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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: December 9–15

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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


Call us cotton-headed ninny muggins, but it’s never too early to get into the spirit with this 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.


Caregiver and Me Spanish
9:50 am
Spanish Exploradores, 2200 Grasslyn Ave., Havertown
Learn Spanish with your little one (9 months - 6 years) with music, games, crafts, stories, and more. Read More
Sports Storytime
10 am
Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne
Wear your favorite sports team gear and get ready for a fun storytime filled with sports songs and sports stories. After storytime, take a storytime team photo! Read More
Family Pet Photos with Santa
10 am-8 pm
Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
Bring the entire family to visit Santa for the perfect holiday photo. Book your timeslot online. Read More
Sounds of the Season with Surrey
1-3 pm
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
The Surrey Singers, Chime Choir, and Instrumentals Ensembles will delight with holiday favorites, a sing-along, and complimentary refreshments. Read More
Read to Skittles the Dog
4:30-5:30 pm
Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore
Kids can come practice their reading skills with Skittles the therapy dog. Read More


Tyler Arboretum Storytime: The Twelve Days of Christmas
9:30-10:30 am
515 Painter Road, Media
Tyler hosts an interactive storytime for toddlers (age 18 months- 3 years) and their favorite adult in the cozy barn. Programs include storytime and an activity. Pre-register online. Read More
Storytime and Craft at Linvilla Orchards
10 am
137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media
Every Tuesday, Miss Marcia reads an entertaining story featuring gardens, farming, animals, and nature; and children can also create a special craft each week. Free, no registration required. And while you're there you can take a hayride and cut your own Christmas tree! Read More
Museum Stroller Tour: A Brandywine Christmas
10:30 am
Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman's Mill Rd., Chadds Ford
Enjoy a relaxed morning out with your little one while engaging with art in the galleries. This guided tour is designed especially for adults accompanied by babies. Stroller Tours are offered once a month, each with a different theme. Free with museum admission Read More
First Notes Toddler Music
10:30-11:15 am
Belmont Hills Library, 120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd
In this free class, First Notes of Ardmore will lead little ones in singing, rhythm, movement, and small instruments. Read More
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Tasting
3:30-4:30 pm
Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne
Teens in grades 6-12 can test their tasting ability by trying several different sweet and savory varieties of Goldfish crackers. No registration required. Read More
Tween Art: Anime Faces
5:15-6:30 pm
Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne
Tweens (ages 9-15) will learn how to draw anime faces step-by-step. Pre-registration is required online. Read More
Mini Paper House Luminary Workshop
6-8 pm
Christine Shirley Sewing and Design Studio, 104 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne
Craft a cozy neighborhood of tiny paper homes using a stitch-n-fold technique including cutting, sewing, folding, and gluing. These adorable glowing houses can be displayed on a shelf or even hung by clips as ornaments. Open to ages 10 and up. Sewing experience is suggested ... Read More


Photos with Santa at Experience Chiropractic
10:30-11:30 am and 4:30-5:30 pm
922 Old Eagle School Rd., Suite 902, Wayne
$5 per family includes a photo with Santa, and holiday treats. Please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food pantry. Read More
Cardboard Sculptures
1-2 pm
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli
Release the creativity of your small one! Join Miss Stephanie to build and paint your own sculpture to take home. For ages 2 to 5. Registration required. Read More
Preschool Explorers: J is for Jingle Bells
1:30-2:15 pm
Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media
Winter stories and activities for little ones! Best for kids ages 3-5. No registration necessary. Read More
Annual Christmas Party at the Brandywine Museum
6-8 pm
Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman's Mill Rd., Chadds Ford
A Brandywine River Museum of Art tradition for more than four decades, the Children’s Christmas Party is one of the season’s highlights. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy holiday entertainment, costumed characters, face painting, model trains, trees adorned with hundreds of “critter” ornaments ... Read More


Winter Crafts
4-6 pm
Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy, Wynnewood
Join Ms. Lindsay for some fun crafts: a mitten project, snowmen, and penguins. Designed for toddler through kindergarten ages, but open to all. No registration is required. Read More
Pajama Holiday Party at Lulu's Casita
4:30-6:30 pm
6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Holiday Pajama Party and music circle with Roots with Ruark: come in your favorite PJs and sing along to your favorite holiday tunes. Read More
Meet and Greet with Anna and Elsa from Frozen
6-8 pm
Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
Meet Anna and Elsa and get a photo! You can also meet with Santa at this time. Picture packages available. Children can also decorate a snowflake ornament. Read More
The Night Before Christmas Train
6:30 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
Ceramic Holiday Ornament Workshop
6:30-8:30 pm
Christine Shirley Sewing and Design Studio, 104 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne
Make one-of-a-kind flat, textured, holiday ornaments out of clay. Vibrant colors will be applied with ceramic glazes, to accentuate the designs you have applied, and then this clay will then be processed in a kiln and the ornaments will be available for pickup at Christine ... Read More


Playdate with Santa
9:30-11:30 am
Lulu's Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
A very special playdate with Santa, plus a light breakfast for the kids. $20 per child. Bring your own camera and letters. RSVP to info@luluscasita.com to join the fun! Read More
Brandywine Ballet's 'The Nutcracker'
10 am
Emilie K. Asplundh Hall, West Chester University, University Avenue and High Street, West Chester
This eight-performance production, featuring original choreography from David Kloss and Donna L. Muzio, promises “a tour de force of beauty and elegance.” Tickets are online, and range from $25 to $45. Read More
Morning Melodies Music Class with Miss Brie
10-11 am
Common Space, 25 Rittenhouse Pl., Ardmore
Join for a fun and spirited music class with Miss Brie! Brie will focus on creativity, music patterns, and self-regulation. Open to all ages and abilities. Read More
Merge Dance at Gladwyne Library
10:30-11 am
362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne
Kids age 4 and under will learn to move and dance through the simple joy of play with Merge Dance Studio. Pre-register online. Read More
Free First Notes Music Class
10:30-11:15 am
Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown
Come sing and dance with Virginia and Anthony from Music Training Center! Read More
Family Fun Friday at Media-Upper Providence Free Library
11—11:45 am
1 E. Front St., Media
Winter stories and craft: Cotton Ball Snowman. Best for ages 2-5. Read More
Santa's Christmas Trolley
11 am-4 pm
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
Stuffed Gingerbread Men Craft
2-3 pm
Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr
Stuff Gingerbread Men from Build A Bear! Space is limited; sign up is necessary. For ages 5 and up. One parent must stay at all times. Read More
Afternoon Movie Matinee: 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'
3:30 pm
Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown
It's Friday the 13th, so kids and teens are invited to celebrate with a spooky-themed holiday movie: 'The Nightmare Before Christmas.' Snacks will be served! Children 11 and under must be accompanied by a responsible individual aged 13 and above. 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
Gingerbread Construction
4:45-5:45 pm
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli
Kids ages 9 to 14 will use graham crackers and frosting to build their own little houses. Pre-registration required. Read More
Christmas Party at Charming Star Playroom
5:30-7:30 pm
Charming Star Playroom, 4627 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square
Fun surprises, open play, cookies and milk, and a visit with Santa for pictures. Must purchase tickets in advance. Read More
Christmas at Colonial Gardens
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 ... Read More
Holiday Hoopla
6:30-8 pm
Phoenixville YMCA, 400 E. Pothouse Rd., Phoenixville
The Phoenixville YMCA hosts a fun evening with cookie decorating, arts and crafts, music, pictures with Santa, and more. Read More
Kids Friday Night Out Series at GPCC
6:30-9 pm
Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting
Drop off kids (ages 6-11) for a night of crafts and snacks while you enjoy an adult night out! Read More
Charlotte's Web
7 pm
Wolf Performing Arts Center, 1240 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr
Watch E.B. White's beautiful story unfold on stage for one weekend only. Tickets available online. Read More
Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'
7 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
'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
'Matilda' at SALT
7 pm
1645 Art School Rd., Chester Springs
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's 'Matilda The Musical' is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams ... Read More
The Night Before Christmas Train
7:30 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

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