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Datebook: August & September 2012

by Chelsea Barlow

PJ Party
Let the kids cuddle up in their favorite pajamas and their comfiest slippers for an evening of crafts and story time at the Voorhees library. They’ll leave starry eyed and mesmerized by the characters of their favorite books after they attend the “By the Light of the Moon Evening Story Time” event. Be sure to make a reservation. Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m. at M. Allan Vogelson Regional Branch Library, 203 Laurel Road, Voorhees, CamdenCountyLibrary.org, (856) 772-1636, free, reservation required

Sweet Treats
With crafts, goodies and hands-on learning, your family won’t want to miss the tasty Chocolate & Vanilla Family Festival this month. Featuring two notoriously delicious flavors, you’ll get to indulge your sweet tooth and vote for your taste buds’ preference of vanilla or chocolate. Head to the Camden Waterfront to learn more about the world’s tropical plants these tastes are derived from at this scrumptiously enticing family festival. Aug. 25-26, 1-4 p.m. at Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, CamdenChildrensGarden.org, (856) 365-8733, $6, children 2 years and under free

Fall into Fashion
Next to the holidays, back-to-school time is probably the busiest shopping season for parents. To help ease the stress of the pre-Labor Day hustle and bustle, turn to the Cherry Hill Mall’s Style Squad, made up of teens between the ages of 14 and 18, for their “Fit for Fashion” Back-to-School Fashion Show. Who better to show parents what the hot styles are this season than the source themselves, kids? The day starts with a Fit for Fashion Mall Walk at 9:30 a.m., part of the mayor’s Wellness Campaign. Aug. 25, 2 p.m. at Macy’s Court, Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill, CherryHillMall.com, (856) 662-7441, free

Movie Night
Take your movie night outdoors for a night of family-friendly laughs at a screening of Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. Bring some snacks, lay a blanket down in the grass, and enjoy a night of family bonding with a movie based on the popular Judy Moody series that is perfect for your little ones. Aug. 29, dusk at James G. Atkinson Memorial Park, 138 Bethel Mill Road, Sewell, (856) 589-0047, free

End of Summer Fun
Ziplines, rock walls, pony rides and handmade crafts will make the Septemberfest Craft Show & Kid’s Fun Fair a blast and a fantastic way to close out your family’s summer. With 45 craft vendors and free admission, this event has everything a day of family fun needs. All proceeds from activity fees will benefit Relay for Life of Medford. Sept. 15-16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Indian Acres Tree Farm, 111 Tuckerton Road, Medford, IndianAcresTreeFarm.com, (609) 953-0087, free admission

Funny Bunny
Sneak into Mr. McGregor’s garden when the Broadway Theatre of Pitman’s Children’s Theatre presents its production of Peter Rabbit. Watch as Peter learns a lesson that all children can relate to. Full of mischief, fun and a troublesome little bunny, Beatrix Potter’s classic children’s story comes to life for you and your family to enjoy. Sept. 21, 10 a.m., and Sept. 22, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman, TheBroadwayTheatre.org, (856) 384-8381, $9

Out of this World
Enjoy tea time in Wonderland at the Mad Hatter Tea Party hosted by the Peacock Cafe. You’ll go “mad” for the delectable desserts and teas as Alice, the Queen of Hearts, and the Mad Hatter himself join you for a party fit only for a world of nonsense. Don’t be late to make your reservation for this very important date. Sept. 8, 4-6 p.m. at the Peacock Café, 126 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, GroundsForSculpture.org, (609) 586-0616, $12

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 6 (August, 2012).
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