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Historical stories, imaginative garden displays, Ringling Bros. & more

The Garden Railway returns to Morris Arboretum Memorial Day weekend.

The Garden Railway returns to Morris Arboretum Memorial Day weekend.

Check out what's new for families in May!

Don't miss these Editor's Picks:
• The 114th annual Devon Horse Show
Garden displays at Morris and Tyler Arboretums
Circus in Trenton

Attractions & Exhibits

Bring grandmom & grandpop to the National Liberty Museum in Phila. during the month of May. Seniors receive $2 off admission. Regular senior admission: $6. Other admission pricing: $2-$7.

FREE Art created by students of the John Hancock Demonstration School are on display at the Woodmere Art Museum in Phila. through May 16. Highlights of this Museum Masterpieces exhibit include a dollhouse with miniature pieces of art, famous Philly scenes & works inspired by Cezanne, van Gogh & other greats.

A Visual Arts Honors Gallery displaying more than 80 works by Camden County teens will be on exhibit at the Historic Hopkins House in Camden, May 1-22. At an open house on Sat., May 8, students will have the opportunity to discuss the inspiration behind the pieces.

Families can see artifacts and learn the stories of colonists who settled in Sussex County during the late 1600s and early 1700s during Captain John and Sarah Avery: A 17th-Century Family on Delaware’s Frontier, a new exhibit opening May 1 at the Rehoboth Beach Museum. Free with admission, $2-$5.

The 114th annual Devon Horse Show & Country Fair returns May 27-June 6. The show is the oldest & largest outdoor multi-breed equestrian competition in the U.S. Families can enjoy special discounts & promotions, and a doggie parade, too. Regular general/daily admission, $5-$8. Reserved grandstand seats, $9-$50.

The Garden Railway returns to the Morris Arboretum, May 29-Sept. 6. The miniature railroad & town built from natural materials features off-beat American Roadside Attractions as its theme for this year’s display. Free with admission, $7-$14.Historic Phila. storytelling benches

Nature’s Enchantment opens May 29 at Tyler Arboretum in Media. Gnomes, fairies, trolls & other mystical garden creatures are celebrated in this summer exhibit. While exploring the imaginative display, families can learn about ecology & sustainability in nature. Free with admission, $5-$9.

FREE Once Upon a Nation storytelling benches begin again for 2010 on Memorial Day weekend. Kids can visit benches throughout Philadelphia’s historic district & Valley Forge Park to hear stories of U.S. history at the sites where the events happened. Pick up flags & special stars along the way, then trade them for a coupon book & History Hero Certificate. www.historicphiladelphia.org

Performances

Dancing into the Merriam Theater in Phila. this month: the Pennsylvania Ballet presents Program IV: “Square Dance,” “Requiem for a Rose,” “Afternoon of a Faun” & “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated,” May 5-9 ($21.50-$124.50). You can also see the Irish tap dancing phenomenon Lord of the Dance, May 14-16 ($20-$70).

Three classic wolf tales are re-invented during A Howling Good Time, a full-production musical presented by On Stage & Off/Theatre & Kids at the Lansdale Center for the Performing Arts, May 7-15. $10.

The New Candlelight Theatre in Ardentown presents All Shook Up, a rockin’ version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night featuring Elvis’ jukebox hits, May 7-June 19. $32-$55.

See the full-length musical My Fair Lady presented by Pierror Productions at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor, May 7-16. $12-$16.

Storybook Musical Theatre presents the children’s fairytale Beauty & the Beast at the Bluett Theater at St. Joseph’s University in Phila., May 11-15, and the Mitchell Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon Valley, May 25-30. $10-$12. Reservations suggested. 215-659-8550.

Ringling Bros. in TrentonThe Please Touch Playhouse presents Pinch Bear, about a cute bear who’s out to prove herself to the world, May 14-June 5. Free with admission to the Please Touch Museum in Phila., $15.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey bring “The Greatest Show on Earth” — Barnum’s Funundrum! — to the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, May 13-23.

Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor of MetroKids.

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