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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: December 30–January 5

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See this: Philly Winter Break Survival Guide

Winter Break Camps

If the kids have off and you don’t, or you just need to send them somewhere enriching for the day, check out these great camps around town!

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

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.

Young Sports Day-Off Camp

December 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.


Day-Off Camp at Riverbend
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. 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 will go on scavenger hunts throughout the day! Pre-register online. Read More
School’s Out Day Camp at Elmwood Park Zoo
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. Each day campers will experience educational workshops, animal observations, animal meet and greets, crafts, animal trainings and more. Pre-registration required. Read More
Drop-in Build-it Workshop
10 am-noon
Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media
Create with LEGO, wooden blocks, cardboard, and more! Upstairs. All ages. Just drop in! 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
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at Haverford Township Free Library
11 am-12:30 pm
1601 Darby Rd., Havertown
Stop by for a special year-end storytime, create noise makers, and go on a parade around the Children’s Room! Read More
Doll Party
11:30 am-12:15 pm
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
Kids ages 4-6 (with a caregiver) can bring a special doll for a party at the library. Read a story and make friendship bracelets! Pre-registration is required, online. Read More
Stuffed Animal Workshop
11:30 am-12:30 pm
Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy, Wynnewood
At this workshop, kids bring their beary own stuffed animal to life! There will be three animals to choose from - choice of polar bear, penguin, or snowy owl will be first come first serve that day. Registration to participate is required; call (610-642-7844) or ... Read More
Movie Afternoon for Kids: 'Home Alone'
1-3 pm
Marple Public Library, 2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall
Meet in the auditorium for a screening of 'Home Alone' and some free popcorn too!  For ages 5 and up. No registration required. Read More
Beyblades Club at Monkey Fish Toys
6-7 pm
662 Downingtown Pike, West Chester
Come in to learn, play, and battle - just have fun! Plus all Beyblade will be 10% off during the Club time! Read More


New Year’s Eve Parties for Families Around the Main Line
Even if your kids are too little to stay up til midnight, there are lots of ways to celebrate early in the day. Here are our picks for the suburbs. Read More
Noon Year’s Eve at Charming Star Playroom
9 am—3 pm
4627 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square
A ball drop celebration at noon with music, bubbles, favors, and fun for all the kiddos that won't make it until midnight! Read More
Lulu’s Casita White Fiesta
10 am — 12:30 pm
6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Wear something white and celebrate with Lulu’s! Plus face painting, photobooth, and fun! There will also be pizza and refreshments for the kids (plus mimosas for the parents). Email info@luluscasita.com to register. Read More
New Year’s Eve (Day) Family Jam
10 am — 1 pm
Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
Spend your morning rocking out at Ardmore Music Hall with Alex and The Kaleidoscope as they ring in the New Year with their unique and positive sound. There will be a bar for the grownups, face painting, balloon art, crafts, a photobooth, and more. And of course, at noon, ... Read More
Preschool Music Program at Bala Cynwyd Library
10:30 am-11 am
131 Old Lancaster Rd., Bala Cynwyd
Music Play Patrol will perform toe tapping music for the preschool crowd. No registration required. Read More
Countdown to Noon at Belmont Hills Library
11 am
120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd
Make silly New Year’s hats, eat fun treats, and then watch the ball drop and make some noise! Read More
Countdown to Noon at Ludington Library
11 am-noon
Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr
In the Children's Room, there will be crafts, music, and dancing for all ages. Then, countdown at noon! Read More
Penn Wynne New Year's at Noon
11 am-12:30 pm
130 Overbrook Pkwy, Wynnewood
The Penn Wynne Civic Association, PW Overbrook Hills Fire Co., and the library will be hosting their annual ball drop at noon. Festivities begin at 11 am with children's coloring and puzzles at the library. Feel free to arrive any time from then until the ... Read More
Marple Sports Arena Countdown to Noon
11 am-1 pm
611 Park Way, Broomall
Kids will enjoy a DJ dance party, inflatables, face painting, and a climb up Marple Mountain. And when it’s noon, there’s a massive balloon drop to welcome 2020. Read More
Noon Year's Eve at Sweet and Sassy
11 am-1 pm
250 Plaza Drive, Providence Town Center, Collegeville
Kids can rock out to all the 2019 hits while getting their hair, makeup, and nails done! Plus, treats and a huge balloon drop! Read More
Family-Friendly Workshop at AR Workshop Malvern
11 am—2 pm
233 E. King St., Malvern
Make a special wood and canvas project and ring in the New Year with family friendly fun! Book online. Read More
Kid’s New Year’s Eve at Arnold’s Family Fun Center
Noon– 5 pm
100 Station Ave., Phoenixville
Celebrate the New Year with the live close-up magic of Sam Sandler and a balloon drop at 4 pm. The party also includes a pizza buffet, goodie bag, moonbounces, 1000 play points for the arcade, rides, and more. Read More
Bouncin’ New Year’s at Bounce U
1–3 pm
130 W. Main St., Collegeville
Bounce U’s countdown to noon (and later party timeslot) includes bouncing, noon balloon drop, a special New Year’s party favor, and a sweet treat. Pre-register online. Read More


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Pajama Brunch at White Dog Café
9 am-3 pm
200 West Lancaster Ave, Wayne; and 379 Lancaster Ave, Haverford
Have a lazy New Year’s Day with this fun tradition! Read More


Penguin Story and Craft
10:30-11 am
Learning Express Toys, 160 Market St., Collegeville
Come for a fun penguin story and craft. This is a free event for ages 1.5 and up; online registration is required. Read More
Cake Decorating Night Out: Snowman (Ages 12 and up)
6:30-8 pm
Pallets & Paints, 3938 Ridge Pike, Collegeville
Learn techniques to design a fun, snowman cake. You will be provided with all supplies including a 6-inch, 2-layer cake in a box to take home, tools to ice your cake, buttercream filled piping bags to design decor, and use of aprons. This is appropriate ... Read More


Kindermusik presented by Musik FUNdamentals
9:30 am and 10:30 am
Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne
Bond with your child as you play, sing, dance, and giggle together in this musical storytime presented by Musik FUNdamentals. For ages 2-4. Sign up in person, over the phone, or online for your preferred session time. Read More
Family Fun Friday: Loose Parts Play
11-11:45 am
Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media
Planned for ages 3-5, loose parts play invites creativity and exploration in a fun environment. Read More
PJs and Pancakes
11:30 am-12:15 pm
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli
Snuggle up in your pajamas at the library for a special and delicious storytime with Miss Stephanie. For ages birth to 5 years. Registration required online. Read More
First Notes Toddler Music
noon-12:30 pm
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
Jurassic Quest
3-8 pm
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks
America’s largest and most realistic Dinosaur event comes to town. Guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and experience for themselves what it was like to be among dinosaurs of all kinds. In addition to the life-like Dinosaur ... Read More
Sensory-Friendly Train Evening
4:30-7 pm
Brandywine River Museum, 1 Hoffman's Mill Road, Chadds Ford
Individuals on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorder and their families are invited for after-hours access to the Museum’s Brandywine Railroad, a holiday favorite featuring O-gauge model trains running on nearly 2,000 feet of track. In addition to reduced crowds, there will be ... Read More

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