The Camden Children’s Garden opened its doors Saturday and Sunday for the Chocolate and Vanilla Family Festival. The festival, which featured activities based around scents and flavors as well as concessions from local businesses, was the most recent installment of a series of seasonal events running at the garden all summer and through the fall.
“One of the things is to teach kids about where their food comes from,” said Valerie Frick, director of education at the Camden Children’s Garden. “Each event has an educational message.”
At one table, children could vote for their favorite ice cream flavor, tracking the votes of their peers and comparing them to statistics from national surveys. At another, visitors could take a “smell test” to match the names of various spices and herbs to samples of each plant’s scent. Children were also invited to participate in a variety of crafts, including decorating their own ice cream cone-shaped fans.
“I’m having lots of fun,” said Malanah Adolphus, 7, who added that her favorite part of the day was decorating her own ice cream-covered cookie. Over at the concession stand, the day’s treats — chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and cookies — were from Duffield’s Farm Market in Sewell.
“I feel great about it,” said Malanah’s mother, Toni Hannibal. “I got to learn some things, too.”
Jonathan Cruz said his son, three-year-old Jonathan, Jr., was already a longtime visitor to the Children’s Garden.
“He’s here every time,” said Cruz. “He likes the ride and the crafts, and everything is different for him.”
Other recent themed festivals at the garden include Peach Party and Blueberry Blast. In the fall, the garden will host the Hefty Harvest and Scary Scarecrows festival, as well as Goblins in the Garden before Halloween. After completing each activity at a given festival, every child gets a prize before leaving the garden.
“Each festival is a little different,” said Frick. “They’re creating a memory.”
For more information, visit www.camdenchildrensgarden.org.
Camden Riversharks to host Riley O’ Brien Night at 7 p.m. Friday.
The 5-year-old Somerdale boy, who was born with heterotaxy syndrome and complex congenital heart disease, was released from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia last month after receiving a rare double-lung and heart transplant in March. He has not been able to return to his home due to its mold and structural problems.
The O’Briens are working with Camden County Habitat for Humanity to raise money for a new home. The family of four, Riley’s team of visiting nurses and an array of medical equipment have been temporarily relocated to a two-bedroom apartment.
Bravo TV star and recording artist Cory Singer will sing the national anthem, and a fireworks display will follow the game. A portion of each ticket sold by 5 p.m. on Thursday will benefit Smile4Riley. Tickets are $11 and must be purchased online.
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WWII VICTORY DAY ABOARD THE BIG J
DANCE/BBQ, WWII MILITARY VEHICLES, RE-ENACTORS,
ARTIFACTS AND MORE ON SAT., AUG. 10
CAMDEN, NJ- On Saturday August 10, the Battleship New Jersey Museum and
Memorial will celebrate the anniversary of the End of World War II with her
annual WWII Victory Day, which will feature WWII military vehicles, re-enactors,
artifacts, a BBQ Dinner/Danceand even a special WWII Victory Day Overnight.
The Battleship will celebrate the end of WWII with a special Victory Dinner/Dance
from 6 pm to 10 pm on the fantail on Saturday, Aug. 10. The eventwill feature a
live performance by the Romano Sisters, who will do an Andrews Sisters show.
We’ll have WWII-era music playing during breaks and swingdancing! Guests will
also enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner of chicken and burgerswith all the fixings,
as well as purchase a delicious cocktail, glass of wine or beer.Tickets are $30 per
adults and $24 for children under 12. To reserve tickets, call 866-877-6262 ext.
108 or visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org.
A special WWII Victory Day Overnight Encampment will also be available for
families on Saturday evening. Enjoy dinner and breakfast served chowline-style
at the crew’s galley. Take a guided tour of the Battleship. Ride the 4D Flight
Simulator. And sleep in the bunks that the crew of the USS New Jersey once did.
Plus guests can also check out the WWII military vehicles and artifacts, and even
meet WWII re-enactors spending the night. The price for the overnight is $54.95
per person. For reservations, call 866-877-6262 ext. 203.
During the day, the Battleship will come to life as she did during WWII. Military
vehicles, including half-tracks and jeeps, will be parked on the ship’s pier for
guests to see. Guests can also check out artifacts from the era and talk with WWII
veterans. Guests can experience all of these activities with a tour ticket for the
WWII Victory Dayis part of a nationwide effort by the Spirit of ’45 to remember
our country’s greatest generation. For more information on the Spirit of ’45, visit
The Battleship New Jersey, named “Best of Philly – Historic Attraction” by
Philadelphia Magazine, is open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm for tours.
Experiencethe new Turret II Experience, available Saturdays and Sundays at
11am and 1pm. Explore five decks down the massive 16-inch gun turret. Along
the way, guests will hoist a projectile, load powder bags, generate a firing solution
on the analog computer and even pull the trigger to simulate the firing of this
legendary gun! The price is $29.95 per person. To purchase tickets, visit
www.battleshipnewjersey.org. Save the date: the Battleship’s annual golf outing
will be Monday, Oct. 7 at Sea Oaks Country Club, Little Egg Harbor Twp., NJ.
For more information, visit the Battleship New Jersey online at
www.battleshipnewjersey.org or call 1-866-877-6262.