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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: December 31–January 6

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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!

‘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.

‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Media Theatre

Through January 13

104 E. State Street, Media



This beloved tale is presented as a two-act Broadway musical with a live orchestra. Enjoy all your favorite songs and share them with the whole family!

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.

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).



Happy New Year's (Eve)! Get the rundown!

We’ve rounded up our top picks for New Year’s fun around town, so no matter how young your kids are, there’s something festive to do as a family. Happy New Year! Read More

Lulu’s Casita White Fiesta

10 am — 12:30 pm

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore (also at their West Chester location: 109 N. High Street, West Chester)

Wear something white and celebrate with Mad Beatz Drumline! 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 ... Read More

New Year’s Eve Countdown to Noon at Belmont Hills Library

11 am-noon

120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd

Usher in the New Year with a special storytime. Make party hats, have a snack, and do the countdown! Read More

Countdown to Noon at Lansdowne Public Library

11 am-12:30 pm

55 S. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne

Celebrate with New Year's Eve themed invitations to play, noise makers, an apple juice toast, and of course a countdown to noon. 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 2019. Read More

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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

The library is throwing a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration complete with noise makers and party hats. Read More

Noon Years Eve Ball Drop at Penn Wynne Library

noon-12:30 pm

130 Overbrook Pkwy., Wynnewood

Come see the annual ball drop in front of the library, plus coloring for kids. Read More

New Year's Eve at Sesame Place

Noon — 7 pm

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

Have a celebratory meal and take character photos at The Count’s Countdown to New Year Celebration. Then, after a day of playing at the park and the 6 pm Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade, watch as the sky lights up with fireworks. Read More

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

6—10 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 ... Read More


Celebrate New Year’s Day in Philly

Heading into the city to watch the Mummers or celebrate some other way? We have the rundown of what's open and happening! Read More

Nature Inspired Crafts

1-2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum,
515 Painter Rd., Media

Kids ages 4-6 will celebrate the first day of 2019 with a hike! Decorate a special ‘journey stick,’ engage your senses outdoors, and create a noise maker using natural materials. Pre-registration required. Read More


Little Chefs: International Foods

10—11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media

Travel the world with our international cooking series as we prepare cuisine from different countries! Get your passport stamped at each class as we make and taste foreign fare. Thematic content and cooking tasks will be best suited to kids ages 3-6, but all ages ... Read More

January Kid Crew with Classroom Adventure Story

11 am-noon

Plymouth Meeting Mall
500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

Kick off the New Year with Don Dougherty of Classroom Adventure Stories, who will be performing his Winter Fest Story! Dress warm -- because it just might SNOW inside the mall! Read More

Preschool Explorers at Media-Upper Providence Free Library

1:30-2:15 pm

1 E. Front St., Media

This week's theme is coding! Best for kids ages 3-5. No registration necessary. Read More

PAWS for Reading

4-5 pm

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

Kids build confidence by sharing a story with a specially-trained therapy dog! Call 610-566-1918 to reserve a 10-minute slot. Read More


Music Monkey Jungle at cBOP

10:30am-11 am

cBOP, 393 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford

The Music Monkey Jungle sing along is best suited for ages baby- 4 years. $12 at the door. Babies under 6 months free. Read More

Children’s Nature Series: Owls

1 pm

Norristown Farm Park
2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown

Kids ages 3 and up can touch an owl feather, examine an owl skull, and look at a pellet. Learn about these mysterious birds, how they hear, see, call, and hunt. Listen to a story and make an owl craft. Meet one of Elmwood Park ... Read More


Kindermusik presented by Musik FUNdamentals

9:30 am and 10:30 am

Radnor Memorial Library
114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne

Bond with your child as you play, sing, dance, and giggle together in this musical storytime led by Kindermusik instructor Becky Douglas. Please sign up in person, over the phone, or online for your preferred session time. Read More

Bilingual Spanish and English Storytime

10:30-11 am

Tredyffrin Public Library
582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford

Children 5 and under with a caregiver can join  a fun bilingual storytime. No registration required; library will hand out free tickets starting 30 minutes before the program begins. 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

Kids' Cooking Class: Dirt Pudding

4-5 pm

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

Miss Casey will be making Dirt/Sand Pudding. All recipes are non-bake and have very few ingredients. Ages 5 and up only. Parents/Guardians must stay to assist their children. All ingredients and equipment will be provided. 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

Weekend Events

See our High Five weekend event planner!

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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



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