Events for the family

Posted: September 28, 2007

Special Events

The 13th Annual Barrymore Awards Recognizes excellence in theatre. Theatre Alliance: 215-413-7150, www.theateralliance.com. The Crystal Tea Room, 100 Penn Square East; 215-627-5100. $25-$150. 10/1 7 pm.

*FREE* Fall Festival Live music, pumpkin painting, cider pressing, candle dipping, food, crafts & more. Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600A Verree Rd.; 215-685-0470. www.fairmountpark.org/PennypackEC. 9/29 11 am-4 pm.

Great Grapes Wine, Arts & Food Festival Wine tastings & seminars, cooking demonstrations, live music & more. Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 52nd St. at Parkside; 215-546-7900. www.manncenter.org. $20 advance; $25 day of event. 9/29-9/30 noon.

*FREE* Pet Fest Two days of activities, advice & more for animals & their owners. Schuylkill Banks, Market St.; 215-222-6030. www.schuylkillbanks.org. 9/29 11 am-3 pm. 9/30 noon-4 pm.

Philadelphia Book & Paper Fair Out-of-print books, autographs, prints, maps & related items for sale. Pennsylvania National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Rd.; 215-336-2000. $5. 9/29 10 am-4:30 pm.

3rd Annual Make Your Mark 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Walk for Melanoma Research & Awareness Held in Tyler State Park, Richboro PA. Proceeds raised by Mark Allen Friedman Foundation to be donated to melanoma/skin cancer research. 215-441-4421. 9/30 8:30 am.

Brandywine Valley Harvest Festival Several area vineyards & wineries offer tastings, tours & entertainment. Activities vary by location. $25. 9/29-9/30 noon-5 pm. Folly Hill Vineyards, 700 Folly Hill Rd., Kennett Square; 610-388-5895. www.follyhillvineyards.com. Kreutz Creek Vineyards, 553 S. Guernsey Rd., West Grove; 610-869-4412. www.kreutzcreekvineyards.com. Paradocx Vineyard, 452 Chesterville Rd., Landenberg; 610-255-5684. www.paradocx.com. Va La Family Farmed Wines, 8820 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale; 610-268-2702. www.valavineyards.com.

Car Show & Family Fun Day Children's games & activities, raffle, food & beverage, DJs & more. Proceeds to benefit West Norriton Police Association. Rain date 9/30. Valley Forge Marketplace, 600 S. Trooper Rd., West Norriton; 610-834-1550. 9/29 noon-4 pm. Clutch Control 2007 Sportbike expo & stunt competitions. 610-757-1059. info@everything-but-the-bike.com. Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia; 610-354-8212. www.vfconventioncenter.com. $15 advance; $20 day of show. 9/29 10 am-7 pm.

Drive-In Movie Night Two '50s featured films, a '50s car show, games & a hoola hoop contest. Information 717-249-7610. Cumberland Drive-In, 715 Centerville Rd., Newville; 717-776-5212. www.drive-ins.com/theater/patcumb. $6; $3 children under 12. 9/29 5 pm.

East Bradford Day Canoeing, hayrides, guided hikes, live bee hive demonstrations & other activities. 610-353-5587. Stroud Preserve, 454 North Creek Rd., West Chester; 610-696-6824. www.natlands.org. 9/29.

*FREE* Fall Harvest: Springton Manor Farm's Family Day Kid's activities, craft & food vendors, moon bounce, stage shows, caricatures, strolling entertainment & more. Bring clothes to "stuff a scarecrow.". Springton Manor Farm, 860 Springton Road, Glenmoore; 610-942-2450. www.chesco.org/ccparks. 9/29 10 am-4 pm.

*FREE* Greek Festival Greek food, music, dancing & children's activities. St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 30 E. Forge Rd., Media; 610-459-0366. www.stgeorgemedia.org. 10/4 5-9 pm.

Happy Birthday Carousel Weekend Antique Herschel Spillman Carousel turning 110 years old. Rides, birthday cake & more. 215-598-7165. Carousel Village, 591 Durham Rd. (Rte. 413), Wrightstown; 215-598-0707. www.carouselvillage.com. $1.10 carousel ride. Birthday cake celebration 1 pm-2 pm. 9/29-9/30 11 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Harvest Party Bonfire, children's activities & worship service for adults. Brandywine Summit Camp Meeting, 119 Beaver Valley Rd., Chadds Ford; 610-459-4804. www.bscmai.org. 9/29 2 pm.

Harvest Tea Greet autumn with an elegant English-style tea. Reservations required: 610-623-1514. Secret Garden Unique Gifts, 84 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne; 610-623-1514. www.thegardenchurch.org/secretgarden. $15; $10 children 10 & under. 9/29 1 pm.

*FREE* Italian Festival Annual festival held in honor of Saints Cosmas & Damian. SS. Cosmas & Damian Parish, 209 W. Fifth Ave., Conshohocken; 610-828-0101. sscosmasanddamian.com. 9/28-9/30 6-10 pm.

Jellies to Jewels Boutique: Benefit for the Philadelphia Orchestra Boutique items, popular jellies, jams & candy sale benefits the Philadelphia Orchestra. Philadelphia Country Club, 1601 Spring Mill Rd., Gladwyne; 610-525-6000. www.philadelphiacc.net. $10. 10/4 10 am-6 pm. Jellies to Jewels Girls' Night Out event - $40. 10/4 6-9 pm.

Latin American Dinner Proceeds benefit the Students of the Light Home for internally displaced children in Colombia South America. Reservations suggested. Glenside United Church of Christ, Abington Ave., Glenside; 215-887-1819. www.glensideucc.org. $15 advance; $20 day of event. 9/29 5:30 & 7:30 pm.

Longaberger Basket Bingo Proceeds to benefit Joubert Syndrome Foundation. Contact Jolyn Merlino at 484-467-3281. Kimberton Fire Company, 61 Fire House Lane, Kimberton; 610-935-1388. www.kimbertonfire.org. $25. 9/30 noon-5 pm.

*FREE* Open House at Meadowbrook Farm Day will include self-guided tours, tasty refreshments & activities for little ones. Meadowbrook Farm, 1633 Washington Lane, Meadowbrook; 215-988-8869. www.meadowbrookfarm.org. 9/29 10 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Pennsauken Township Fall Festival & Car Show Held along Westfield Ave. from Browning to Cove Rds. Rain date 10/7. 856-665-1000. 9/30 11 am-4 pm.

Step for Survival: 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk & Dog Walk Prizes awarded to top three male & female finishers in a variety of age groups. Registration required. 610-876-1479, 610-299-6694. Russell Elementary School, 2201 Sproul Rd., Broomall; 610-359-4310. $10-$55. Registration 7:30 am. 9/29 9 am.

*FREE* Sukkot Pumpkin Festival Sukkot celebration featuring face painting, pumpkin patch, music, crafts & juggling. Congregation Beth Or, 239 Welsh Rd., Maple Glen; 215-646-5806. www.bethor.org. 9/30 1 pm.

*FREE* Yardley Harvest Day Special fine art & crafts festival, sponsored by Makefield Women's Association & Yardley Business Association, featuring lots of family entertainment, food vendors, car show, booths & more. Held rain or shine. West Afton Ave. from Main St. to Breece Dr., Yardley; 215-321-7648. www.makefieldwomensassociation.org. 9/29 9 am-4 pm.

19th Annual Githens Center Bike & Walk-A-Thon 50, 70 & 100-mile bike rides, and 1,3 & 5 mile walks. Registration required: 609-261-1667. Bobby's Run School, 32 Dimsdale Dr., Lumberton; 609-702-5555. www.lumberton.k12.nj.us. $35 ($50 per family) registration fee includes lunch, refreshments & T-shirt. Walks 10 am. 9/29 8 am.

American Rock-n-Roll-Ribs-Chili Cook-Off Chili competition, plus live entertainment. For tickets, call 856-794-4000 x4647 or 856-794-8653. Downtown Vineland, Landis Ave., Vineland; 856-794-8653. www.mainstreetvineland.org. $5. 9/29 3-8 pm.

Annual Chowderfest Two days of great music, food & lots of excitement. Call 609-494-7211 for information. Taylor Avenue Ballfield, 9th St. & Taylor Ave., Beach Haven; 609-494-7211. $18-$45 Chowder Cook-Off Classic; free on Saturday. 9/29 10 am-4 pm. 9/30 11 am-4 pm.

*FREE* BookFest 2007 Cookbook author appearances, readings, stories, music, craft activities, writing workshops & more. 732-341-8738, 732-946-2711. Ocean County Library, 101 Washington St., Toms River; 732-349-6200. oceancountylibrary.org/Branches/TR/tr.htm. 9/29 10 am-3 pm.

Chopper Xpo Motorcycle & sports bike convention. Displays, accessories & celebrity guests. Atlantic City Convention Center, 2001 Kirkman Blvd., Atlantic City; 609-646-1640. www.accenter.com. $15; $7 children 18 & under advance; $18, $10 children 18 & under day of event. 9/29-9/30 10 am.

Colonial Brewing & Tavern Cooking Camden County Historical Society, 1900 Park Blvd., Camden; 856-964-3333. www.cchsnj.com. $25. 9/29 noon-4 pm.

Corn Roast Festival Featuring a scarecrow making workshop, corn dollies & more. Burlington County Community Agricultural Center, Centerton Rd., Moorestown; 609-265-5068. 9/29 8:30 am-1 pm.

*FREE* Fall Open House Carnival Petting zoo, balloon art, cartoon visitor, games, food, crafts & prizes. Jodi Schectman's Communication Station, 2003 D. Lincoln Dr. W., Marlton; 856-810-2555. www.communicationstation.ws. 9/28 4-6:30 pm.

Greek Agora 2007 Live entertainment, authentic Greek food & desserts, imported gifts & toys & a drawing for a trip to Greece for two. St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church, 615 Mercer St., Cherry Hill; 856-665-1731. www.stthomasgoc.org. 10/4-10/6 11 am.

Mercer County Italian American Festival Three day event with rides, live entertainment, great food & more. Mercer County Park, Hughes Dr., West Windsor; 609-989-6559. $2. 9/28-9/30 noon-10 pm.

Motorcycle Car Poker Run & Cruise Day Begins at Naval Air Engineering Station, Lakehurst. Registration required: 732-367-7000. Harley Davidson of Ocean County, 300 Rte. 70, Lakewood; 732-367-7000. www.harleydavidsonofoceancounty.com. $15 for rider & participating passenger; $10 for non-participating passenger. 9/30 11 am-3 pm.

The Mountain Boys at Hancock House 1 pm tour of the historic house. 2 pm concert. Bring lawn chair, lunch/snacks. Hancock House, Three Front St., Hancock's Bridge; 856-935-4373. Donations accepted. Tour 1 pm. 9/30 2 pm.

*FREE* Music Under the Stars Special event featuring a food tent, concert by Ceili Rain & evening fireworks. Gloucester County Community Church, 359 Chapel Heights Rd., Sewell; 856-582-3834. www.gcccpray.com. 9/30 5 pm.

*FREE* Ocean County Decoy & Gunning Show Shooting & carving demonstrations, art displays, boat building, rubber duck racing & more. Pinelands Regional High School, Nugentown Rd., Tuckerton; 609-296-3106. 9/29-9/30 7 am-4 pm. Seaman County Park, 120 Lakeside Dr., Tuckerton; 609-296-5606. Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton; 609-296-8868. www.tuckertonseaport.org.

Oktoberfest Activities include Umpah Band, authentic German food, crafts, antiques, collectibles & a "German Beer Garden." Jackson Street. Downtown, Cape May; 609-463-6415. www.capemay.com. Prices vary. 9/29 9 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Pizza, Pasta & Pastry Festival Pizza & pasta eating contests, children's activities, Italian pastries, craft vendors, cooking demos, live music & more. 732-341-8738, 732-946-2711. Downtown Toms River, Main St., Toms River; 732-341-8738. www.downtowntomsriver.com. 9/29 11 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Welcome Day Fair Information on homecare & hospice services, health screenings, children's activities & more. Moorestown Visiting Nurses & Hospice, 300 Harper Dr., Moorestown; 856-552-1300. www.moorestownnva.org. 9/29 noon-3 pm.

Wild West Maze Six-acre maze. Choose your path, find the clues, use your instincts to break the code of this thrilling 3-D adventure. Scarecrow Hollow, 335 Quinton-Hancocks Bridge Rd., Salem; 856-935-3469. www.scarecrowhollow.org. $8.50; $6.50 children 2-11; free for children under 2. 9/29 10 am-6 pm. 9/30 noon-6 pm.

The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions Sovereign Bank Arena, 550 S. Broad St., Trenton; 609-656-3200. www.sovereignbankarena.com. $22.50-$29.50. 9/28 7:30 pm.

National Public Lands Day Owl-themed programs & crafts as well as conservation programs. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington; 302-571-7747. www.brandywinezoo.org. Included in admission. 9/29 10 am-4 pm.

Kids' Stuff

*FREE* Milkshake Educational, funny, upbeat songs that kids can dance to. Dravo Plaza, S. Madison St., Wilmington; 302-425-4890. www.milkshakemusic.com. 9/29 2 pm.

SteveSongs World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400; www.worldcafelive.com. $10; $7 children. 9/29 11:30 am.

Dining With Dr. Seuss! Enjoy great food, Dr. Seuss movies, Dr. Seuss trivia & a Seuss character appearance & photo session. The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood; 856-869-0111. www.thepopshopusa.com. 10/3 11:30 am-9:30 pm.

Elmer's Haymazin' Maze & Happy Hayrides Storybook Land, 6415 Black Horse Pike, Cardiff; 609-641-7847. www.storybookland.com. Included in admission. 10/4 10 am-3 pm.

Face Painting Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media; 610-874-4678. www.linvilla.com. $5-$10. 10/1-10/5 10 am-3:30 pm.

Harvest Hayrides Hayride through fields & orchards. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media; 610-874-4678. www.linvilla.com. $6. 10/1-10/5 12:30-4 pm.

Harvest Moon Howl Evening under the stars with a campfire, stories & snacks. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Rd., Lake Ariel; 570-689-9494. www.lacawac.org. $7; $5 members; $3 children 12 & under. 9/29 6:30 pm.

Kid's Pumpkin Decorating Storybook Land, 6415 Black Horse Pike, Cardiff; 609-641-7847. www.storybookland.com. Included in admission. 10/4-10/5 10 am-3 pm.

Little Screamers Kid-friendly hayride, corn maze & face painting. Field of Screams, Mountville Exit on Rte. 30, Mountville; 717-285-7748; www.fieldofscreams.net. $3; $5 children under 10. 9/30 6-7:30 pm.

*FREE* Make a Splash! Water Festival This 6th annual event features interactive activities that celebrate the important role of water in our lives. Palmyra Cove Nature Park, 1300 Rte. 73 North, Palmyra; 856-829-1900; www.projectwet.org. 9/28 9:15 am-1:30 pm.

Camden Children's Garden 3 Riverside Dr., Camden; 856-365-8733. www.camdenchildrensgarden.org. Butterfly house, maze, treehouse & more. 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 featuring an activity wonderland for infants through age 10. Subaru Science Shop Grand Opening - Science demonstrations & other activities tied to the opening of the museum's newest exhibit. 9/28-9/30. Ongoing: Interesting & interactive exhibits include a newspaper office & television studio with remote reporting locations; authentic-looking, action-filled Silver Diner, a Check Up exhibit that teaches about healthy bodies & much more. $9.95; $8.95 seniors; free for children under 1. As of Oct. 1: Sun.-Fri. 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sat. 9:30 am-8:30 pm.

Insectarium 8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500. www.insectarium.com. Arthropod Month - Question & answer workshop on various insects. 9/29 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. Count's Halloween Spooktacular - Dress in costume, trick or treat throughout the park, hayrides, visit Count's castle & more. 9/29 10 am-5 pm. LazyTown Live! - Show on Nick Jr. that blends movement, music, comedy & storytelling in a colorful, fast-paced, upside-down world. Res. recommended. 9/29-9/30 11:15 am, 12:30 & 4:15 pm. $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

Arcadia University 450 S. Easton Rd., Glenside; 215-572-2900. www.arcadia.edu. Sunshine O'Donnell: Open Me. 10/3 7:30 pm.

Barnes & Noble - Rittenhouse Square 1805 Walnut St.; 215-665-0716. www.bn.com. William Guarnere & Edward Heffron: Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends. 10/4 7 pm.

Giovanni's Room 345 S. 12th St.; 215-923-2960. www.giovannisroom.com. Renee Bess: Breaking Jaie. 9/28 5:30 pm. Lazaro Lima: The Latino Body. 9/29 5:30 pm. Sheppard Kominars: Write for Life. 10/4 5:30 pm.

International House of Philadelphia 3701 Chestnut St.; 215-387-5125. www.ihousephilly.org. Joseph Lanza: Phallic Frenzy - Lanza reads from his book & presents an introduction to the film 'The Music Lovers.' $7; $5 students & seniors. 9/28 7 pm.

Ocean County Library 101 Washington St., Toms River; 732-349-6200. oceancountylibrary.org/Branches/TR/tr.htm. BookFest 2007 - Cookbook author appearances, readings, stories, music, craft activities, writing workshops & more. 732-341-8738, 732-946-2711. 9/29 10 am-3 pm.

Philadelphia Art Alliance 251 S. 18th St.; 215-545-4302. www.philartalliance.org. Jim McClelland: Philadelphia Guide to Visual & Performing Arts. 10/1 6 pm.

Burlington County Library 5 Pioneer Blvd., Westampton; 609-267-9660. www.bcls.lib.nj.us. Paranormal Investigating: Capturing Ghosts' Pictures & Voices - NJ Ghost Hunters Society founder L'aura L. Hladik presents this lecture. Reg. req. 9/30 2 pm.

Deptford Township Municipal Building 1011 Cooper St., Deptford; 856-845-5300. www.deptford-nj.org. Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust: Jottings in the Woods - Prose readings, commentary & a film about the Land Trust. Refreshments served. 384-6582. 9/28 7 pm.

Franklin Township Library & Community Center 1584 Coles Mill Rd., Franklinville; 856-694-2833. www.franklintownship.com/library/index.stm. South Jersey Ghost Research Presentation - Multi-media presentation on ghost research in the vicinity. 10/4 6:30 pm.

*FREE* Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322. www.library.phila.gov. Banned Books Reading - Local musicians, actors & others read from censored books. 10/1 7 pm. On the Road 50th Anniversary Celebration - Musical performance by Kerouac collaborator Dave Amram & panel discussion. 10/4 7 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. 10/3 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. 10/2 7 pm.

Philadelphia Art Alliance 251 S. 18th St.; 215-545-4302. www.philartalliance.org. Last Friday Series - Evening of visual, literary & performance offerings at the nation's oldest multidisciplinary arts center. Included in admission. 9/28 7 pm.

The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts 736-38 S. Broad St.; 215-893-9912. www.clefclubofjazz.org. Power Friday Series - Intelligent & engaging discussion, literary readings & films with live jazz & great food. $10. Doors 6 pm. 9/28 7-9 pm.

The University of Pennsylvania - Kelly Writer's House 3805 Locust Walk; 215-573-9748. www.writing.upenn.edu/wh. Irwin Chusid: Songs in the Key of Z - Presentation on "outsider" music by music historian & author. 10/4 6 pm.

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