Events for the family

Special Events


2007 Lupus Loop 5K Run/Walk Benefit for the Lupus Foundation of America, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter. Register at Fairmount Park, 4231 N. Concourse Dr.; 215-685-0060. $20; $10 children under 12. 8:45 am registration; 10 am start. 10/28.

Independence Starts Here: Deaf Cirque-Carnival An all-deaf lineup of magicians, fire-eaters, mimes, ventriloquists and more. Mummers Museum, 1100 S. Second St.; 215-336-3050. $12, $6 children advance; $15, $7.50 children day of show. 10/28 noon-2 pm.

Murder Mystery: A Drop of Death Interactive murder mystery event. Travel room to room, putting together clues. The Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken St.; 215-438-1861. $12 advance; $14 day of event. 10/26-10/27 6-9:30 pm. 10/28 2:30-5:30 pm.

Paws for the Cause Dog Walk Dog walk and contests, fun for the whole family. Proceeds benefit cancer prevention programs at Fox Chase. Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Ave.; 888-369-2427. $10; free for spectators. 10/28 9 am.

*FREE* Philadelphia Community Baby Shower Information for new and expectant mothers on nutrition and available resources. Temple University - Children's Medical Center, 3509 N. Broad St.; 215-707-6000. 10/27 11 am-3 pm.

Philadelphia Sports Extravaganza and Wellness Expo Vendors, Phantoms hockey game, Boy Scout and Girl Scout pushup and pullup challenge, Jr. World Championships Martial Arts Tournament and more. 609-923-2663. Wachovia Spectrum, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-336-3600; $10 includes expo, Phantoms game and all activities. Block party 4 pm-7 pm; Phantoms game 7 pm. 10/27 10 am.

Pennsylvania suburbs

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes Live band, food and activities for kids. Advance reg./info:; 610-664-9255. 10/28 9 am reg.; 10 am start. Tyler State Park, PA Guild of Craftsmen Entrance, Newtown-Richboro Rd, Richboro.

Mind Body Spirit Expo Holistic health services, natural products, information for personal growth, psychic readings, spirituality, bodywork and massage. 215-627-0102. Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia; Ticket prices for guest speaker events, workshops, lectures, etc. vary. 10/26 4-9 pm. 10/27 10 am-9 pm. 10/28 10 am-6 pm.

New Jersey

5K Go to the Goal Multi-surface race benefitting the high school lacrosse program. Haddonfield Memorial High School, 401 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield; 856-429-3960. $20 advance;; $25 day of event. 10/27 9 am. *FREE* Historic Soldiers Weekend Re-enactments of French and Indian through Vietnam Wars. Artifact displays, music, military vehicles, more. Riverfront Promenade, High St., Burlington; 609-386-0200. 10/27 10 am-5 pm. 10/28 10 am-3 pm.

*FREE* Last Market Day Celebration Live music by Two of a Kind, pumpkin carving, children's activities. Burlington County Community Agricultural Center, Centerton Rd., Moorestown; 609-265-5068. 10/27 8:30 am-1 pm.

Native American Adventure Corn Maze Fun and challenging experience is for kids and adults alike. Springdale Farms, 1638 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-8674. $9; $7.50 children 4-12. 10/27-10/28 10 am-4 pm.

*FREE* Temple Emanuel Sisterhood Party Expo Event planning expo. Caterers, photographers, bands and other party resources. Temple Emanuel, 1101 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-489-0029. 10/28 9:30 am-1:30 pm.

Kids' Stuff

Children's performances

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) With Sol y Canto World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400; $10; $7 children 1-12; free for children under 1. 10/28 11:30 am.

Disney on Ice: Finding Nemo Follow alongside Marlin and Dory on a daring search of the big blue in this whale of a tale full of laughter and fun. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 800-298-4200, $12-$75. 10/26 11 am and 7 pm. 10/27-10/28 11 am, 3 and 7 pm.

Gwendolyn and The Good Time Band World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400; $10; $7 children. 10/27 11:30 am.

Miss Scherling Sings the Halloween Hits MilkBoy Coffee, 2 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; 610-645-5269. $10. 10/31 5 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf Rossen Milanov conducts this family-friendly Prokofiev favorite. Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999. $5-$45. 10/27 11:30 am.

Children's Events

Elmer's Haymazin' Maze and Happy Hayrides Storybook Land, 6415 Black Horse Pike, Cardiff; 609-641-7847. 10/26 10 am-5 pm. 10/27-10/28 10 am-5 pm.

Face Painting Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media; 610-874-4678. $5-$10. 10/26 10 am-3:30 pm. 10/27-10/28 10 am-6 pm. 10/29-10/31 10 am-3:30 pm.

Let's Learn About Camouflage Children's program on animals that use camouflage. Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown; 610-277-3825. $12. 10/30 12:30-1:20 pm.

Puppet Making. Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, 457 Shirley Rd., Elmer; 609-358-2472. $8. 10/27 3:30-5 pm.

*FREE* Puppet Show and Pumpkin Hunt Children's puppet show and pumpkin hunt along park trails. Tamanend Park, 1255 Second St. Pike, Southampton; 215-355-9781. 10/27 11 am.

Slimey Science and Smokey Ice Kid-friendly science demonstrations. Call to register: 215-443-5428. Warminster Parks and Recreation, 1101 Little Lane, Warminster; $40. 10/27 9:30 am-12:30 pm.

Children's museums and attractions

Camden Children's Garden 3 Riverside Dr., Camden; 856-365-8733. Butterfly house, maze, treehouse and more. Goblins in the Garden - Celebrate the tradition of Dia de los Muertos with a haunted train ride, haunted maze, fortune tellers and more. Half-price admission for children in costume. 10/27-10/28 11 am-4 pm. Safe Trick-or-Treating at the Garden - Half-price admission for children in costume. 10/31 2-4:30 pm. $5; $3 ages 3-11; free for children 2 and under. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. Hands-on children's museum featuring an activity wonderland for infants through age 10. Pets on Parade - Costumed pet event. 10/27 noon. Museum Spooktacular - Safe, closed Halloween event featuring games and a scary "witch's kitchen." 10/27 6:30-8:30 pm. Are You a Night Owl? - Live animal program with Philadelphia Zoo staff. 10/28 noon-3 pm. $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. Ongoing: Arachnid Alley - Exhibit about spiders; Cockroach Kitchen - Live cockroach exhibit; Insect Museum - Thousands of mounted and live specimens, interactive exhibits; Working Beehive - Live bee exhibit. $7; free for children under 2. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Kix and Giggles Children's Playground 9356 Old Bustleton Ave.; 215-677-4140. Attractions include a wrap-around gym, a rock wall, soft-play section for babies and toddlers, an outside seating area and more. Mondays 10 am-3 pm are reserved for children with special needs and 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. Arts and crafts, stories, theater, interactive exhibits, hands-on activities and more. Eat Like a Pirate - New theater show about good nutrition and exercise to be staged daily through 11/25 and 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. 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.) and more. A Great Midday Break: Lunch With Big Bird and Friends. Reservations required: 215-752-7070. $19.95; $15.95 children 2-11; free for children under 2. 10/27 1 pm. Halloween Costume Contest - Elmo is looking for the best costumes. 10/27 10 am-5 pm. Count's Halloween Spooktacular - Dress in costume, trick or treat throughout the park. Closes 10/27. $44.50; $39.50 seniors; free for children under 2. Weekends only.

*FREE* Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse Intersection of 33rd and Oxford Sts. in E. Fairmount Park; 215-765-4325. Team Up to End Violence Marathon Walk - Walk 4 laps, approximately one mile, around the playground/playhouse. Benefits A Better Philadelphia. Donations accepted. 10/27 8 am. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm. Children must be accompanied by adult.

Literary Calendar

Book signings and readings

Barnes and Noble - Rittenhouse Square 1805 Walnut St.; 215-665-0716. Hanala Stadner: My Parents Went Through the Holocaust and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt. 11/1 7 pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322. Bill Bryson: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. 10/29 noon. Jack Ketchum: Offspring/Jonathan Maberry: Dead Man's Song/Danielle Ackley-McPhail: Yesterday's Dreams. 10/29 7 pm. A.J. Jacobs: The Year of Living Biblically. 10/30 7 pm. Carl Bernstein: A Woman in Charge. 10/30 noon. Oliver Sacks: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. $14; $7 students. 11/1 8 pm.

Giovanni's Room 345 S. 12th St.; 215-923-2960. Brad Windhauser: Regret. 10/26 5:30 pm. Edmund White: Hotel de Dream. 10/29 5:30 pm.

Gwynedd-Mercy College 1325 Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd Valley; 215-646-7300. Charles Shields: Mockingbird. 11/1 7:30 pm.

Poetry and lectures

Abington Art Center 515 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown; 215-887-4882. Coffee Break Lecture - Coffee, conversation and art hosted by The Daily Grind and artist Deidre Murphy. $5. 10/27 9:30 am.

*FREE* Abington Free Library 1030 Old York Rd., Abington; 215-885-5180. Writing With Pizazz - Professor Burton Klein speaks. 11/1 10-11 am.

*FREE* Burlington County Library 5 Pioneer Blvd., Westampton; 609-267-9660. A Night with the Garden State Horror Writers - Featuring writers Neil Morris and Gary Frank. Registration requested: 609-267-9660 x3072. 10/30 7 pm.

*FREE* Camden County College - Blackwood Campus College Dr., Blackwood; 856-227-7200. Archaeology and the Religion of Ancient Israel - Lecture on ancient Hebrew inscriptions and assorted other artifacts. 10/31 7 pm.

*FREE* David Library of the American Revolution 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing; 215-493-6776. John Greenough and the Problem of Tea - Informal history talk led by Dr. Peter Messer. 10/27 3 pm.

MilkBoy Coffee 2 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; 610-645-5269. Open Mic - Musicians, poets and spoken word artists share their works with the crowd. Sign up 6 pm. 10/30 7 pm.

Philadelphia Art Alliance 251 S. 18th St.; 215-545-4302. Lectures-In-Song Series - Fred Miller: Irving Berlin. $20. 11/1 7:30 pm.

Slought Foundation 4017 Walnut St.; 215-701-4627. Radical Atheism: Derrida's Notion of Desire - Seminar by and public conversation with Martin Hägglund based on his forthcoming book. 11/1 6:30-8 pm.

Steel City Coffeehouse 203 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-933-4043. Mad Poets Society Poetry Series - Organization of poets and writers gather to celebrate the creative soul and promote literary arts. 10/28 1 pm.

Tin Angel at Serrano 20 S. 2nd St.; 215-928-0978. Gas and Electric Arts: Generating - Curated storytelling series featuring non-professional storytellers hailing from all over Philadelphia. Reservations: 215-407-0556. $12. 10/29 8:30 pm.

The University of Pennsylvania - Kelly Writer's House 3805 Locust Walk; 215-573-9748. Live at the Writer's House - One-hour taping of poetry, spoken word and live music, to be broadcast on WXPN. 10/29.