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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: December 17–23

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See this: Holiday Lights on the Main Line and Beyond

Linvilla Orchards’ Christmas Around the Farm

Through December 23

598 Linvill Rd., Media

 

Cut your own Christmas tree, visit the Christmas shop, and even see Santa (he’s there Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm and 3 pm).

Drop-Off Play at Lulu’s Casita West Chester

December 17–21, 9–11:15 am

109 N. High Street, West Chester

 

 

Drop of kids ages 18 months-5 years for supervised play in the morning. Email luluscasitawestchester@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Santa’s Village at FMFCU

December 17—23, 4—7 pm

100 West State Street, Media

 

 Visit with Santa at FMFCU for photos and wishes.

‘Cinderella: A Musical Panto’

Through January 6, 2019

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

 

Enjoy this musical tradition as People’s Light puts their signature spin on the magical tale of fairy godmothers and glass slippers. Best for kids ages 5 and up.

Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show

Through January 6, 2019

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley

 

More than more than 3 million lights illuminate the farm with fantastic displays. You can drive through in the comfort of your own car, or enjoy the show on an open air wagon ride. After the show, sit by the bonfire, take in the sounds and sights of the Tree of Hope, and enjoy some s’mores and hot cocoa (available on site at the Farm Market). You can even visit with Santa at the market.

Garden Railway at Longwood Gardens

Through January 6, 2019

1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

 

Find this yearly favorite right near the restaurant at Longwood—it includes almost 400 feet of track, and beautiful models of favorite Longwood buildings constructed from natural materials.

West Chester Griswolds

November 22—January 1; Monday—Thursday 4:45—9:45 pm, Friday—Sunday 4:45—10:15 pm

304 Dutton Mill Rd., West Chester

 

The Plummer Family’s annual display features over 85,000 LED lights, and is gets bigger and better every year. They start working on their holiday spectacle each fall, and it runs from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. The Plummers suggest that if you visit, to tune your car radio to 87.9 for Christmas songs and information about the display.

‘Rosie the Reindeer and the Case of the Stolen Snowglobe’

Select dates through December 30

Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Avenue, Ambler

 

The magical snow globe was stolen from Santa’s sleigh … and Mrs. Claus needs Rosie to crack the case! Two actors play all the roles in this hilarious quick-change comedy for the family. Tickets available online.

 


Monday

Mommy and Me Spanish

9:50-10:30 am

Spanish Exploradores, 2200 Grasslyn Ave., Havertown

Come for a free trial class for kids 9 months - 6 years. Sing songs, play games, and make a craft, all while learning Spanish. Email spanishexploradores@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Read More

Merge Dance at Gladwyne Library

10-10:30 am

362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne

Kids ages 0-3 can come for a free half-hour of dance with Miss Christa! Read More

Music Monkey Jungle at cBOP

10:30 am-11 am

cBOP, 393 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford

The Music Monkey Jungle Sing Along. Best suited for ages baby- 4 years. $12 at the door. Babies under 6 months free. Read More

Teen Art Club

2:30—4 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

Middle school and high school aged patrons can have fun while hanging out and exploring artistic mediums. Ages: Grades 6-12. Cost: Free. Contact: Jenifer at phillips@haverfordlibrary.org Read More

Merry Grinchmas at Lansdowne Public Library

4 pm

55 S. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne

Enjoy the 1966 animated classic, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, then take part in an activity which will make your heart grow three sizes and Grinch-themed refreshments. Read More

Creative Movement at Paoli Library

4-4:45 pm

18 Darby Rd., Paoli

Movement workshop is presented by teachers from Ballet180. Children will be led through movement workshops that will introduce them to ballet vocabulary, movement explorations, choreography, and much more. Ages 3-8. Online registration required. Read More

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

6—10 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

Millions of lights illuminate the zoo, including animated installations, interactive elements, and themed attractions. Follow the lighted path to visit Disco Ball Way and Candy Cane Lane, and stop by Santa’s Workshop for photos—you may even see some live reindeer! Be sure to add on a ... Read More

Tuesday

Storytime and Craft at Linvilla Orchards

10—11 am

598 Linvill Rd., Media

Miss Marcia reads an entertaining story featuring gardens, farming, animals, and nature.  Children can also create a special craft each week. Primarily for preschoolers, but your entire family is welcome to join. Free; no registration required. Read More

Nature Inspired Crafts at Tyler Arboretum

1-2:30 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

Kids age 4-6 will go on a hike and gather natural materials to create a wonderful holiday ornament. Pre-registration required. Read More

'The Muppet Christmas Carol' at Ardmore Library

1-3 pm

108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

Celebrate the season with a free movie screening of a true classic. Read More

Evil Genius Lab

2:30 pm – 4 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

Evil Genius Lab invites teens (Grades 6-12) to drop in on a Tuesday to test out lots of different STEM and maker materials. Activities include building roller coasters or robots, creating music with sound engineering equipment, exploring virtual reality games, and more. Read More

Pajama Storytime

7—7:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library
1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

Come in your PJs and bring a cuddle friend to enjoy good night tales with Ms. Danielle before heading to bed. Read More

Wednesday

Bilingual Storytime and Music Circle

10 am

Lulu's Casita
6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

Lulu's hosts a mini fiesta and bilingual story time every Wednesday at 10 am with the legendary Ms. Val. Then stay and play afterwards! Read More

Little Chefs: International Foods

10—11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media

This week, bake a pie and decorate sugar cookies in the spirit of the holiday season! Thematic content and cooking tasks will be best suited to kids ages 3-6, but all ages are welcome. Pre-registration required. Read More

Winter Wonderland Music, Bubbles, and Comedy Show with Turtle Dance Music

10:30 am

Radnor United Methodist Church
930 Conestoga Rd., Bryn Mawr

A “turtle-riffic” musical experience that is designed to engage children through song, movement, stories, projections, and interactive music technology. Best for ages 2 and up. Read More

Kwanzaa Story Hour with Kim

10:30-11:30 am

Common Space
25 Rittenhouse Pl., Ardmore

Join a dynamic storyteller, Kim, for a reading of Lil Rabbit's Kwanzaa and a hands-on craft. Read More

Turtle Dance Music presents Winter Wonderland

1-1:45 pm

Haverford Township Free Library
1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

A “turtle-riffic” musical experience that is designed to engage children through song, movement, stories, projections and interactive music technology! Each song is accompanied by hands-on, visual, and sensory experiences. Kids will play instruments and dance along through the whole show. Read More

Preschool Explorers: Gingerbread Man Science

1:30-2:15 pm

Media-Upper Providence Free Library
1 E. Front St., Media

Stories and hands-on learning activities for ages 3-5. Call 610-566-1918 to register. Read More

Teen Holiday Quizzo

2:30 pm – 4 pm

Haverford Township Free Library
1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

Teens (grades 6-12) can play as individuals or on teams of up to three people. They'll play through five rounds of trivia that will test their knowledge of holiday traditions, movies, and more! Read More

Turtle Music Dance Party

4-5 pm

Newtown Public Library, 201 Bishop Hollow Rd., Newtown Square

Join an all-ages comedy, music, and bubble show! Read More

March-In of the Continental Army

6 pm

Valley Forge National Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia

Experience an evening of festivities at Valley Forge. Take a candlelit walk to the Muhlenberg Brigade huts, encounter reenactors at a living Continental camp, meet George Washington, and enjoy eighteenth-century music. Warm up in the Visitor Center with gingerbread, holiday drinks, storytelling, and more! Read More

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

6—10 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

Millions of lights illuminate the zoo, including animated installations, interactive elements, and themed attractions. Follow the lighted path to visit Disco Ball Way and Candy Cane Lane, and stop by Santa’s Workshop for photos—you may even see some live reindeer! Be sure to add on a ... Read More

Pajama Storytime: Celebrate Christmas

7—7:30 pm

Belmont Hills Library
120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd

Get your PJs on, brush your teeth, and grab your lovey for a holiday storytime. Read More

Thursday

Winter Special Storytime: Oh! Deer

10 am (ages 18 months-3 years); 1-2 pm (ages 4-6)

Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Rd., Media

Learn all about deer – hear a story and touch their fur, skull, and antlers. Make a reindeer hat to take home. Pre-register online. Read More

Toddler Jingle Bounce

10-11:30 am

Bounce U
130 W. Main St., Collegeville

Toddler Jingle Bounce is for kids ages 7 years and under, and includes 60 minutes of bounce time, followed by cookies, drinks and a special craft in the Party Room. Each child will also receive a special souvenir from North Pole. Limited spots available-- register ... Read More

Music Monkey Jungle at cBOP

10:30am-11:00am

cBOP, 393 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041, USA

The Music Monkey Jungle Sing Along. Best suited for ages baby- 4 years. $12 at the door. Babies under 6 months free. Member Cards are $100 and available at www.musicmonkeyungle.com For more info: Lori 732.687.8134 Read More

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

6—10 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

Millions of lights illuminate the zoo, including animated installations, interactive elements, and themed attractions. Follow the lighted path to visit Disco Ball Way and Candy Cane Lane, and stop by Santa’s Workshop for photos—you may even see some live reindeer! Be sure to add on a ... Read More

Polar Express Story Time

6:30-7:15 pm

Penn Wynne Library
130 Overbrook Pkwy., Wynnewood

Come for a reading of the holiday classic, The Polar Express by Chris Van Alsburg, followed by a simple craft. Children of all ages are welcome. Registration is required. Read More

Friday

Tunes for Tots

10-10:45 am

Trail's End Cafe at Cynwyd Station

Jam and sing along with Hazzan Harold and his puppet friends! Come ready to sing, bop, and hear a story (plus, enjoy some coffee while the kids play!) Read More

Bilingual French and English Storytime

10:30-11 am

Tredyffrin Public Library
582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford

Children 5 and under with a caregiver, join a fun bilingual French and English storytime. No registration required; the library will hand out free tickets starting 30 minutes before the program begins. Read More

Roots with Ruark at Lulu’s Casita

11 am

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

Come for a weekly music circle for little ones, then stay and play! Read More

Family Stories and Puppet Show: Winter Magic

11-11:45 am

Media-Upper Providence Free Library
1 E. Front St., Media

Listen to stories of the season, dance, and watch the short puppet show, “Winter Magic.” Best for ages 0-5. Read More

Teen Gaming Club

2:30 pm – 4 pm

Haverford Township Free Library
1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

Kids in grades 6-12 can come relax and play. A Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Game Cube console and games are available for use, or they can bring their own portable devices or games. Read More

Kids' Cooking at Ludington Library

4-5 pm

5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

Casey leads kids in decorating chocolate marshmallows. All recipes are non-baked and have few ingredients. Registration is required, program is for children ages 5 and up only. Caregiver must stay with kids. 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

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

4-8 pm

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne

During the holidays, Sesame Place is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights and festive decorations all around. New for this year, their 1-2-3 Christmas Tree show, has a brand-new illuminated pixel-based tree, that will project festive animated images while guests can ... Read More

Winterfest at King of Prussia Town Center

5-8 pm

155 Village Dr., King of Prussia

Winter fun with a snow globe bounce house, live entertainment, and tasty treats. Read More

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

6—10 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

Millions of lights illuminate the zoo, including animated installations, interactive elements, and themed attractions. Follow the lighted path to visit Disco Ball Way and Candy Cane Lane, and stop by Santa’s Workshop for photos—you may even see some live reindeer! Be sure to add on a ... Read More

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