THIS WEEK: May 31 to June 6, 2013
Aladdin Jr., a children’s theater presentation by Kiss Theatre Company, 58 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 tonight; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. 829-1901.
Junior Bird Club, a morning bird walk with members of the Pennsylvania Society of Ornithology. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 7:30 a.m. Saturday. New members welcome at $5. Registration: 403-2006.
Kids Free Fishing Derby, for ages 4 to 15 with prizes in all age categories. Lackawanna State Park, 1839 Abington Road, North Abington Township. Meet in the first parking area. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 346-2274.
Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine, a reading of Allison Wortche’s empathetic story that captures every child’s desire to be noticed. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 10 a.m. Tuesday; 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 829-4210.
Natural Wonders: Beautiful Butterflies, a nature session for ages 3 to 5 with stories, art and utdoor exploration. Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Registration: 842-1506.
Downhill Derby, the annual race for ages 7 to 11, sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 430. North Market Street in Glen Lyon. June 8 with registration at 11 a.m. and race at noon. For car plan specifications, call 245-5077 or refer to the Cub Scout Bear Handbook.
A Cat Named Toto, a reading and book signing by author Michelle Russell. For ages 6 to 10. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 2 p.m. June 8. 829-4210.
Father’s Day Storytime, with craftmaking for Dad. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 10 a.m. June 11; 6:30 p.m. June 13. 829-4210.
Children’s Gardening Series, with stories and hands-on activities in the garden. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. June 12, 19, 26; July 10, 19, 26; Aug. 7, 21. $5 per session. 967-7275.
It’s a Bug’s Life, exploring the world of insects through games, crafts, a bug hunt and woodland activities. For ages 4 to 8. Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 Route 487, Benton. 10 a.m. to noon June 17 and 18. Registration: 477-7780.
The Transformers, exploring the world of dragonflies and butterflies through games, crafts and outdoor activities. For ages 4 to 8. Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 Route 487, Benton. 10 a.m. to noon June 24 and 25. Registration: 477-7780.
Exploring the Ancient Woodlands, a two-session nature camp with hiking, a stream search, salamander search and woodland expeditions. For ages 9 to 12. Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 Route 487, Benton. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 8-9 and Aug. 5-6. Registration: 477-7780.
Wildlife Forensics, two sessions on the basics of wildlife forensic science including track identification, locating and deciphering blood trails and collecting bones and skulls. For ages 12 to 17. Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 Route 487, Benton. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 15 to 17. Registration: 477-7780.
Tiny Tales: Life in a Hole, a two-part program exploring the lifestyles and habitats of small creatures of the forest including chipmunks, kangaroo mice and squirrels. Ages 4 to 8. Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 Route 487, Benton. 10 a.m. to noon July 29 and 30. Registration: 477-7780.
Pirate and Princess Adventure, a “Disney Junior Live on Tour” performance with characters from “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” along with appearances by Cinderella, Doc McStuffins and Peter Pan. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 2 and 5 p.m. Nov. 10. $65, $50, $26. 800-745-3000.
Max & Ruby in The Nutcracker Suite, the cartoon bunnies take to the stage in a magical performance of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Dec. 19. $30, $20. 826-1100.