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Datebook: November, 2012

by Lauren Bonilla and Matt Perez

Brunch Munch
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

Victorian Wonderland
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

Hello, Hanukkah!
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

Tea Time
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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