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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: December 24–30

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See this: Holiday Lights on the Main Line and Beyond

 

Heading into the city? Here’s all the special programming they’ve got going on in our Philly Winter Break Survival Guide!

 

Winter Break Camps

If your kids have off but you don’t, there are some great day-off camps that will keep them occupied and learning during Winter Break! Here’s our rundown!

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

December 23–31 (closed on Christmas)

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 sing and dance along to festive soundtrack. There are also three different holiday stage shows, an illuminated Christmas parade, and more.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

Through December 31, 6—9 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 visit Bubby’s Dessert Party and enjoy seasonal treats with Bubby the Bison. Tickets are available online.

‘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.

A Longwood Christmas

November 22—January 6

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 carolers, sing-a-longs, and more.

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

Christmas Train Trips at New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

11 am-5 pm

32 West Bridge Street, New Hope

Reserve your seats for a magical Christmas Eve (Day) train trip through picturesque countryside. Book on even hours (noon, 2 pm and 4 pm) for Santa's Steam Spectacular, and you'll join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a ride upon their magical Steam Train adventure through ... Read More

Christmas Eve Musicians at Longwood

5-8 pm

Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

Rob Dickenson and the Brandywine Christmas Minstrels will be at the Terrace Café to entertain on Christmas Eve. Included in price of admission. Read More

Tuesday

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

Kaiserman JCC Family Day

9 am-2 pm

45 Haverford Road, Wynnewood

The JCC welcomes the community for open gym, group fitness, and making fun crafts that will go to senior citizens. Read More

A Longwood Christmas

9 am-9 pm

Longwood Gardens,
1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

Celebrate Christmas among a winter wonderland of a half million lights, and see Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden illuminated for the season. Plus, festive organ sing-alongs throughout the day! Tickets required. Read More

Wednesday

Anna and Elsa at Sweet and Sassy

11:30 am-1:15 pm

250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville

It's "Frozen Girls' Day Out" with Anna and Elsa! Guests will meet the characters, sing and dance with them, and enjoy spa services and snacks. Pre-register online. Read More

Family Pajama Movie Day

noon-6 pm

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

Come to the library in your PJs or other comfortable clothing for a family-friendly movie marathon with snacks! Read More

Shaun the Sheep: Animated Shorts and Crafts

3:30-4:30 pm

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

Watch episodes of hilarious British stop-motion animation “Shaun the Sheep” television show and make sheep crafts. All ages. Read More

Pajama Story Time: Celebrate Kwanzaa

7-7:30 pm

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

Get your PJs on, brush your teeth, grab your lovey, and head on over to Belmont Hills Library for a special Kwanzaa storytime. Read More

Thursday

Slime Factory

1:30 for Grades 1-3; 3:15 for Grades 4-6

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

Learn about slime’s role in nature, explore some different formulations, and make a batch to take home. Registration required. Read More

'Drive-In Movie' Day at Middletown Free Library

10 am

21 N. Pennell Rd., Media

Bring your own cardboard box and make a "car," then watch The Incredibles 2 at 10:30 am with snacks! Pre-registration required. Read More

Storytime at Wolff’s Apple House

10-10:45 am

81 S. Pennell Rd., Media

Kids will enjoy storytime, and afterwards will get to make and eat a healthy snack. Children are welcome to stay to play in the play area after. Read More

Morris Arboretum Tiny Trackers

1-2:30 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

Kids ages 4-6 will investigate which birds stick around in the winter, then search for them on a winter scavenger hunt. Pre-registration required. Read More

Curious George at Sesame Place

1-6:30 pm

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne

Enjoy photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite monkey, Curious George, in Photos with Elmo & Friends! Read More

Family Lego Night

6-8 pm

Ludington Library
5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

All are welcome in the upstairs room for all-ages LEGO. Read More

Friday

Robotics Workshop (Ages 9-13)

10 am-4:30 pm

American Helicopter Museum
1220 American Boulevard, West Chester

The all-day Robotics workshop includes a robot kit that the participants will build, program and take home. Pre-registration is required. For ages 9-13. Read More

Learn, Listen, Play

10:30 am

Bala Cynwyd Library
131 Old Lancaster Rd., Bala Cynwyd

Learn, Listen, Play will perform their high-energy, toe-tapping music program for our preschool patrons.  All ages welcome, no registration required. 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

Noon Year’s Eve Party

11 am-noon

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

Celebrate the New Year with activities, balloons, a countdown to noon, and a special visit from inflatable T-Rex! Best for ages 2 and up. Read More

Matinee Movie Marathon

12:30-4:45 pm

Middletown Free Library, 21 N. Pennell Rd., Media

Kids can spend their day off enjoying back-to-back movies in the afternoon! First, it's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," followed by "Teen Titans GO! to the Movies" Registration is not required. The library will provide water & fresh popcorn. Read More

Curious George at Sesame Place

1-6:30 pm

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne

Enjoy photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite monkey, Curious George, in Photos with Elmo & Friends! Read More

Kids' Cooking at Ludington Library

4-5 pm

5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

Casey will lead the kids (and their caregivers) in how to make apple donuts. Registration is required. Ages 5 and up. Read More

Weekend Events

All Weekend

Christmas at The Grange

December 29—30, 1—4 pm

143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown

 

 

The historic Grange Mansion is decorated throughout with a themed tree in every room. Take a tour, and be sure to check out their fabulous train display.

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

December 23–31 (closed on Christmas)

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 sing and dance along to festive soundtrack. There are also three different holiday stage shows, an illuminated Christmas parade, and more.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

Through December 31, 6—9 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 visit Bubby’s Dessert Party and enjoy seasonal treats with Bubby the Bison. Tickets are available online.

‘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.

LEGOLAND Holiday Bricktacular

December 29 and 30

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!

Saturday

Princess Jasmine Party at Sweet and Sassy

December 29, 10:30 am

250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville

  

Guests will sing and dance along with Princess Jasmine, plus enjoy snacks, spa treatments, and more. Pre-register online.

‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’

December 29, 11 am

Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave.

 

Catch this holiday classic told by the Muppets on the big screen! After the screening, head down the block to Ludington Library for games and holiday-themed activity sheets! Tickets available online.

Kids New Year’s Eve Party Poppers

December 29, noon—1 pm

Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

 

 

Bring along the little ones to craft their own New Year’s Eve party poppers to ring in the new year. Reservations are required. $10 per child; no cost for accompanying adult. Cost includes instruction and supplies to make one New Year’s Eve party popper.

Sunday

Blessing Bag Packing Party with Project Still Human

December 30, 9 am–noon

Kaiserman JCC, 45 Haverford Road, Wynnewood

 

Assemble blessing bags filled with toiletries, food, water, and winter items to be distributed to the homeless community. Kids are welcome to come help and pack with their parents. Last minute, walk in donations will be accepted.

‘Jack Frost Saves Christmas’

December 30, noon        

Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, Media

 

 

 

At just one hour in length, this annual show is perfect for ages 4 and up, and a hilarious heartwarming adventure for the holidays. Tickets available online.

Plan ahead: See Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Parties on the Main Line!

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia Assistant Editor | Email tips to laura@familyfocus.org

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