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THIS WEEK: DEC. 4 to 10, 2009

Christmas in Toyland, a model-train display of a snow-covered winter wonderland with 13 mainlines and over 200 structures. Also: free treats for children, Santa’s Magical Mailbox and sounds of the season. Hooven Mercantile Building, 41 Susquehanna St., Jim Thorpe. Through Jan. 18 on Fridays and Mondays, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Christmas Day. $4, $2 children. 325-4371.

Fiesta Fun with Calaveras, an “Isaiah’s Corner” based on the current exhibit “Day of the Dead: Art & Culture in the Americas.” Build ofrendas, make skeleton masks and dolls, create tissue-paper flowers and papel picado (punched paper) designs and calculate in Mayan math while learning about the Latino holiday when families celebrate their ancestors. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Through Dec. 31. Hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 346-7186.

Breakfast with Santa, with a craft corner, photo opportunities and a full breakfast. St. Jude’s Church, 422 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. $7. 474-9905.

Brunch with Santa, the 11th annual event with a festive brunch, visits with Santa along with photo opportunities. Banks Student Life Center, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $10, $5 children. 674-6768.

Santa Express, a train ride with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudoph on a round trip from Honesdale to Hawley with holiday sing-alongs, gifts and photo opportunities. Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions, 303 Commercial St., Honesdale. Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Future rides: Dec. 13 and 19 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. $20, $15 children. Reservations: 800-433-9008.

Christmas in a Small Town, the 12th annual Santa Train rolls through Lackawanna County towns with entertainment, activities, refreshments and visits with Santa at each stop. Saturday with stops at train stations in Carbondale at 10:30 a.m., Archbald at 11:35 a.m., Jessup at 12:20 p.m., Olyphant at 1 p.m. and Dickson City at 1:45 p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority. 963-6730.

Santa Trolley Rides. Take a festive trolley ride with Santa at the Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20 at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. $8, $7 seniors, $6 children. 963-6590 or ectma.org.

Holiday Express. Write your “Dear Santa” letter to drop into a special North Pole mailbox, then join in the merriment and festivities while meeting Santa at Moscow’s restored passenger and freight stations. With songs and stories and other fun activities. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $16, $10 children and youths. Reservations: 340-5200.

If You Give a Pig a Pancake and Other Story Books, a morning of children’s favorite stories presented with music, dancing and costumes by Theatreworks USA. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Saturday at 11 a.m. $10. Preceded by a Wiggles & Giggles Workshop at 10 a.m. $4. 800-745-3000.

Saturday Movie Day, a screening of “Santa Buddies.” Popcorn and soda provided. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Saturday at noon. Free. Registration: 693-1364.

Children’s Christmas Party, with storytelling, seasonal arts and craft projects, wagon rides, guided walking tours of the village and a visit by St. Nicholas. Eckley Miners Village, Highland Road, off Route 940, Eckley. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Reservations: 636-2070.

Children’s Christmas Program, for children up to grade five. With ornament making, Santa visits and gift bags. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. Saturday at 1 to 3 p.m. Registration: 474-9313.

Junior Bird Club Meeting, for kids age 9 and older. Learn to identify local birds and participate in bird-watching field trips. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Saturday at 1 p.m. $5. Registration: 403-2006.

Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club. With ornament-making, storytelling, Christmas music and a Christmas Wonderland setting for Santa. Wyoming Area Secondary Center, 20 Memorial St., Exeter. Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. $5, $3 children. Reservations: 655-3929.


Children’s Christmas Party, refreshments with Santa along with door prizes. Old Noxen School and Community Center, School Street, Noxen. Dec. 12, 1:30 to 3 p.m. 298-2061.

Furry Tails Reading Program. Practice your reading skills by reading to therapy dogs. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Dec. 19 at 12:30 p.m. Registration: 693-1364.

Fleece Pillow Craft Session, for age 8 and older. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. Registration: 474-9313.

Nickelodeon’s Storytime Live! Leap into Fairytale Land with “Dora the Explorer,” “The Backyardigans,” “Wonder Pets” and “The Monkey King Adventure” in this musical adventure. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 25 at 4 and 7 p.m. $32, $22, $18. 826-1100.

A Year with Frog and Toad, the Tony-nominated Broadway musical based on the popular children’s books by Arnold Lobel. A school show for kindergarten to grade six but open to the public. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. March 24 at 10 a.m. $6.50. 826-1100.

Animal Junction with Jungle Joe, an eco-adventure spotlighting 15 exotic animals including a nine-foot albino python, a red kangaroo, an African serval cat, foxes and an eagle owl. A school show for all ages but open to the public. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. April 13 at 10 a.m. $6.50. 826-1100.

Harold and the Purple Crayon, a stage show based on the book series by Crockett Johnson following the adventures of an inventive young boy. Presented by Enchantment Theatre Company. A school show for pre-kindergarten to grade three but open to the public. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. April 21 at 10 a.m. $6.50. 826-1100.

Mathemagic! Acclaimed magician and educator Bradley Fields performs magic illusions then teaches the secrets behind some startling math tricks. A school show for kindergarten to grade eight but open to the public. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. May 13 at 10 a.m. $6.50. 826-1100.

The Gizmo Guys, a unique combination of humor and juggling by Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker. A school show for kindergarten to grade five but open to the public. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. May 14 at 10 a.m. $6.50. 826-1100.


Carole’s Crazy Kidsongs, a collection of songs for young children written and performed by Trucksville resident Carole Kennely is available for sale at Gallery of Sound stores, the Harris Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Luzerne and online at amazon.com.

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