fine & performing arts & interactive activities. Historic Smithville Park, Smithville Rd., Eastampton; 609-265-5068. 9/23 11 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Health Information & Safety Fair Learn about good health practices & services available throughout the area. Grace Temple Baptist Church, 15 E. Charleston Ave., Lawnside; 856-546-6130. 9/22 10 am-2 pm.

Sports Card, Comic Book, NASCAR & Collectible Show 50 dealer tables. Presented by A2Z Promotions; 302-559-7962, www.a2zshows1.com. Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown Road, Newark; 302-559-7962. www.a2zshows1.com. $2; free for children under 12. 9/23 10 am-3 pm.

Kids' Stuff

Audra Rox Brooklyn-based group AudraRox, with their energetic live shows & rocking attitude, are not your typical kids music band. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400; www.worldcafelive.com. $10; $7 children. 9/22 11:30 am.

Milk & Cookies Weekly sing-a-long for parents & toddlers. MilkBoy Coffee, 2 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; 610-645-5269. www.milkboycoffee.com. $10 per family. 9/23 10:30 am.

*FREE* Saturday Morning Pajama Party Wear your PJ's to The Pop Shop for this fun event. The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood; 856-869-0111. www.thepopshopusa.com. 9/22 7:30-10:30 am.

*FREE* Soap & Lotion Making Workshop Children ages 10-15 will make their own soap & lotion products. Supplies & snacks provided. Reg. required. Paoli Public Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli; Registration required: 610-296-7996. www.tredyffrinlibraries.org. 9/22 3-5 pm.

T-Mac Tournament 2007 Softball & horseshoe tournaments, picnic & scholarship awards ceremony. Burholme Park, Cottman Ave.; 215-636-1666. 9/22 10 am.

Camden Children's Garden 3 Riverside Dr., Camden; 856-365-8733. www.camdenchildrensgarden.org. Butterfly house, maze, treehouse & more. Faeries & Wizards Festival - Celebrate these magical creatures with games, crafts, entertainment & more. 9/22 11 am-4 pm. Volunteers Needed - 2nd & 4th Sat. 11 am-4 pm. $5; $3 ages 3-11; free for children 2 & under. Tue.-Sun. 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. Nature Prints - Kids can use various natural materials & paint to create colorful prints. 9/22-9/23 11 am, 1 & 3 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. Arthropod Month - Question & answer workshop on various insects. 9/22 1 pm. 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. $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. $44.50; $39.50 seniors; free for children under 2. Weekends only.

*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. Nat Brandt & Yanna Kroyt Brandt: In the Shadow of the Civil War. 9/24 7 pm. Stephen Fried:Husbandry - Sex, Love & Dirty Laundry. 9/25 7:30 pm. Phillip Ryken The Literary Study Bible - ESV. 9/26 7 pm.

Borders Books & Music 601 Nassau Park Blvd., Princeton; 609-514-0040. www.borders.com. D. Michael Lindsay: Faith in the Halls of Power. 9/22 1 pm.

Borders Books & Music 515 Rte. 73 South, Marlton; 856-985-5080. www.bordersstores.com. Mary Beth Temple: The Secret Language of Knitters. 9/25 7 pm. Sal Paolantonio & Ruben Frank: The Paolantonio Report. 9/26 7 pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322. www.library.phila.gov. Ray Didinger: One Last Read. 9/26 7 pm.

Giovanni's Room 345 S. 12th St.; 215-923-2960. www.giovannisroom.com. Bob Smith: Selfish & Peverse. 9/26 5:30 pm.

*FREE* Abington Free Library 1030 Old York Rd., Abington; 215-885-5180. abg.mclinc.org. Everyone's a Critic - Emmy-winner & film critic Bill Wine shares his insights into the profession. 9/27 7-8:30 pm.

*FREE* Cherry Hill Public Library 1100 Kings Hwy. N., Cherry Hill; 856-667-0300. www.cherryhill.lib.nj.us. Haiti's Beaded Banners - Nancy Josephson will speak about the intricately beaded banners used in Haiti. 9/25 7 pm.

Delaware History Museum 504 Market St., Wilmington; 302-656-0637. www.hsd.org. Rails in Delaware - Illustrated lecture on the social history of the railroad in Delaware. 9/26 7 pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322. www.library.phila.gov. Edwidge Danticat/Edward P. Jones/Zakes Mda. $14; $7 students. 9/25 8 pm. Jeffrey Toobin - Author appearance & book promotion with the CNN legal analyst. $14; $7 students. 9/27 8 pm.

Greenfield Hall 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield; 856-429-7375. www.historicalsocietyofhaddonfield.org/greenfield.htm. From Internment to New Beginnings - John Fuyuume talks about the Japanese-American community of Seabrook, NJ. $5. 9/26 7:30 pm.

Harvest Book Outlet 9 E. State St., Media; 610-566-3191. www.harvestbooks.com. Poets & Prophets: Kenneth Pobo - Reading by Widener English professor. Open reading to follow. Donation suggested: $2. 9/25 7 pm.

Hilltown Township Municipal Building 13 W. Creamery Rd., Hilltown; 215-453-6000. www.hilltown.org. Mitch Harper: Gems & Minerals - Presentation about the gems & minerals of nearby historic Mill Grove. 9/26 7:30 pm.

Historic Langhorne Association 160 W. Maple Ave., Langhorne; 215-757-1888. hla.buxcom.net. Postcard Presentation - Program featuring postcards of Langhorne & neighboring towns. 9/24 7 pm.

Indian King Tavern Museum 233 Kings' Hwy. E., Haddonfield; 856-429-6792. The Battle of Fort Mercer - Presentation on historic battle. 9/22 3-4 pm.

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove 1201 Pawlings Rd., Audubon; 610-666-5593. pa.audubon.org/centers_mill_grove.html. Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding - Scott Weidensaul will discuss the Ned Smith exhibit & his new book. $20. 9/25 6-9 pm.

L'Etage 6th St.; 215-592-0656. www.creperie-beaumonde.com. First Person StorySlam - Ten participants tell true-life stories based on a theme & are awarded prizes. 267-402-2057. Donation suggested: $5. 9/25 7:30-10 pm.

MilkBoy Acoustic Cafe 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-527-0690. www.milkboycoffee.com. Open Mic - Aspiring poets & musicians present seven-minute sets. Sign up 6 pm. 9/26 7 pm.

MilkBoy Coffee 2 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; 610-645-5269. www.milkboycoffee.com. Open Mic - Musicians, poets & spoken word artists share their works with the crowd. Sign up 6 pm. 9/25 7 pm.

The Peak Center 315 W. Main St., Lansdale; 215-362-7432. www.peakcenter.org. Poetry Workshop - Read, write & discuss poetry. Registration required. $25 series of four classes. 9/24 10-11 am.

The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts 736-38 S. Broad St.; 215-893-9912. www.clefclubofjazz.org. Speak to Me - SpeaktoMe Inc. promotes the art of spoken word. $15-$25. 9/21 9 pm.

Slought Foundation 4017 Walnut St.; 215-701-4627. slought.org. Cinema Studies Colloquium: Screening the Avant-Garde Face - Lecture by film theorist Mary Ann Doane. 9/27 6:30-8 pm.

Temple University 1801 N. Broad St.; 215-204-7000. www.temple.edu. AMART Symposium - History of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps: Shock Troops of the Union - Displays, artifacts, living history followed by an Honor Ceremony at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Reservations required: 215-289-6484. $50 advance; $60 day of event includes breakfast, lunch & dinner. 9/22 8 am-7 pm.

Tin Angel at Serrano 20 S. 2nd St.; 215-928-0978. www.tinangel.com. Gas & Electric Arts: Generating - Curated storytelling series featuring non-professional storytellers hailing from all over Philadelphia. Reservations: 215-407-0556. $12. 9/24 8:30 pm.

The University of Pennsylvania - Kelly Writer's House 3805 Locust Walk; 215-573-9748. www.writing.upenn.edu/wh. Live at the Writer's House - One-hour taping of poetry, spoken word & live music, to be broadcast on WXPN. 9/24. Thomas Devaney: A Series of Small Boxes - Book release party & reception for Devaney's new book of poetry. 9/26 6 pm.

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