Who said Santa only eats cookies? Join the jolly man himself for a brunch buffet at the Camden Children’s Garden, provided by a Collingswood Mexican restaurant. Parents take note: Reservations must be made in advance for one of the two brunch times, 11-11:45 a.m. or noon-12:45 p.m. Afterward, tour the grounds and escape the cold with the indoor butterfly garden. Dec. 1, 8, 15 at the Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, (856) 365-8733, CamdenChildrensGarden.org, $10 per child, $12 per adult
Kick Off the Holidays
Start the season off on a high note by paying a visit to Historic Smithville Park to meet Santa Claus. Tour the holiday-decorated Smithville Mansion, view ice carving demonstrations and shop at a holiday marketplace, among other entertaining activities. Dec. 2, noon at Historic Smithville Park, Smithville Road, Eastampton, (609) 265-5858, Co.Burlington.NJ.US, free
Have a Blast
Experience the wonders of science through a bombastic theatre arts show from Doktor Kaboom! Combining interactive educational-based programs with science experiments while sprinkling in some rap and humor on top, Doktor Kaboom! is a sure crowd-pleaser for every family member. Dec. 2, 2 p.m. at Landis Theater Performing Arts Center, 830 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, (800) 394-1211, LandisTheater.com, $14
Medford’s Main Street is transformed into the Victorian era during its annual Dickens Festival. The downtown will be packed with visitors taking in the atmosphere, which includes music, food, entertainers like a magician and jugglers, a lighted house contest and a live Nativity. Dec. 8, 6 p.m. at Downtown Historic Medford Village, (609) 714-8811, MedfordDickensFestival.com, free
Join longtime museum friend Rosie Hymerling as she celebrates the Festival of Lights. Welcome the holiday with Hanukkah crafts, stories and sing-alongs, and stick around for the concert with cantor Scott Borsky at 3 p.m. Dec. 9, noon-3 p.m. at the Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040 Springdale Road, Suite 100, Cherry Hill, (856) 424-1233, DiscoveryMuseum.com, free with admission
The whole family is invited to Perkins’ Center for the Arts’ A Winter’s Tea, where, along with hot beverages and light bites, children’s performer Sara O’Brien from Studio Luloo will entertain the little ones, and The Bridge Players Theatre Company will perform a scene from their upcoming play, “The Christmas Express.” In between, families can have holiday photos taken, check out a basket auction or the cupcake decorating station. Dec. 16, 3-5 p.m. at the Moorestown Community House, 16 E. Main St., Moorestown, PerkinsCenter.org, $35, free for children 2 and under
Experience the Stories
Join Mr. Malcolm, a well-known storyteller known for bringing memorable tales to life, as he performs his Christmas favorites in spectacular fashion. The kids will have extra fun becoming a part of Mr. Malcolm’s Christmas stories, participating and acting out the tales as they’re told. Dec. 20, 7 p.m. at Gloucester County Library’s Swedesboro Branch, 1442 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, (856) 467-0111, GCLS.org, free
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 9 (November, 2012).
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