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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: December 23–29

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A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

December 23–29 (closed Christmas Day)

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 are also three different holiday stage shows, an illuminated Christmas parade, and more. This year, Rudolph, along with his friends Clarice, Bumble and Sam the Snowman will be available for photos with guests in Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland.

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.

Elf: The Musical

November 13—January 12

The Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, Media

A 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.

Little Red Robin Hood: A Musical Panto

November 13—January 5

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 sure to delight all ages through the holidays. Tickets available online.

Winter Clinics at Julian Krinsky School of Tennis

December 20–31 (closed December 25); see schedule for clinic times

Gulph Mills Tennis Club, 610 S. Henderson Rd., King of Prussia

Throughout break, kids ages 7-16 can participate in tennis clinics taught by full-time USPTA-, USPTR-, and JKST-trained professionals. Clinics are divided by skill level, and are $27 for 1-hour classes at the Red, Orange, and Green levels; and $50 for 1.5-hour classes at the Yellow and Blue levels. Sign up at the front desk of the club or sign up over the phone: 610.265.3677.

The Handwork Studio Winter Camp

December 23-27 (closed December 25), 9 am — 3 pm (morning and afternoon half days available)
35 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth

Creative, project-based crafting is the name of the game at the Handwork Studio. Early care and aftercare are available at an additional cost.

Elmwood Park Zoo Winter Camp

December 23, 26, 27, and 30; 9 am–4 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

School’s Out Day Camp allows for children ages 6-8 and 9-13 to spend their day exploring and learning all about Elmwood Park Zoo’s animals.

Young Sports Day-Off Camp

December 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31, and January 1 and 2; 8:30 am–3 pm (half days available)

133 Old Sugartown Road, Wayne

Kids ages 2.5-8 will enjoy a day of sports, games, crafts, and much more in a controlled, indoor environment.

Marple Sports Arena Day-Off Camp

December 23 — 31 (closed December 24 and 25)
611 Parkway Dr., Broomall

Let your kids enjoy an active break from school with rock climbing, skating, sports play, and arcade time at this fun center.

Riverbend Winter Camp

December 23, 26, 27, and 30, 9 am — 3:30 pm

1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne

At Riverbend, focus on wilderness survival during spring break! Children will be engaged with real survival skills like starting fires and building shelters, all in the comfort of the local woods.  Before and aftercare is available. Ages 4-11.

Monday

Cookie Decorating with Elf on the Shelf
10-11:30 am
Lulu's Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Get ready for the holidays with a sweet treat activity! Also includes open play, hot chocolate bar, and pictures with Elf on the Shelf (bring your own camera). Email info@luluscasita.com to buy tickets. Read More
'Christmas Sweet Surprises' Cooking Camp
10 am-1 pm
Haverford CREC, 9000 Parkview Dr., Haverford
Kitchen Wizards is running a “Christmas Sweet Surprises” class on December 23, where each kid will leave with plenty of homemade cookies and candy for Santa! Ages 8-12. Read More
Santa’s Little Helper Camp at BounceU
10 am-1 pm
BounceU of Collegeville,130 W. Main St., Collegeville
Drop your kids off for some fun at BounceU while you get some last-minute holiday errands done. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Read More
Comfy Cozy Family Storytime
10:30-11:15 am
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
Get comfy and wear your coziest pajamas while you enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes for children 5 and under with caregiver. Tickets are available at the Children's Circulation desk starting 30 minutes before storytime begins. Read More
All-Day Open Play at Belmont Hills Library
10:30 am-4 pm
120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd
Spend part of your break at the library for a day of STEAM activities, games, self-guided crafts, and open play. Read More
Hanukkah Storytime
11-11:45 am
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli
Celebrate the Jewish festival of lights with stories, songs, and snacks. Read More
Santa's Christmas Trolley
11 am-noon
Strasburg Railroad, 301 Gap Road, Ronks
As Santa’s decorated Christmas Trolley travels down the tracks through Lancaster County farmland, each child (age 11 and under) will have an opportunity to sit with Santa and have their photo taken (and they'll get a keepsake print at the end). Additionally, Santa has a ... Read More
Santa's Christmas Trolley
11 am-noon
Strasburg Railroad, 301 Gap Road, Ronks
As Santa’s decorated Christmas Trolley travels down the tracks through Lancaster County farmland, each child (age 11 and under) will have an opportunity to sit with Santa and have their photo taken (and they'll get a keepsake print at the end). Additionally, Santa has a ... Read More
'Frozen 2' Event at Sweet and Sassy
11:30 am
250 Plaza Drive, Collegeville
Celebrate the next Frozen chapter with a Frozen-themed makeover, dance party, coronation with tiara and wand to take home, and more. Book online. Read More
Hanukkah at Sesame Place
3:45 pm
100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with Sesame Place’s first-ever Menorah Lighting Ceremony. Join a local rabbi, Baby Bear, who celebrates Hanukkah with his family, and more of your Sesame Street friends to light the menorah, sing songs, and celebrate the holiday! “Hanukkah Storytime with The ... Read More
Family Cooking Workshop: Pizza and Calzones
4 pm
Sur la Table, 690 West DeKalb Pike, Suite 2068, King Of Prussia
Bring the family (ages 7 and up) and learn how to mix a foolproof dough to make pizza, calzones, and pizza knots. Book online. Read More
Menorah Lighting and Chocolate Gelt Drop
5 pm
Suburban Square, 602 Coulter Ave., Ardmore
Gather on the Courtyard lawn for a menorah lighting and “gelt drop” where kids can collect chocolate coins as hundreds rain from above! Read More
Chanukah at the Plymouth Meeting Mall
5 pm
500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
Chabad of Lafayette Hill hosts this fun event featuring a giant donut menorah, music, latkes, crafts, and more! Read More
An Evening of Jewish Music with the Kesher Israel Congregation Band
7 pm
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester
Enjoy both traditional Jewish melodies and those from contemporary Jewish composers in addition to seasonal music. Tickets available online. Read More
The Night Before Christmas Train
8 pm
Strasburg Railroad, 301 Gap Road, Ronks
This very unique and special train recreates the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve. A reader dressed in a nightshirt and cap will welcome you aboard your railcar and then read Clement C. Moore’s classic poem, The Night Before Christmas, as the train rolls along. ... Read More

Tuesday

Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'
2 pm
Hedgerow Theatre Company, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Rose Valley
Hedgerow presents its annual performance of this holiday classic. Come 45 minutes early for caroling before the show! Tickets available online. Read More
Santa's 'Twas the Night Celebration
5 pm
100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne
Gather on the Sesame Street Neighborhood with your favorite Sesame Street friends for a special Christmas Eve celebration to wish Santa Claus good luck on the night of his Big Ride with a dazzling, Christmas spirit filled send-off! Come earlier in the day for A ... Read More
Santa Claus is Coming to Gladwyne
5:30-8:30 pm
Gladwyne (see link for exact locations and times)
Santa will make an extra-special stop in Gladwyne on Christmas Eve, with a little help from the Gladwyne Firefighters. See link for exact times and blocks! Read More

Wednesday

Merry Christmas! Here's what's Open in Philly!
Whether you need something to do after the presents are opened, or you don’t celebrate Christmas,there's plenty open and going on in the city on Christmas Day! Here's the roundup from Philly Family. Read More

Thursday

Day-Off Studio at Sweet Mabel Studio
9 am — noon
235 Haverford Ave., Narberth
Let your little artists (ages 8 — 15) explore their creativity with four half-day sessions led by a professional artist. Email sweetmabelstudio@gmail.com for more information or to register. Read More
Day-Off Camp at Kehler’s Gymnastics 
10 am — 3 pm
680 Parkway Dr., Broomall
Kids can swing into the foam pit, climb the rock walls, play in the massive fun zone and much more during a fun New Year’s party-themed break camp at Kehler’s. Read More
Jojo’s Sparkling Holiday at Sweet and Sassy
Noon
250 Plaza Drive, Collegeville
JoJo-themed makeover includes a bow updo, sparkling makeup, and more. Plus, celebrate the season with dancing, singing, and snacks. Book online. Read More
Polar Express Event at Sweet and Sassy
Noon
250 Plaza Drive, Collegeville
Kids can get a holiday makeover, and enjoy singing, dancing, crafts, and more. Book online. Read More
'Abominable' Family Movie Afternoon
2-4 pm
Belmont Hills Library, 120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd
Wear your PJs, bring a pillow and blanket, and hang out at the library watching 'Abominable' while you're warm and toasty inside. Read More
Hanukkah Celebration at Shady Brook Farm
5 pm
931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley
Fun and fellowship followed by the lighting of the giant menorah at 6 pm. Read More
Menorah Lighting at ACME
5 pm
829 Montgomery Ave., Narberth
Chabad of the Main Line hosts a community menorah lighting at Narberth ACME at sundown. Read More
'Into the Woods'
7 pm
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester
This award-winning musical is equally enjoyable for children and adults as it features a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairytales. Recommended for ages 5 and up (Children under 5 not admitted). Tickets available online. Read More

Friday

Day-Off Studio at Sweet Mabel Studio
9 am — noon
235 Haverford Ave., Narberth
Let your little artists (ages 8 — 15) explore their creativity with four half-day sessions led by a professional artist. Email sweetmabelstudio@gmail.com for more information or to register. Read More
Tumbling With JoJo
9 am-3 pm
396 E. Church Road, King of Prussia
Tumbling, strength training, and a huge dose of confidence-building are found in every session and camp run by Coach JoJo! Boys and girls welcome, age 6-14. Book online. Read More
Wayne Art Center Holiday Day Camp
9 am-3:30 pm
413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne
Children in grades K-5 can spend a day of break doing arts and crafts. Register online. Read More
Day-Off Camp at Tyler Arboretum
9 am-3:30 pm
515 Painter Rd., Media
Discovery, games, crafts, hikes, and projects for kids ages 6-9. Kids can let their imagination run wild and build all kinds of creations, including a fort in the woods and a gingerbread house! Pre-register online. Read More
'Mocktail Party' Cooking Camp
10 am-1 pm
Haverford CREC, 9000 Parkview Dr., Haverford
Kitchen Wizards is running a New Year’s Eve themed “Mocktail Party” where kids will toast with Shirley Temples and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres. Ages 8-12. Read More
Day-Off Camp at Kehler’s Gymnastics 
10 am — 3 pm
680 Parkway Dr., Broomall
Kids can swing into the foam pit, climb the rock walls, play in the massive fun zone and much more during a fun New Year’s party-themed break camp at Kehler’s. Read More
Countdown to Noon with Music Play Patrol
11 am-noon
Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media
Celebrate the end of 2019 with an interactive New Year's Parade. Best for ages 2 and up. Pre-register online. Read More
Mochitsuki Festival at Maido
1-3 pm
5 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
Experience traditional Japanese mochi making with a hollowed-out tree trunk and wooden mallet. Participate in the mochi making process, taste mochi samples, and purchase a variety of mochi in the store. Mochi making performances will occur at 1 pm, 1:45 pm, and 2:30 pm on ... Read More
Descendance Magical Holiday at Sweet and Sassy
2 pm
250 Plaza Drive, Collegeville
Kids can get a Descendants holiday up-do with wash out hair color, do a craft, have a dance party, and more. Book online. Read More
Casey Cooks With Kids
4-5 pm
Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr
Kids age 5 and up will make Fruit Kabob Fireworks with Miss Casey. One parent must stay at all times to help out with class. Pre-registration required-- call 610-525-1776 ext 5 Read More
Final Friday Movie: 'Toy Story 4'
7-9 pm
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
Gather at the library for the latest installment in the Toy Story saga. Pre-register online. Read More

Weekend Events

All Weekend

‘Into the Woods’

Through December 29

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester

 

This award-winning musical is equally enjoyable for children and adults as it features a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairytales. Recommended for ages 5 and up (Children under 5 not admitted). Tickets available online.

LEGOLAND Holiday Bricktacular

Weekends in December

Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Enjoy seasonal build activities and holiday activities—meet LEGO Santa, build a LEGO ornament and decorate the holiday tree, see MINILAND Philadelphia as a Winter Wonderland, go on a holiday scavenger hunt, and more! Plus, new for this year, grab your family photo on a LEGO sleigh with LEGO reindeer!

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

November 22—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 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.

Christmas at Colonial Gardens

Weekends through December 29, 5:30—8:30 pm

745 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville

 

Take a stroll through the decorated landscape and enjoy the spectacular lights and displays throughout the grounds. And make sure to catch the light show synchronized to music. Admission includes a free hot chocolate, make your own ornament, meet-and-greet with Santa and a free candy cane.

Little Red Robin Hood: A Musical Panto

November 13—January 5

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 sure to delight all ages through the holidays. Tickets available online.

Elf: The Musical

November 13—January 12

The Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, Media

 

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!

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

Through January 1

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 are also three different holiday stage shows, an illuminated Christmas parade, and more. This year, Rudolph, along with his friends Clarice, Bumble and Sam the Snowman will be available for photos with guests in Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland.

 


 

Saturday

Descendance Magical Holiday at Sweet and Sassy

December 28, 10:30 am

250 Plaza Drive, Collegeville

 

Kids can get a Descendants holiday up-do with wash out hair color, do a craft, have a dance party, and more. Book online.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at BMFI

December 28, 11 am

Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

 

Make the holiday magic last a little longer with a screening of Frank Capra’s holiday essential It’s a Wonderful Life. Tickets available online.

Hanukkah at Elmwood Park Zoo

December 28, noon-2 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

This celebration begins at the “Trail of the Jaguar” exhibit for games and craft, meet an education animal, then finish with a menorah lighting at the Eagles Deck.

‘Frozen 2’ Event at Sweet and Sassy

December 28, 3:15 pm

250 Plaza Drive, Collegeville

 

Celebrate the next Frozen chapter with a Frozen-themed makeover, dance party, coronation with tiara and wand to take home, and more. Book online.

Kids’ Night Out at Young Sports

December 28, 4:45—8 pm

133 Sugartown Rd., Wayne

 

Drop your child (ages 3-10) off for an awesome time with Young Sports while you enjoy an adult night out. Includes gym games, pizza, a movie, and more. Pre-registration is required.

 


Sunday

Winter Wonderland Tea at a Taste of Britain 

December 29 (timed reservations required)

A Taste of Britain, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

 

A Taste of Britain’s festive menu includes holiday-themed treats and a limited edition seasonal scone. Adults get a mimosa alongside their tea, and there is a special kids’ menu in case the adult one isn’t in line with your toddler’s palate. Kids will enjoy the whimsical decor and mismatched place settings, as well as little surprises like Christmas crackers (containing paper crowns, naturally). On your way out, grab some unusual British candy from the shop!

‘Frozen 2’ Events at Sweet and Sassy

December 29, 11:30 am and 3:30 pm

250 Plaza Drive, Collegeville

 

Celebrate the next Frozen chapter with a Frozen-themed makeover, dance party, coronation with tiara and wand to take home, and more. Book online.

Jack Frost Saves Christmas

December 29, noon

The Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, Media

 

This popular one-hour musical for children, now in its fifth year on stage at The Media Theatre, tells the story about a boy who freezes everything he touches, and learning to accept and embrace differences. Tickets available online.

Menorah Lighting at Giant

December 29, 5 pm

Wynnewood Shopping Center, 50 E. Wynnewood Rd., Wynnewood

 

Chabad of the Main Line hosts a community menorah lighting at Giant at sundown.

 

Photograph by Sarah Bond.

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