Rhythm Nation

kid jam!

Banging spoons on pots and pans is munchkin’s idea of heavy metal.

Crank up the fun at Kid Jam, a weekly session for tykes (ages 4 and up) to explore collaborative music-making in an actual studio.

Owner Jason Jeffries got his start playing Neil Young covers in his parents’ basement and has dabbled in nearly every instrument since. Under his tutelage, little rock stars try a variety of noisemakers (keyboards, congas, more) and take a stab at writing lyrics. As a group, they create an original song and even lay down tracks. All leave with a CD of their hit single.

In other words, they go out with a bang.

Kid Jam, Saturdays, 11 a.m., at South Street Sounds, 1531 South Street (sssounds.com). To register, call 215-732-8259.

this week in philadelphia!

Winter Wonderland
A neighborhood gets spruced up with a tree lighting, caroling, horse and buggy rides, and a flurry of seasonal fun.
Why: Holly days are here again.
Sun., 5-7 p.m. Tree lighting, 6 p.m.
Where: Historic Headhouse Square, Second St., at Lombard St. Details at 215-625-7989.

Thanksgiving Day Parade
What: Watch the annual procession wind through the streets with floats, bands, and special guests.
Why: Work up an appetite.
When: Thurs., 8:15 a.m.-noon.
Where: Parade starts at the corner of 20th St. & JFK Blvd. Map online at abclocal.go.com. For more info, call 215-581-4502.

Saturday Family and Community Workshops

What: Explore mediums like origami and fabric collage at the weekly event free to families in the Philadelphia school district.
Why: Pencil it in.
Every Sat., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad St. (215-972-2061).

Photo: Courtesy of South Street Sounds

South Street Sounds
1531 South St
@ 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
128 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Historic Headhouse Square
2nd St
@ Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19147