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Datebook: February, 2013

by Evelyn Townsend

Feb. 21

Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
What if you could wrap up a play, story, concert and circus all into one? Symphony in C’s Concerts for Young People will be hosting Carnival of the Animals in which they will be doing just that. Children and parents alike will wonder at the proud roar of the lion, oink along with the pig’s song, and bounce along with the gait of the kangaroos. Feb. 21, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, (856) 963-6683, SymphonyInC.org, $10 for adults, $8 for students

Feb. 22

Sing and Clap Along
Collingswood’s Scottish Rite Auditorium will be the host of the musical “The Fiddler on the Roof.” The production put on by the Collingswood Community Theater gives you and your family the chance to enjoy the music of this timeless classic. Reserved seats are not needed, so bring all your friends. Feb. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, CollingswoodCommunityTheatre.com, $17 for adults, $12 for students and seniors

Feb. 23

All Around the World
Children will feel like an award-winning star when the Garden State Discovery Museum literally rolls out the red carpet for them for their International Children’s Film Festival. The event honors the Oscars by sponsoring a multicultural movie day for children and their families. Before you sit down to watch the big event on Sunday, come over to museum to let the kids enjoy a little star-studded treatment. Feb. 23, 11 a.m-3 p.m. at The Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040 Springdale Road, Suite 100, Cherry Hill, (856) 424-1233, DiscoveryMuseum.com, free with admission

March 2

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and the importance of the Read Across America program at Cherry Hill Public Library. This is an excellent way to promote strong literacy skills and a life-long love of reading in your child between the ages of 2 and 6. March 2, 10 a.m. at the Cherry Hill Library’s Children’s Story and Craft Room, Upper Level, 1100 Kings Highway N., (856) 903-1229, CHPLNJ.org, registration required, free

March 3

Get Ready to Roll
For years, the Hopeworks organization has worked to educate, mentor and push the paths of low-income students in Camden toward graduating high school and beyond. To celebrate their efforts and raise funds for the organization, they will be sponsoring their 3rd annual Roll for Hope. Registration will automatically place you into a bowling team for the event. Before and during your bowling fun, there will be a two-hour open buffet to nourish your “striking” performance. March 3, 1-4 p.m. at Pinsetter Bar and Bowl, 7111 Maple Ave., Merchantville, (856) 602-4020, HopeWorks.org, $35

March 5

Celebrate a Local Hero
The Cherry Hill Library and Alice Paul Institute, in reverence of Women’s History Month, are hosting an informational event about local women’s rights activist Alice Paul. Teens and adults will enjoy celebrating the life and works of this local 20th century hero. March 5, 1 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Library’s Conference Center, Lower Level, 1100 Kings Hwy N., (856) 488-7886, CHPLNJ.org, open to the public, free

March 10

Grab Your Kilt
The scenic view of the Delaware River will be the site of a fun event to help honor police officers that have passed in the line of duty. West Deptford’s RiverWinds will be hosting the Police Unity Tour Kilt Run—including a one-mile family walk and 5K—with prizes for the top contestant and top consume. Members of the Police Unity Tour Chapter Two strongly encourage kilts and costumes alike, making this a event your whole family will love. Be sure to register before March 7 for this event, which benefits the annual Police Unity Tour. March 10, 9 a.m. at RiverWinds, 1000 Riverwinds Drive, West Deptford, PoliceUnityTourChap2.com, $25 for 5K and $15 for one-mile walk

March 20

Pull up the Lab Gloves
Have you ever had a simple, homemade science experiment go horribly wrong? Follow Mr. Malcolm through his secret laboratory where he’ll conduct experiments and even ask for assistance. Don’t let the lab coat fool you because some of his experiments turn out nothing but wrong. March 20-22 at 10 a.m., March 23 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman, (856) 384-8381, TheBroadwayTheatre.org, $7-9

March 29

Travel Through Time
Become overnight explorers of ancient Egypt and Rome through the one-of-a-kind experience of sleeping over at the Penn Museum. The 40 Winx with the Sphinx Sleepover allows children between the ages of 6 and 12—and their chaperones—to connect their basic understanding of the ancient world to an evening full of flashlight expeditions, a scavenger hunt throughout the museum, arts and crafts, and even sleeping with the artifacts. March 29-30 at The Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia, Pa., (215) 898-2680, Penn.Museum, $50 per person

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 12 (February, 2013).
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