We three kings of Camden

Posted On January 6, 2007

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Children’s Garden to host a regal Epiphany party.

Immerse yourself in the warmth of the tropics at Camden Children’s Garden as it is transformed into Puerto Rico’s Plaza de Aibonito for a Three Kings Day observance.

Known as the feast of the Epiphany, Jan. 6 is regarded as the official end to the holiday season. In many Hispanic communities this is the day children receive their gifts. Nearly 200 from Camden’s Respond Day Care Centers and Head Start programs will receive presents from the Marines’ Toys for Tots campaign from Camden city officials masquerading as the wise men.

Former Police Chief Edwin Figueroa, City Council President Angel Fuentes, City Council aide Eddie Colon, City Councilman Gilbert “Whip” Wilson, and Luis Lopez of the school board will play the kings who visited Jesus bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Children’s Garden events coordinator Tracy Tomchik says getting participants was easy. “These officials are partners in many of our programs, so they’re happy to get dressed in full three kings garb and celebrate with the community.”

Other activities include crafting a king’s crown, designing postcards, and amusement rides.

Three Kings Celebration, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Dr., Camden. Admission: $5; $3 ages 3 to 11; those under 3 enter free. Information: 856-365-8733 or www.camdenchildrensgarden.org.