Do back-to-school sales and commercials have you feeling blue for a return to homework and crazy schedules? Or maybe the first day of school is the highlight of your calendar year! Either way, make the most of the dwindling days of summer with the exciting events on the Main Line this week.By Pamela Badolato Photo courtesy of Arty Pantz Productions
Tuesday, August 7
Eat Like A Pirate is the newest show at the Please Touch Museum‘s puppet show theater. Learn about good eating and exercise with these funny pirate characters on their crazy adventures.
John Cassidy returns to the Colonial Theatre with his comedy routine and balloon art today at 10:30 am!
Rock ‘n Roar with Grammy-nominee Zak Morgan at the Philadelphia Zoo on the Impala Lawn at 11 am. Morgan’s children’s music is full of songs and poems with with and charm for kids and adults.
It’s the National Night Out Festival at Suburban Square tonight in the parking lot across from Ruby’s Diner. National Night Out is a celebration to fight crime by getting out of your house and joining in some community fun. Enjoy clowns, a moon bounce, face painting, police motorcycles, fire engines, an ambulance, the K-9 department, carnival games & rides, and treats!
Wednesday, August 8
Do you see a face hidden inside your vegetables? How about an animal in your fruit? Check out Wayne Art Center’s Play With Your Food demonstration on food carving!
Penn Museum visits Smith Playground today with family-friendly programming about their new exhibit, Maya 2012. Participate in fun games and activities to learn about ancient Maya.
Upper Darby Summer Stage presents How I Became A Pirate from August 8-10. It’s a story of adventure and finding one’s own heart — a path that can’t be found on any treasure map!
Thursday, August 9
Artypantz Productions presents an interactive storytelling event about unity and cooperation at the Tredyffrin Township Library. After the story, each child will make a paper bug or butterfly wand! (Ages 2-6, older siblings welcome!)
Free Play on the Parkway presents an Olympic event with five physical activities that relate to the air we breath and let finishers make their own medal from recycled materials! Sponsored by Moms Clean Air Force.
Friday, August 10
Become a zoo detective at Elmwood Park Zoo’s Zoo Snooze tonight as you try to solve the mystery of who has been taking food from the zoo! Track prints, study the animals’ diets, and search for evidence, then camp out at the zoo.
The 15th anniversary of Smooth Jazz Summer Nights celebrates Woman in Music. This free concert continues every Friday night in August on the Delaware River Waterfront at 7:30 pm at the Great Plaza, followed by the free Friday Night Lights landside fireworks display.
Saturday, August 11
Waterloo Gardens has created a fun area in their nursery yard called the Splash Zone! Kids can get wet in sprinklers, squirt their friends with water guns, and toss water balloons. Waterloo Gardens is also celebrating the arts of Chester County with local artists, food vendors, and musicians gathering today and tomorrow to gain support from the community. (Takes place at Waterloo Gardens, 200 N. Whitford Road, Exton from 10 am-1 pm.)
From caterpillars to majestic winged adults, beautiful butterflies from around the world are the stars of the Academy of Natural Science’s 5th Annual Bug Fest.
Celebrate all things trees with nature detective activities, live animals, and kids’ tree climbing with rope and harness at Tyler Arboretum’s Tree House Festival!
Shabbat Morning Family Services at 10 am include singing, tefilah, discussion, and prayer exploration for the whole family at Congregation Beth Am Israel. Service is geared towards children from Kindergarten-6th grade. Tot Shabbat will take place at 11:30 am for children younger than Kindergarten age and their caregivers.
Sunday, August 12
Celebrate Our Lady of Assumption‘s annual Parish Festival with great Italian food, water ice, games, fire engine, and so much more. Bring the whole family for food and fun!
Thomas the Train and Friends have taken over the tracks at Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway!