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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: August 12–18

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All Week

‘Willy Wonka, Jr.’

August 13–16

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill

 

Grab your golden tickets for the finale of Summer Stage’s season. Tickets available online.

Play K: Kindergarten Readiness Camp

August 12–15, 3:30–4:30 pm

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne

 

Get ready for Kindergarten with this four-day series of storytimes focusing on school-readiness skills and routines. Also includes plenty of play activities! Open to children ages 4-5. Registration required in-person, by phone, or online.

Kids’ Cooking Workshop: 5-Day Series

August 12–16, noon

Sur la Table, 690 West DeKalb Pike, Suite 2068, King Of Prussia

 

Each day, kids (ages 8-12) will put on an apron and get cooking, making foods they love and learning kitchen skills. Register online. For teens, look into the five-day series Sizzling Summer Break, also happening this week at 3 pm every day.

Cirque Du Soleil presents Amaluna

July 25—August 25

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks

 

Loosely inspired by William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest,’ Amaluna is a spectacle of aerial and acrobatic arts. Tickets available online.

LEGO Ninjago Days

July 20—September 2

LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Do you accept Master Wu’s mission? Try NINJAGO training camp, catch costumed characters, check out the new LEGO NINJAGO Master of the 4th Dimension 4D movie, and more.

 

Monday

Messy Playtime
10 am-noon
Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy, Wynnewood
Each class provides a variety of activities including painting, play dough, seasonal crafts, chalk, stamps, and more. “Neat” activities such as puzzles, blocks, and drawing are available as well. Bring a smock! Read More
Splash Party
10:30 am
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
Stop in for some water play to help you cool off! For ages 5 and under. Read More
Books and Beasts at Elmwood Park Zoo: Lizard Day!
10:30 am
1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
Come join EPZ's Books and Beasts program every second and fourth Monday of the month. Enjoy storytime with zoo education staff, featuring stories about different animals. Guests will also get the chance to meet an education animal! Books are chosen for ages 6 years and ... Read More
Library Matinee: 'A Dog's Way Home'
11 am
Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr
Part of the library's Family Films series in August, 'A Dog's Way Home' follows a lost dog on an epic 400-mile journey to be reunited with her owner. Read More
Block Printing Scarves
4:30-5:30 pm
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli
The Colonial Plantation will teach tweens and teens (Grades 5 to 12) how to block print their own scarf. Online registration required. Read More
Pajama Storytime
6-6:30 pm
Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media
Celebrate sleepytime! Wear your pajamas and listen to stories about bedtime. Best for ages 3 and up. Read More

Tuesday

Story N' Pick at Highland Orchards
10 am
1000 Marshallton Thorndale Rd., West Chester
Start your morning with storytime and then take the shuttle out to pick the crop of the day. Check in at the Farm Market to purchase your Pick Your Own container by 9:45 am. Storytime begins at 10 am. Read More
Storytime and Craft at Linvilla Orchards
10-11 am
137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media
Every Tuesday, Miss Marcia reads an entertaining story featuring gardens, farming, animals, and nature; and children can also create a special craft each week. Free, no registration required. Read More
Museum Stroller Tour
10:30 am
Brndywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman's Mill Road, Chadds Ford
Enjoy a relaxed morning out with your little one while engaging with art in the galleries at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. This guided tour is designed especially for adults accompanied by babies. Read More
Captain Underpants Party
11:15 am-noon
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
Crafts, gross games, and potty humor abound at this celebration for Captain Underpants fans ages 6-9. Pre-registration is required online. Read More
Edible Garden Sprouts
1-2 pm
Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media
Kids will investigate compost, red wiggler worms, and insects that are important for the garden. Then, harvest some summer veggies. Pre-register online. Read More
Tuesday Matinee at Ardmore Library
1-3 pm
108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore
Settle in for a free screening of Disney's 'Treasure Planet' at the library! Read More
Summer Art School, Jr.
7-8 pm
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
A different, self-contained art project every week for kids ages 6-8. Read More
Perseid Meteor Shower Party
8:30 pm
Harriet Wetherill Park, 2642 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting
Join GPCC for a quick lesson and activity about the night sky and then stargaze to see how many meteors you can spot--at the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower you can see 100 shooting stars per hour! Dress in pajamas and bring chairs/blankets to ... Read More

Wednesday

Story N' Pick at Highland Orchards
10 am
1000 Marshallton Thorndale Rd., West Chester
Start your morning with storytime and then take the shuttle out to pick the crop of the day. Check in at the Farm Market to purchase your Pick Your Own container by 9:45 am. Storytime begins at 10 am. Read More
Bilingual Storytime and Music Circle
10-10:30 am
Lulu's Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Weekly mini fiesta and bilingual storytime at Lulu's, included with admission. Read More
Tyler Arboretum Toddlers in Nature
10-11 am
515 Painter Rd., Media
Toddlers (age 18 months to 3 years) will explore shadows and sunshine, hot spots, and cool corners, meandering around seeing what plants and animals do to beat the heat. Then, make a cool project using the power of the sun! Pre-register online. Read More
Music with Miss Joy
10:30-11:15 am
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
A lively musical storytime for the preschool crowd. Sing and bop along with Miss Joy, her guitar, and some fun stories. Space is limited so free tickets will be available starting at 10 am at the Children's Circulation desk. For ages 5 and under with ... Read More
Preschool Explorers
1:30-2:15 pm
Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media
Stories and activities geared for ages 3-5. This week's theme: Planet Earth. Read More
Teen Volunteer Hour at Paoli Library
3-4 pm
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli
If your teens (grades 6-12) are looking to pick up some volunteer hours, they can stop by the library. Tasks include everything from cleaning up the library shelves to making cards for sick children. No registration required. Read More
Patio Party at Belmont Hills Library
6-7:30 pm
120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd
Gather on the new outside patio for a special space-themed story time and s'mores activity. Read More
Fireworks Show at United Sports
6-10 pm
United Sports, 1426 Marshallton Thorndale Rd., Downingtown
Celebrate United Sports' 20th anniversary with food trucks, games, waterslides, moon bounces, and of course fireworks! Read More
Outdoor Concert: The Quake
7-9 pm
Community Center Park amphitheater behind GPCC, 2910 Jolly Rd., Plymouth Meeting
Bring your own chairs and blankets, and enjoy this high-energy party band. Kona ice will be available for purchase. Read More

Thursday

Summertime Stories in the Children's Garden
10 am
Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon
Visit the Children’s Garden and enjoy a nature-themed read aloud. Then borrow a Jenkins Explorer Vest and binder of materials to enjoy as you walk along the garden paths. Appropriate for children 3 to 8 accompanied by an adult. Free; pre-registration required. Read More
The Magic of Mike Rose
10-11 am
Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr
Magician Mike Rose has once again created an all new magic program for libraries. “Magic That Came From Outer Space” is designed to perfectly complement the Summer Reading theme for 2019 “A Universe of Stories.” Read More
Springhouse Storytime
10-11 am
Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd., Glen Mills
Perfect for any energetic preschoolers who enjoy good stories, interactive games, and explorations in nature. Each storytime begins and ends with a hayride to the Springhouse (weather permitting), and covers a different exciting theme. This month, it's rainbows! Programs are held rain or shine, and ... Read More
Kids' DIY Fairy Garden Workshop
10-11:30 am
Main Line Co-op Pop Up Shop, 122 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne
Join Mrs. Meyer’s Smartest Artists at Main Line Pop Up for a morning of creativity and DIY fun. Registration required online. Read More
Family Yoga at Highland Orchards
10:15-10:45 am
1000 Marshallton Thorndale Rd., West Chester
Treehouse Yoga for Children hosts a class that introduces breathing techniques, body and spatial awareness, and focus activities in a fun and playful manner. Register online. Read More
Turtle Dance Party
10:30 am
Newtown Public Library, 201 Bishop Hollow Rd., Newtown Square
Join Turtle Dance Music for a fun, free, all-ages, sensory-friendly show at the Newtown Public Library. Read More
Everyday Heroes Storytime
10:30-11:15 am
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
Learn all about being an everyday hero with Officer Butler. Read a story, and then get to see a police car up close! For ages 7 and under. Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before the program start time. Read More
Sewing: Back to Basics
4:30-5:30 pm
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
Children ages 8-12, attending independently, are invited to learn the basics of sewing. Online registration required. Read More
Free Music at Marshall Concert
6-8:30 pm
Marshall Square Park, West Chester
Free concert by the Tom Craig Band. The picnic starts at 6 pm and the band at 6:30 pm. Read More
Free Concert at Suburban Square
6:30-8 pm
Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore
Gather at the Courtyard for music by the Elegance Quartet, sharing their creative arrangements of popular songs using violins, viola, and cello. Read More
Summer Art School
6:45-7:45 pm
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
A different, self-contained art project every week for kids ages 9-12. Read More
Moon Magic
7-8 pm
Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Rd., Bala Cynwyd
Join Miss Suzanne to explore lunar phases through science, craft, and fun for all! Appropriate for ages 8-12. Registration is required; contact the Junior Room for details. Read More
Music in the Park: The Monkeephiles
7-9 pm
Anderson Farm Park, 499 Hopwood Rd., Collegeville
A free all-ages concert in the park! Bring your own blanket and enjoy. Read More
Illuminated Fountain Show: Piano Men
9:15 pm
Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square
Find a place to sit—or stand back in awe—as water in all shapes, sizes, and heights combines with the music of Billy Joel and Elton John. Timed tickets required. Read More

Friday

Family Fun Friday at Media-Upper Providence Free Library
11—11:45 am
1 E. Front St., Media
This week, drop in for Bingo & Board Games. Bingo is best for ages 5 and up. Board games are best for ages 3 and up. Read More
BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita
4—7:30pm
6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Lulu’s is open until 7:30 pm for more fun, BYOB, and pizza starting at 4 pm. Parents can relax with some adult beverages while kids tire themselves out before bedtime. Read More
Ninja Turtle Pizza Party
5:30-8 pm
Charming Star Playroom, 4627 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square
Charming Star hosts a special pizza BYOB night with a Ninja Turtle visitor! Pre-register in advance; pizza and drinks included for the whole family with the purchase of tickets. For ages 6 and under. Read More
Tyler on Tap
5:30-9 pm
515 Painter Road, Media
New for this year, every Friday from July 5 through August 23, come to Tyler for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening with food trucks and great beer from 2SP Brewing. With the location rotating each week within the grounds, this “beerboretum” will feature science-related tables for ... Read More
Outdoor Movie Night: 'Ralph Breaks the Internet'
6:30-9:30 pm
Caln Township, 253 Municipal Dr., Thorndale
Join Caln Township Parks and Recreation for an evening of fun and food in the park. Food vendors and activities start at 6:30 pm; movie starts at 8:30 pm. Bring chairs or blankets Read More
Movies on the Lawn: 'How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World'
7 pm
Ursinus College, 601 E. Main Street, Collegeville
The College invites families to begin arriving at 7 pm with their chairs and blankets and to enjoy the food trucks on site. Before the movie, there will be music and entertainment for the kids on the lawn. The movie will start at dusk. In ... Read More
'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'
7-8:30 pm
SALT Performing Arts, 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs
SALT presents a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic musical, based on the beloved comic strip. In the show's final weekend, the adult cast performs. Tickets available online. Read More
Summer Movie Night at Oakbourn Park: 'Night at the Museum'
8 pm
Oakbourne Park, 1014 S. Concord Road, West Chester
Gather in the park with your blankets for a free movie night! Read More
Outdoor Movie Night: 'Little Giants'
8-10 pm
King of Prussia Town Center, 155 Village Drive, King of Prussia
Grab your popcorn, bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and enjoy a fun movie. Head over to the green space for free popcorn. Read More
Movies Under the Stars: 'Ghostbusters'
8:30-10:30 pm
Behind the Easttown Library, 720 First Ave., Berwyn
Who you gonna call? Gather for a free movie and popcorn outside! Arrive any time after 8 pm. Movie begins at dusk (about 8:30 pm). Read More

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