30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: December 30–January 5
Need plans? We've got something great, every day.
Need plans? We’ve got something great, every day.
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See this: Philly Winter Break Survival Guide
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 RiverbendAt 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 ArboretumDiscovery, 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 ZooSchool’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 WorkshopCreate with LEGO, wooden blocks, cardboard, and more! Upstairs. All ages. Just drop in! Read More
All-Day Open Play at Belmont Hills LibrarySpend 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 LibraryStop by for a special year-end storytime, create noise makers, and go on a parade around the Children’s Room! Read More
Doll PartyKids 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 WorkshopAt 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'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 ToysCome 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 LineEven 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 PlayroomA 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 FiestaWear 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 email@example.com to register. Read More
New Year’s Eve (Day) Family JamSpend 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 LibraryMusic Play Patrol will perform toe tapping music for the preschool crowd. No registration required. Read More
Countdown to Noon at Belmont Hills LibraryMake 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 LibraryIn 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 NoonThe 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 NoonKids 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 SassyKids 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 MalvernMake 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 CenterCelebrate 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 UBounce 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
Where to Celebrate New Year’s Day in PhillyFrom Mummers to free concerts, here's where to start your 2020 off right in the city! Read More
Pajama Brunch at White Dog CaféHave a lazy New Year’s Day with this fun tradition! Read More
Penguin Story and CraftCome 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)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 FUNdamentalsBond 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 PlayPlanned for ages 3-5, loose parts play invites creativity and exploration in a fun environment. Read More
PJs and PancakesSnuggle 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 MusicIn this free class, First Notes of Ardmore will lead little ones in singing, rhythm, movement, and small instruments. Read More
Jurassic QuestAmerica’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 EveningIndividuals 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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Photograph by Sarah Bond.