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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: December 2–8

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A Longwood Christmas

November 22—January 5

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square


Stroll among a winter wonderland of a half million lights, and see Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden illuminated for the season. Plus, catch holiday concerts, carolers, sing-a-longs, and more throughout the holidays. Timed admission tickets are required.

Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show

November 23—January 5

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley


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.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

Select nights through January 5, 6—9 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Millions of lights illuminate the zoo, including animated installations, interactive elements, and themed attractions. Take a stroll through Snowflake Central, be dazzled by Rainbow Runway, and marvel at the custom decorations in the Wonder Way Christmas Tree exhibit. And of course, stop by Santa’s Workshop for photos—you may even see some live reindeer! Tickets are available online.

A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS

December 4–8

Wolf Performing Arts Center, 1240 Montrose Avenue, Bryn Mawr


Based on the well-loved books of the same name, A Year With Frog and Toad KIDS features animals large and small as they embark on a year with their dear friends, Frog and Toad. Tickets available online.

Elf: The Musical

November 13—January 12

The Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, Media


Call us cotton-headed ninny muggins, but it’s never too early to get into the spirit with this hilarious musical adaptation of the classic Will Ferrell film. After all, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!

Happy Place

Through January 5, 2020

King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia


Step into a mind-bending, colorful, larger-than-life and interactive 15,000 square foot pop-up installation in the King of Prussia Mall. Tickets available online. Visit our post for a Main Line Parent reader discount code!


Caregiver and Me Spanish
9:50 am
Spanish Exploradores, 2200 Grasslyn Ave., Havertown
Learn Spanish with your little one (9 months - 6 years) with music, games, crafts, stories, and more. Read More
Family Pet Photos with Santa
10 am-8 pm
Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
Bring the entire family to visit Santa for the perfect holiday photo. Book your timeslot online. Read More
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Eagleview Town Center
5 pm
565 Wellington Square, Exton
Re-scheduled due to rain on Sunday, you can get festive on Monday instead! Read More


Free 'Elf' Screenings
4:15 pm and 7:15 pm
Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville
To celebrate Giving Tuesday, Colonial Theatre is having free screenings of the holiday classic 'Elf.' Free, but get tickets online to reserve your spot! Read More
Tyler Arboretum Storytime: Walking in a Winter Wonderland
9:30-10:30 am
515 Painter Road, Media
Tyler hosts an interactive storytime for toddlers (age 18 months- 3 years) and their favorite adult in the cozy barn. Programs include storytime and an activity. Pre-register online. Read More
Giving Tuesday Storytime: 'The Mitten Tree'
10:30 am
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
Bring the little ones (ages 5 and under) for a reading of 'The Mitten Tree' by Candace Christiansen. Please consider bringing a donation of new mittens, hats, or gloves to be added to the library's mitten tree and distributed to children and families in need ... Read More
Music Training Center at Penn Wynne Library
10:30-11:30 am
130 Overbrook Pkwy., Wynnewood
Join Music Training Center for first steps in singing, rhythm, movement, and small instruments. Ages 0-4. Registration is required online. Read More
Toddler Jingle Bounce and Craft
10:30 am-noon
BounceU, 130 W. Main St., Collegeville
This holiday event is for kids ages 7 years and under. Kids will enjoy 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 the North Pole! Pre-registration is ... Read More
Youth Art: Polar Bears
4:30-5:30 pm
Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne
Kids ages 6-12 will learn how to draw a polar bear step-by-step (or use their imagination to create one). Registration is required. Read More
Frozen 2 Craft Night
5:30-8 pm
Uno Pizzeria & Grill, 106 Black Rock Rd., Oaks
Kids eat free (one free kids' meal per adult entree) and can do free Frozen crafts and coloring. Read More


Tyler Arboretum Little Chefs
10 – 11:30 am
515 Painter Road, Media
Start off the winter season with sweet treats made out of some unexpected foods! Make fun, beet-dyed shortbread cookies to celebrate this festive time of year. Follow it up with a warm, carrot and cinnamon pie that will replace pumpkin as your new favorite orange ... Read More
Music with Miss Joy
10:45 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
STEAM Storytime at American Helicopter Museum
11 am
1220 American Boulevard, West Chester
Come enjoy stories and creative science activities for ages 3 to 6. Free with paid admission to the museum. Read More
Preschool Explorers: I is for Icicle
1:30-2:15 pm
Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media
Winter stories and activities for little ones! Best for kids ages 3-5. No registration necessary. Read More
Creative Movement with Ballet180
4-4:45 pm
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli
Children ages 3-8 will be led through a movement workshop by Ballet180 that will introduce them to ballet vocabulary, movement explorations, choreography, and much more. Pre-register online. Read More
Gingerbread House Party
4:30-5:30 pm
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
Children ages 8-12 are invited for an afternoon of sweet creativity, building and decorating a gingerbread house out of a carton. Bring one half-gallon or pint-size milk or other container. The library will provide the icing and candy decorations. Pre-registration is required, online. Read More
Learn about Mi Casita
5:30-7 pm
Lulu's Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Come learn about Mi Casita's Spanish Immersion Preschool and Childcare Center, opening in Ardmore January 2020! Kids welcome to attend. Light snacks and vino for the grown-ups! RSVP to ardmore@micasitapreschool.com Read More
Holiday Tree Lighting
6-7 pm
GPCC-Service and Devotion Monument, 2903 Walton Road, Plymouth Meeting
Celebrate the season with a festive tree lighting. Rain date: December 5. Read More


11:30 am-noon
Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne
Yoga@Play classes combine yoga poses, mindfulness activities, games, music, and stories for little ones and their caregivers. For ages 1-4. Online registration required. Read More
Snowflake Making and Cookie Eating
4-4:45 pm
Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media
Best for ages 4 and up. Meet in the Children's Room. Read More
Little Red Robin Hood: A Musical Panto
7 pm
People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern
Fairytales collide in this brand new panto — Robin Hood is dead, his merry men are in hiding, and Nottinghamshire is taken over by a greedy villainess. Can a new hero (or heroine) emerge from Sherwood Forest and save the day? This musical mashup is ... Read More
Polar Express Read-Aloud Pajama Party
7-8 pm
Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman's Mill Rd., Chadds Ford
Children are invited to wear their pajamas as they delight in the tale of The Polar Express and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for guests to visit the Brandywine Railroad and enjoy the holiday tree displays. Tickets available online. Read More
7:30 pm
The Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore
This family musical reminds you that “you’re never fully dressed without a smile,” and that the sun will always come out tomorrow! Read More


First Notes Toddler Music
10-10:30 am
Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr
In this free class, First Notes of Ardmore will lead little ones in singing, rhythm, movement, and small instruments. Read More
Gingerbread Making Party at Treehouse World
11 am-1 pm
1442 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester
Toddler Time Gingerbread Making Party in the Gingerbread Treehouse! Pre-registration required. Read More
BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita
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
Sesame Place is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights and festive decorations all around. Their 1-2-3 Christmas Tree show features an illuminated pixel-based tree, that will project festive animated images while guests can sing and dance along to the festive soundtrack. There ... Read More
The Bullies Christmas Carol and Holiday Cheer Concert
5 pm
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester
Terrible twins Ebbie and Neezer bully their classmates, but when three goofy ghosts show the siblings the past, present, and future consequences of their awful deeds, they take another look at their choices. Followed by the arts center’s Holiday Cheer Concert which involves: The Broadway ... Read More
Christmas in Wayne and Tree Lighting
5-8 pm
Downtown Wayne
Festive caroling by the Valley Forge Military Academy Chorale, a joyful cheer by the Radnor High School Cheerleaders, and horse-drawn carriage rides along South Wayne and Runnymede Avenues; plus face painting and ornament decorating at the Radnor Fire House! The evening culminates with an exhilarating ... Read More
QVC West Chester Christmas Parade and Market
5-9 pm
Downtown West Chester
The parade is an annual West Chester tradition and will kick off Friday at 7:15 pm. Local schools, businesses, volunteer fire companies, and other service organizations will join the many marching bands, floats, and antique vehicles. Before the parade, many local businesses and organizations throughout ... Read More
Ardmore Winter Wonderland
5-9 pm
Schauffele Plaza, 35 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore
This festive holiday experience will include extended in-store shopping hours, an open-air marketplace, local restaurant favorites, in-store shopping and holiday events, live music, performances, kids’ activities, and the Ardmore Holiday Express trolley to transport visitors throughout the town. Plus, visits from Santa and other surprises! Read More
Phoenixville Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
5-9 pm
Downtown Phoenixville
With a Winter Shopping Market in the Main and Bridge Street parking lot from 5-9 pm, the parade at 7 pm, and the annual tree lighting ceremony right after the parade (around 8 pm), it is bound to be a night full of memories and ... Read More
Parent's Night Out at Phoenix Karate
6:30 pm
316 Bridge St., Phoenixville
Enjoy an adult night out while your kids burn off energy and have dinner. Pre-register online. Read More
Frozen Cupcake Bounce Party
6:30 pm
BounceU, 130 W. Main St., Collegeville
Special guests Anna, Elsa, and Olaf will be at the party to greet the children and pose for pictures. After 60 minutes of bounce time, every child will decorate their own “Frozen” cupcake. Pre-registration is required. Read More
Kids Friday Night Out Series at GPCC
6:30-9 pm
Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting
Drop off kids (ages 6-11) for a night of sports and snacks while you enjoy an adult night out! Read More
'Matilda' at SALT
7 pm
1645 Art School Rd., Chester Springs
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's 'Matilda The Musical' is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams ... Read More
Christmas Tree Train at Strasburg Railroad
7 pm
301 Gap Road, Ronks
For that special Currier and Ives Christmas experience, take a ride aboard Strasburg Rail Road's Christmas Tree Train! Travel by authentic steam train to Leaman Place Grove where you can choose a pre-cut Frasier Fir tree and have it delivered back to the station. Read More
Christmas Carol Sing-along in Bryn Mawr
7-8 pm
5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr
Santa arrives in style sitting upon a Bryn Mawr firetruck. Sacred Heart Academy will lead the caroling. Refreshments will be provided. Read More
8 pm
The Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore
This family musical reminds you that “you’re never fully dressed without a smile,” and that the sun will always come out tomorrow! Read More
First Friday Crafts
Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr
Join Miss Gail for a Winter Wonderland Collage Craft. All ages welcome. Read More

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