Events for the family

Posted: November 02, 2007

Special Events

38th Bavarian Oktoberfest Live music, dancing, food & beverage & more. Reservations suggested: 610-544-2647. Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd.; 215-855-3367. www.cvvphilly.com. Donation suggested: $8.50 advance; $10 day of event. Doors 7 pm. 11/2 8 pm.

*FREE* Annual Senior Health Fair Provides direct access to service providers, health providers & health screenings such as blood pressure, flu shots, massages, etc. Lutheran Settlement House, 1340 Frankford Ave.; 215-426-8610. www.lutheransettlement.org. 11/2 8-11 am.

First Person Festival Films, discussions, workshops, art & more by outstanding local & nationally-known memoir & documentary artists. Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 2111 Sansom St.; 215-496-8001. www.phillyshakespeare.org. $0-$150. 11/7-11/8 5 pm.

*FREE* 2007 Apple Festival Craft show & craft demonstrations, apple treats galore, live entertainment, apple pie eating contest. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000. www.peddlersvillage.com. 11/3-11/4 10 am-6 pm.

Pumpkin Smash Resident animals are fed leftover pumpkins. Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown; 610-277-3825. www.elmwoodparkzoo.org. Included in admission. 11/3 11 am, noon, 1 & 2 pm.

Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival Running, power lifting, soccer, volleyball & bocce tournaments. Events also being held at Villanova University. The Shipley School, 814 Yarrow St., Bryn Mawr; 610-525-4300. www.shipleyschool.org. 11/3 8:30 am.

*FREE* Spiders & Stuff: Nature Night Hike Family night hike without flashlights. Reg. req. Green Lane Nature Center, 1492 Gravel Pike, Green Lane; 215-234-8497. 11/2 7:30 pm.

6th Annual Family Festival: Autumn With the Animals Nature-themed crafts, games, beekeeping display, reptile demos, birds of prey show & more. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd., Medford; 856-983-3329. www.cedarrun.org. $3-$5; $12-$15 all-day pass; nominal charges for food & rides. 11/3 1-5 pm.

AmeriHealth Bridge Challenge 10k foot race over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Benefits the Larc School. Campbell's Field, 401 North Delaware Ave., Camden; 856-963-2600. www.riversharks.com. $15-$45. 11/4 8:30 am.

Annual 5K Run 5K & Kids One Mile Fun Run. Benefits Family Service foster care & adoption programs. The Charles Yates Center for Children & Families, 79 Chestnut St., Lumberton; 609-518-5470. $10-$20; free for spectators. 11/3 9 am.

Blank Rome Festival of Arts, Books & Culture Appearances by many authors & special guest performers: Ed Koch, Neil Sedaka, Len Berman, Dennis Ross & more. Katz Jewish Community Center, 1301 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-4444. www.katzjcc.org. $0-$150. 11/3 8 pm. 11/4 10 am. 11/5 7 pm. 11/6-11/8 9:30 am.

Native American Adventure Corn Maze Fun & challenging experience for kids & adults alike. Springdale Farms, 1638 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-8674. www.springdalefarms.com. $9; $7.50 children 4-12. 11/3-11/4 10 am-4 pm.

Santa's Christmas Fair Santa Claus, children's entertainment, crafts, baked goods, holiday items & more. Grace Episcopal Church, 7 E. Maple Ave., Merchantville; 856-665-4117. www.gracechurchyouth.com. 11/3 10 am-3 pm.

*FREE* Delaware Book Festival Featuring authors & illustrators of children & adult books, workshops, children's activity tent, storybook characters & more. First State Heritage Park, 152 S. State St., Dover; 302-739-9194. www.debookfestival.lib.de.us. 11/3 10 am-4 pm.

*FREE* Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival Workshops, open mic, storytelling & music. Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church, 101 Old Kennett Rd., Wilmington; 302-658-2326. www.lowerbrandywine.org. 11/2 7-10 pm. 11/3 9 am-11 pm.

Kids' Stuff

Arthur LIVE! Live theatrical presentation based on Marc Brown's beloved books & PBS' Emmy-winning series. DuPont Theatre, W. 10th St. at North St. Market, Wilmington; 302-656-4401; www.duponttheatre.com. $15-$25. 11/3 10 am & 2 pm.

John Hadfield: Monkeys in the House Children's performer does music, juggling, comedy & magic. Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228. www.thecolonialtheatre.com. $5. 11/3 2 pm.

Milkshake Educational, funny, upbeat & danceable songs. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400; www.milkshakemusic.com. $10; $7 children. 11/3 11:30 am.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Sound All Around Music series for young children featuring members of the orchestra & storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston. The Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; 215-893-1999; www.philorch.org. $8.50. 11/3 10, 11:15 am & 12:30 pm. 11/5 10 & 11:15 am.

*FREE* International Children's Day Fair & Rummage Sale Enjoy live musical performances, food, games, face-painting & arts/crafts. Sale features clothes, books, toys, jewelry & furniture. Wilmington Montessori School, 1400 Harvey Rd., Wilmingtno; 302-475-0555. www.wmsde.org. 11/3 10 am-2 pm.

Milk & Cookies Sing-a-long for parents & toddlers. MilkBoy Coffee, 2 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; 610-645-5269. www.milkboycoffee.com. $10 per family. 11/4 10:30 am.

Camden Children's Garden 3 Riverside Dr., Camden; 856-365-8733. www.camdenchildrensgarden.org. Butterfly house, maze, treehouse & more. $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. Shadow Storytelling - Kids can make shadow puppets using their hands & props. 11/3 11 am, 1 & 3 pm. Diwali: Indian Festival of Lights - Henna painting, lantern making, Indian dancing, treats & more. 11/8. $9.95; $8.95 seniors; free for children under 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. 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. Eat Like a Pirate - New theater show about good nutrition & exercise to be staged daily through 11/25 & free with museum admission. $10.95; 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. Cousin Brucie Morrow: Doo Wop, The Music, The Times, The Era. 11/5 7:30 pm. Andrea Buchanan & Miriam Peskowitz: Daring Book for Girls. 11/7 7 pm.

Borders Books & Music 80 E. Wynnewood Ave., Wynnewood; 610-642-0362. www.bordersstores.com. Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Punk Farm on Tour. 11/7 7 pm.

Borders Books & Music 515 Rte. 73 South, Marlton; 856-985-5080. www.bordersstores.com. Eli Kowalski: Looking Back: 75 Years of Eagles History. 11/3 1 pm. Cheryl Mercier & Ethel David: My Lover the Rabbi, My Husband the Doctor. 11/8 6:30 pm.

Bryn Mawr College 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-526-5745. www.brynmawr.edu. Lee Woodruff: In an Instant. 11/4 2 pm.

Chester County Book & Music Company 975 Paoli Pike, West Chester; 610-696-1661. www.ccbmc.com. Cousin Brucie Morrow: Doo Wop, The Music, The Times, The Era. 11/4 3 pm. Ursula Hegi: The Worst Thing I've Done. 11/5 7:30 pm.

Children's Book World 17 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford; 610-642-6274. www.childrensbookworld.net. Catherine Gilbert Murdock: Dairy Queen & The Off Season. 11/2 7 pm.

Congregation Rodeph Shalom 615 N. Broad St.; 215-627-6747. www.rodephshalom.org. Aaron Lansky: Outwitting History. 11/4 7 pm.

Delaware County Community College 901 South Media Line Rd., Media; 610-359-5134. www.dccc.edu. Faith Ringgold: We Flew Over the Bridge. 11/6 11 am.

Faber Bookstore 30th Street Station; 215-386-5235. Ray Didinger: One Last Read. 11/2 4-6 pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322. www.library.phila.gov. Adrian Tomine: Shortcomings. 11/6 7 pm. Thomas H. Keels: Forgotten Philadelphia. 11/7 7 pm. Haifa Zangana: City of Widows. 11/8 noon. Shalom Auslander:Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir. 11/8 7 pm.

Ocean County Library 101 Washington St., Toms River; 732-349-6200. oceancountylibrary.org/Branches/TR/tr.htm. Chris Jericho: A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex. 11/4 2 pm. Bob Spitz: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!. 11/7 7 pm.

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Vera King Farris Dr., Pomona; 609-652-1776. www2.stockton.edu. Jane Golden: Philadelphia & the Stories They Tell. Held in the Arts & Sciences Building. 11/8 3 pm.

Robin's Bookstore 108 S. 13th St.; 215-735-9600. www.robinsbookstore.com. Jamie Malanowski: The Coup. 11/3 3 pm.

White Dog Cafe 3420 Sansom St.; 215-386-9224. www.whitedog.com. Linda Faillace: Tale of a Vermont Shepherdess. 11/5 6 pm.

Big Blue Marble Bookstore 551 Carpenter Ln.; 215-844-1870. www.bigbluemarblebooks.com. Creating Eco-Friendly Homes for Families - Discussion on using various non-toxic products to "green" your home. 11/3 2 pm. Mucus, Phlegm & Fever: YUCK! - Talk on keeping kids healthy during cold & flu season . 11/4 2 pm.

Bryn Mawr College 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-526-5745. www.brynmawr.edu. E.L. Doctorow - Reading & lecture. For more information, call 610-526-5210. 11/8 7:30 pm.

Chestnut Hill Academy 500 W. Willow Grove Ave.; 215-247-4700. www.chestnuthillacademy.org. Leadership Live: Stuart Taylor Jr. '66 - Columnist, author & Brookings Institute fellow will discuss his new book. Res. required: lectures@chestnuthillacademy.org. 11/8.

David Library of the American Revolution 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing; 215-493-6776. www.dlar.org. The Summer of 1787 - Lecture on the U.S. in 1787 & the people involved with the drafting of the Constitution. 11/8 7:30 pm.

Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library 4278 Griscom St.; 215-289-6484. garmuslib.org. Women of the North & South in the Civil War - Carol Neumann, R.N., M.S. Union League. Donations accepted. 11/4 1 pm.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania 1300 Locust St.; 215-732-6200. www.hsp.org. Bitter Herbs in the Dream Garden - "Behind-the-scenes" issues surrounding the glass mosaic known as 'The Dream Garden,' designed by Maxfield Parish & Louis Comfort Tiffany. 11/7 6 pm.

Holy Family University 9801 Frankford Ave.; 215-637-7700. www.hfc.edu. Gilded Age Medicine & the Death of President James A. Garfield - Illustrated lecture given by Ira Rutkow, historian of surgery & clinical professor of surgery at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ. 11/3 7 pm.

International House of Philadelphia 3701 Chestnut St.; 215-387-5125. www.ihousephilly.org. Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein - Jordan's ambassador to the U.S. speaks. 11/8.

Jardel Recreation Center 1400 Cottman St.; 215-329-4793. Philadelphia Poetry & Literary Forum - Guest poet followed by an open reading for those who love poetry, prose, short stories, etc. $1 donation accepted. 11/3 1:30 pm.

June Hines Pilates Studio 26 E. Swamp Rd., Doylestown; 215-230-0198. www.junehinespilates.com. Janice Dulak: Pilates for the Dressage Rider - Author Dulak leads this Pilates class focusing on strengthening muscles for dressage riding. $50. 11/8 6-9 pm.

Slought Foundation 4017 Walnut St.; 215-701-4627. slought.org. Citiness & Literariness: Architecture Dejeuner With Lindsay Bremner. 11/8 noon-2 pm.

The Strand Theater of Lakewood 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood; 732-367-7789. www.strandlakewood.com. Elie Wiesel: Against Indifference. $35-$150. 11/4 1:30 pm.

University of the Arts - Gershman Hall (Gershman Y) 401 S. Broad St.; 215-446-3027. www.gershmany.org. Pam Jenoff: The Kommandant's Girl. $20 advance, $25 day of event. 11/7 noon.

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