Events for the family

The long-running Ocean City Baby Parade returns with its 101st version, stepping off Thursday at 10:15 a.m. on Ocean City Boardwalk, Second to 23d Streets.
The long-running Ocean City Baby Parade returns with its 101st version, stepping off Thursday at 10:15 a.m. on Ocean City Boardwalk, Second to 23d Streets.
Posted: August 06, 2010

Special Events

ACANA African Festival Part of Peco Multicultural Series. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386 (2FUN). 8/7. 2-8 pm.

CareerBuilder & University of Phoenix: Reinvent Your Career Fair Job fair. Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; 800-891-8880. 8/6. 10 am-3 pm.

Community Works Job Fair The School of the Future hosts. 4021 Parkside Ave. 8/12. 10 am-2 pm.

FossilFest Displays of fossils, rocks, meteorites, dinosaur bones, artifacts & living animals. Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600A Verree Rd.; 215-685-0470. 8/7. 9 am-3 pm.

Friday Night Lights Take in a fireworks display, sans the 4th of July crowding. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386 (2FUN). Closes 9/3.

House Tours 19th-century home of the Rosenbach brothers. Ongoing. Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2008-10 Delancey Pl.; 215-732-1600. Included in admission.

Military Muster Children are invited to learn the art of marching & musket etiquette. Signers Garden, 5th St. historicphiladelphia.org.

Philadelphia Job Fair Meet the city's employers from various companies to get your foot in the door. Crowne Plaza Hotel - Main Line, 4100 Presidential Blvd. 8/11. 11 am-2 pm.

Public Tours Commissioned by theater magnate Jules Mastbaum in 1926, this building is home to one of the largest Rodin collections in the world. Rodin Museum, Franklin Parkway at 22nd St.; 215-763-8100. Included in admission.

Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party at the Piazza First Saturday of the month through October. The Piazza at Schmidts, N. Second St. www.radio1045.com.

The Big Quiz Thing Live trivia event. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. www.bigquizthing.com. $11. 8/10. 8 pm.

Trail Ambassador Walk: Geology Hike Meet at Valley Green Inn. 1.5-mile walk & talk along a rough, steep trail on the east side of the creek. Wissahickon Valley Park, 300 E. Northwestern Ave. 8/7. 3 pm.

Trivia Tuesdays Weekly event hosted by bartender "Smarty Pants" Wil. Sisters Restaurant & Nightclub, 1320 Chancellor St.; 215-735-0735.

Twisted Thursdays Dinner buffet, karaoke & DJs spinning '80s dance club mixes. Sisters Restaurant & Nightclub, 1320 Chancellor St.; 215-735-0735. $7-$10. Closes 8/26.

Annual Peach Festival Features angel food cake topped with vanilla ice cream & fresh Jersey peaches. Take-outs available. Please bring your own container. Bristol Cultural & Historical Foundation Inc., 321 Cedar St., Bristol; Tickets sold at door. $5; $3 children under 12. 8/8. 3-6 pm.

Congressional District Healthy Families Resource Fair Gain an understanding of the benefits & programs that resulted from Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 610-892-8623. Upper Darby High School, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill; Reservations required by Aug. 6. 8/7. 9 am-1 pm.

Family Sunset Adventures Crafts, games, snacks & more. Branch Creek Community Church, 100 Main St., Harleysville; 215-256-0100. $10; $35 for all 5 nights. Closes 8/25.

First New Hope Auto Show Road Rally Enjoy the back roads of Buck County. Benefits local student scholarships. New Hope-Solebury High School, 180 W. Bridge St., New Hope; 215-862-5665. www.newhopeautoshow.com. $5. 8/8. 9 am-noon.

Friday Night Fireworks Display over the Delaware River, every Fri. through August. Downtown New Hope, Main St. www.newhopelambertvillefireworks.com. Closes 9/3.

Graceful Gatherings Have your body & spirit fed. Takes place at Victory Park. Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 594 Church St., Royersford. 8/7. 2-3 pm.

Let's Live: Life Beyond Cancer A day designed to help you create your new path, your new life. Eastern University - McInnis Auditorium, 1300 Eagle Rd., Wayne; Registration required: 610-970-1510. $79.95-$99.99. 8/7. 8 am-5 pm.

Pajama-Rama: Jewish Bedtime Story Hour Rabbis & Jewish educators from area synagogues will share stories. Kosher refreshments served. All are welcome. Borders Books & Music - Oxford Valley, 2343 E. Lincoln Hwy., Langhorne. Closes 8/24.

Peach Festival Peach treats, live music, games, costumed characters & more. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media; 610-874-4678. Closes 8/8.

Scrubba Dubba Dog If your pooch is a little dirty, or just needs to cool off, bring him or her to this dog wash. Fit For a Dog, 1802 Karakung Dr., Ardmore. Donation suggested: $10. 8/7. 10 am-2 pm.

Second Annual Community Days Displays by area nonprofits & DJ music. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000. Closes 8/8.

Shorebirds and Wader Watch Identify, learn and understand about long-migration birds. Green Lane Park, 1614 Snyder Rd., Green Lane; 215-234-4528. www.phs.montcopa.org. 8/6. 6 pm.

Thursdays Chill Days Activities, live performances, characters and more. Exton Square Mall, 260 Exton Square Mall, Exton. Closes 8/12.

Vacation Bible School A Roman marketplace theme. First Presbyterian Church, 113 E. Airy St., Norristown; 610-272-1357. Closes 8/6.

Vacation Bible School: Explore Egypt Pre-registration encouraged: 215-945-2465. Thornridge Community Church, 7 Thornridge Pl., Levittown. Closes 8/6.

Wear It Again Middletown Senior Center hosts. 2142 Trenton Rd., Levittown. 8/7. 8-11 am.

101st Annual Baby Parade One of the oldest baby parades in the country. Ocean City Boardwalk, 2nd to 23rd St., Ocean City; 609-525-9300. 8/12. 10:15 am.

Atlantic City, Playground of the Nation Artifacts, costumes, posters, photographs, songsheets, postcards, souvenirs & Miss America memorabilia. Ongoing. Atlantic City Historical Museum, Garden Pier; 609-347-5839.

Best of the West Trolley Tour Narrated tour of West Cape May highlighting history, farms, shops, vintage cottages, African American heritage & more. Cape May; 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. $10; $7 children 3-12. Closes 8/31.

Boardwalk Family Fun Night Parades, clowns & music on the Wildwoods Boardwalk. 609-523-1602. Wildwood Beach & Boardwalk, Lincoln Ave., Wildwood; 1-800-992-9732. Closes 9/2.

Buckets of Fun! Vintage Sand Pails & Beach Toys Exhibit featuring over 500 vintage pails & sand toys. Ocean City Historical Museum, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Donations accepted.

Cape May by Moonlight Trolley Rides Guided ride through moonlit streets. Downtown Cape May, 609-884-5404, 1-800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org. $10; $7 children 3-12.

Children's Trolley Ride Historic district tour geared toward kids. Downtown Cape May, 609-884-5404, 1-800-275-4278. $7.

Emlen Physick Estate Children's Tour Trained storytellers share kid-friendly tales as children get a glimpse of life more than 125 years ago. Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404. $7.

Evenings Along Asbury Art demonstrations, live music, activities & shopping specials. Asbury Avenue, Ocean City. Closes 9/1.

Fisherman's Wharf Tour Tour the Lobster House Dock while learning about local history. Cape May; 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org. $10; $7 children 3-12.

Funtastic Tuesdays Face painting & entertainment. Tue. thru Labor Day. Asbury Avenue, Ocean City. Closes 8/31.

Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour Ghost stories & trip to the Cape May Lighthouse. Cape May Lighthouse, www.capemaymac.org. $20; $15 children 3-12.

Graveyards of the Deep Trolley Tour Trolley tour focusing on Cape Island's maritime history. Cape May; 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. $10; $7 children 3-12.

Guided Tours Learn about the property's history as you explore the mansion, annex rooms & courtyard gardens. Smithville Mansion, 803 Smithville Rd., Mount Holly. $6.

Historic District Walking Tour Guided stroll through the streets. Downtown Cape May, 609-884-5404, 1-800-275-4278. $10; $7 children 3-12. Historic Haunts House Tour Guided tour of the historic Physick Estate. A discussion on Victorian Spiritualism follows. Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404. $10; $7 children 3-12.

Irish Pipe & Drum Brigades Authentic Irish Pipe Brigade parade on the Wildwoods Boardwalk. 609-523-1602. Wildwood Beach & Boardwalk, Lincoln Ave., Wildwood; 800-992-9732. www.dowildwood.com. Closes 8/30.

Junior Keepers Participants can help out with tasks like animal enrichment, logging & feeding. Jenkinson's Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant; Registration required: 732-899-1659. $80. Closes 8/20.

Laurel Springs Lions Peach Festival On the green with entertainment from the Sterling String Band. Whitman Stafford Farm House, 315 Maple Ave., Laurel Springs. 8/11. 6 pm.

Let's See What's Under the Sea: Something's Fishy Illustrator Steven James Petruccio presents an undersea mystery. West Deptford Free Public Library, 420 Crown Point Rd., West Deptford; Registration required: 856-845-5593. 8/6. 11 am.

Mansions by the Sea Trolley Tour Tour magnificient buildings. Downtown Cape May, 609-884-5404, 1-800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org. $10; $7 children 3-12.

Market Days Entertainment, face painting & balloon sculptors. Asbury Avenue, Ocean City. Closes 9/2.

Military Uniforms Exhibit Featuring uniforms dating back as far as the Spanish American War & as recent as Desert Storm. Cape May County Historical Museum, 504 Rte. 9, Cape May Court House; 609-465-3535.

Mummers Night Area groups show off skills. Ocean City Boardwalk, 2nd to 23rd St., Ocean City. Closes 8/31.

Pirates & Plunder Trolley Tour Featuring tales of Cape Island's pirates & privateers. Cape May; 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. $10; $7 children 3-12.

RNS Mobile Mammography Van Women having their mammograms at the Show House will receive complimentary tickets to the exhibition. RNS Show House at the Shore, 1501 Wesley Ave., Ocean City; Appointments: 1-800-246-2404. Closes 8/11.

Shark Week Features documentary screenings, crafts, games, feedings, shark discovery carts and more. Jenkinson's Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant; Registration required: 732-899-1659. Included in aquarium admission. Closes 8/7.

Tours at Cape May Winery Tasting, tour & introduction to how wine is made. Cape May Winery, 709 Townbank Rd., Cape May. $20.

World War II Trolley Tour Learn how war impacted the area & visit coast fortifications nearby. Cape May; 609-884-5404, 1-800-275-4278. $20; $15 children 3-12.

Birds of a Different Feather Kids can learn all about local birdlife. Alapocas Run State Park and Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr., Wilmington. $2. 8/10. 10-11 am.

Close Encounters of the Wild Kind Weekly programs on various animals & themes. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington. Included in admission.

Keeper Watching Program on the zoo's conservation efforts. Watch zookeepers doing their thing. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington. Included in admission.

Lantern Tours of Christ Church Cemetery First State Heritage Park, in cooperation with Christ Episcopal Church, presents this tour. Reservations suggested: 302-739-9194. Christ Church, State & Water Sts., Dover. $5. Closes 8/27.

Simple Machines Exhibit on the six key components found in most complicated machinery. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hammock Rd., Dover; 302-739-3277. Donations accepted.

USS Delaware The Visitors Center will be hosting an exhibit of silver from the Delaware. First State Heritage Park, 102 S. State St., Dover; 302-739-9194. Included in admission.

Kid's Stuff

2010 Junior Golf Camp Children's golf camp featuring instruction on swing fundamentals, rules & etiquette as well as games & contests. Twisted Dune Golf Club, 2101 Ocean Heights Ave., Egg Harbor; Registration required: 609-927-4900. $50-$75; $250-$350 per week. Closes 8/27.

Alice in Wonderland's Tea Party Kids can have fun & enjoy "tea" with Alice. Storybook Land, 6415 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor; 609-641-7847. Included in admission. 8/7. Noon-2 pm.

Candy Sushi Party Bring your appetite as Perkiomen Valley Library creates candy sushi. 290 Second St., Schwenksville; Registration required: 610-287-8360. 8/12. 6 pm.

Children's Fishing Tournament The program will include early-morning fishing, dip-netting, crafts & a story. Killens Pond State Park, 5025 Killens Pond Rd., Felton; 302-284-4526. 8/8. 8 am.

Children's Storytelling Lunch Family-friendly lunch w/storytelling. Carriage House Tearoom & Cafe, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404. $18; $10 children 3-12. Closes 8/30.

Children's Storytime Stories & crafts. Barnes & Noble - Rittenhouse Square, 1805 Walnut St.; 215-665-0716.

Creative Kids Day camp featuring activities such as games, crafts, hiking & boating. Killens Pond State Park, 5025 Killens Pond Rd., Felton, Del.; 302-284-4526. $150. Closes 8/6.

Decorate Your Own Cupcake Night The bakery provides cupcakes and all the fixings for kids to decorate their own. Bredenbeck's Bakery and Ice Cream Parlor, 8126 Germantown Ave.

Defenders of Delaware Day camp focused on Delaware's defenses, past & present. Killens Pond State Park, 5025 Killens Pond Rd., Felton; 302-284-4526. $160. Closes 8/13.

Drawing Together Open sketching time for families. Ongoing; dates vary. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-763-8100. Included in admission. Closes 8/29.

Early Bird Read & Look Stories & crafts for preschoolers. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; Tickets required. Included in admission. Closes 8/29.

Family Fun Summer Series Outdoor performances followed by indoor story programs. Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington. Closes 8/6.

Glory of Stories Children's storytime & craft activity. Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington. $3. Closes 8/27.

John Cassidy An eccentric comedian who does wacky things with balloons. Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. $7 advance; $8 day of show. 8/10. 10:30 am.

Just Mom and Me: Flip-Flop Summer Fun - Play in the Sun Kids and parents will make smiley magnet and tissue sun craft, dance and play interactive games. Moorestown Mall, 400 Rt-38, Moorestown. 8/12. 11 am-noon.

Kids Sports Spectacular Day of sports & games for children in wheelchairs & their families. Wells Fargo (Wachovia) Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; Registration required: www.unitedspinal.org. 8/7. 10 am-3 pm.

Makin' Music Rockin' Rhythms Fun, original music with plenty of humor. Rose Tree Park, Rose Tree Rd., Media; 610-891-4663. www.makinmusic.com. 8/12. 7:30 pm.

National Lighthouse Day Family-friendly activities like pirate hat-making, games, music & craft vendors. Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May; 609-884-5404. 8/7. 9 am-2 pm.

Nature Explorers Nature-themed crafts, games & activities. Brandywine Creek State Park, 41 Adams Dam Rd., Greenville; 302-577-3534. $5.

Pamper Scamper Ocean City's annual baby crawling race. 6th Street beach. Boardwalk, 2nd to 23rd St., Ocean City; 609-525-9300. 8/10. 9:30 am.

Roscoe Orman: 'Gordon' of Sesame Street Orman presents an interactive family concert. RiverWinds Community Center, 1000 RiverWinds Dr., Thorofare; Registration requested: 856-845-5593. 8/9. 11 am.

Shades of Green Green-themed crafts, animal encounters & more. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington. Included in admission. Closes 8/8.

Splish Splash Art Projects: Silly Sea Serpents Create projects celebrating the "Make a Splash" Summer Reading Club theme. Paoli Public Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli. 8/7. 1:30-2:30 pm.

Storytime Kids can enjoy a new story weekly. Borders Books & Music, 4221 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Closes 8/31.

Storytime on the Beach Enjoy stories in the sand on the beach just north of the pavilion. Jenkinson's Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant. Closes 9/2.

Stu Bykofsky Candidates Comedy Night Candidates running for state and federal offices are the attraction for the landmark 20th edition of the fundraiser for the Variety children's charity. Finnigan's Wake, 537 N. Third St.; 215-574-9240. $75. 8/10. 7:30-10 pm.

Summer Family Studio Visitors can work on art projects themed to museum's exhibitions. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-763-8100. Included in admission. Closes 8/29.

Teddy Bear Tea Party Kid-friendly food, music, stories & fun. Carriage House Tearoom & Cafe, 1048 Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404. $18; $10 children. Closes 8/22.

Terrific Toddlers Nature & science-themed stories, games & activities. Brandywine Creek State Park, 41 Adams Dam Rd., Greenville; 302-577-3534. $5.

Tours for Tots Hands-on activities featuring movement & play. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; Tickets required. Included in admission. Closes 8/29.

Train & Carousel Rides Hop on the Hummingbird Express Train for a jaunt around the zoo, or ride the Wildlife Carousel. Cape May County Park Zoo, Crest Haven Rd. & Rte. 9, Cape May Court House; 609-465-5271. $2.

Volunteer Story Hour Every Thursday Perkiomen Valley Library, 290 Second St., Schwenksville; Registration required: 610-287-8360. Closes 9/2.

Youth Lounge Creative workshops & open art studio. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219-23 Vine St.; 215-557-0455. Closes 8/13.

Magic at the Cape Magicians Johnny Mass & Michael Walsh present a fun morning of magic geared to children. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; 609-884-5404. $10; $7 children. Closes 8/16.

Camden Children's Garden 3 Riverside Dr., Camden; 856-365-8733. www.camdenchildrensgarden.org. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

The Crayola Factory 30 Centre Square, Easton; 610-515-8000. www.crayola.com/factory/. Crayola Crayon Manufacturing. Crayola Marker Manufacturing. Crayola Chronology. Inside Out. Cool Moves. Crayola After Dark. Easton Press & Bindery. Crayola Color Carousel. Crayola Meltdown.

Delaware Children's Museum 110 S. Poplar St., Wilmington; 302-654-2340. www.delawarechildrensmuseum.org. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. www.discoverymuseum.com. Down the Shore. Fleet Backstage Theater. Arts & Imagination. Inky's Newsroom. Best Friends on Main Street. Recycled Rhythm Shack. The Discovery Diner. The Rock Climbing Wall. News & Weather. Storybook Castle. Little Discoveries. Open Arms. 8/8. 6-8 pm. May-Sept.: Daily 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Oct.-Apr.: Sun.-Fri. 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Sat. 9:30 am-8:30 pm.

Insectarium 8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500. www.myinsectarium.com. Working Beehive. Cockroach Kitchen. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Kix & Giggles Children's Playground 9356 Old Bustleton Ave.; 215-677-4140. www.kixandgiggles.com. Kix & Giggles Attractions. Wed.-Fri. 10 am-3 pm; Sat. 10 am-7 pm; Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Please Touch Museum 4231 Avenue of the Republic; 215-581-3181. www.pleasetouchmuseum.org. City Capers. Flight Fancy. Roadside Attractions. River Adventures. Wonderland. Centennial Exploration. Liberty Arm & Torch. Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel. ShopRite Supermarket Exhibit. Rainforest Rhythm. 8/6. Celebrate Artist Andy Warhol's Birthday. 8/6. 9 am-5 pm. Meet Angelina Ballerina. 8/7. 9 am-5 pm. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm.

Sesame Place 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne; 215-752-7070. www.sesameplace.com. Open daily.

Smith The Kids' Play Place in the Park 33rd St.; 215-765-4325. smithkidsplayplace.org. Playground. Playhouse. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

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