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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: January 13–19

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Indoor Mini Golf at Linvilla Orchards

January 11–March 29

137 West Knowlton Rd., Media

 

‘Fore! The Planet’ is a highly interactive and playful museum exhibit created by the Academy of Natural Sciences with 18 holes of golf that each explores a different topic of our natural world.

Happy Place

Through February 29

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.

Homeschool Week at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

January 13–17

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

 This week, LEGOLAND offers $10 tickets for home school students and their families, and features LEGO Education workshops during select operational hours. Must provide a valid form of home school documentation or identification to Admissions upon check-in.

Monday

Homeschool Happenings: Art in the Afternoon

January 13, noon—1 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Homeschool kids in grades 2-8 will learn more about famous artists, their methods, and themes of art history; and then create an art project in that style. No registration required.

Beyblades Club at Monkey Fish Toys

January 13, 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!

Tuesday

Tyler Arboretum Storytime: ‘Owl Moon’

January 14, 9:30—10:30 am

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Interactive storytime and activity in for toddlers and their grownups in the cozy and historic barn. Pre-register online.

Storytime and Craft at Linvilla Orchards

January 14, 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.

Rhythm Babies at Wolff’s Apple House

January 14, 10 am

81 S. Pennell Rd., Media

 

Music readiness program with grownup and baby that hones skills such as rhythm, melody, and beat while bonding with your little one.

Homeschool Happenings: Coding

January 14, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Homeschool kids in grades 2-5 will learn the basics of block coding and create animation! Registration is required online to make sure there are enough materials for each participant.

Tuesday Matinee at Ardmore Library: ‘Toy Story 4’

January 4, 1—3 pm

108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Catch the latest installment in the Toy Story series at a free library screening.

Girls Who Code Club

January 14, 3:15—4:30 pm

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne

 

Club girls work in teams to design and build computer science projects. Girls will use a variety of applications and programs. Little to no coding experience necessary as we will work together on projects. For teens only. Pre-registration required.

Learn about Mi Casita

January 14, 5:30—6:30 pm

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Mi Casita, Philadelphia’s first Spanish immersion preschool, is a free information session about their newest location, Mi Casita Main Line, set to open in the Spring 2020 and currently enrolling. Parents can meet founder Melissa Page Peters, director Georgina Hernandez-Norris, and other interested parents while their children play and explore at Lulu’s Casita. Interested families can visit www.micasitapreschool.com to learn more and apply or email ardmore@micasitapreschool.com to RSVP or for more information.

Pajama Storytime

January 14, 7—7:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Get in your PJs, bring a stuffy, and enjoy good night tales with Ms. Danielle before heading to bed.  This program is for children of all ages and their caregivers.

Wednesday

New Mamas Support Group at Radnor Library

January 15, 9:45—11 am

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne

 

Chat over coffee while learning an educational and therapeutic approach to developmental challenges. Come and meet other moms and share your experiences while getting feedback, encouragement, and tools that you can use in everyday life with your baby. The group will meet on Wednesday mornings and is led by Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Behavior Specialist, Karolina Lazarov, MS,MA,LPC,LBS. Toys will be provided for babies to play with while you chat. No registration required.

Tyler Arboretum Little Chefs

January 15, 10—11:30 am

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Start off the New Year by making fluffy, salted soft pretzels from scratch and then baked to golden perfection! While the pretzels are baking, mix up a kale salad with briny feta cheese, rich walnuts, and an orange dressing. For ages 4-6. Pre-register online.

Bilingual Storytime and Music Circle

January 15, 10—10:30 am

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Come for a mini fiesta and bilingual storytime, then stay and play at Lulu’s.

Sign Language Storytime

January 15, 10:30—11 am

Village Play Space, 4 Midland Ave., Berwyn

 

American Sign Language instructor Kelly Hosna leads an ASL storytime. Admission is included in the normal open play rate.

Preschool Explorers: Alphabet Antics

January 15, 1:30—2:15 pm

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

 

Stories and activities geared for ages 3-5. This week: M is for Mitten!

Teen Craft: Dot Painting Totes

January 15, 4:45—5:30 pm

Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli

 

Teens (grades 6-12) will choose a stencil and some paint to create their own tote bag designs. Online pre-registration is required.

Family Literacy Night

January 15, 6—8 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Get ready to sing, play, talk, read, and write with activities throughout the children’s room. Parents will be given tips to help their little ones succeed with learning, and all will have fun. For toddlers through grade 2 with a parent or guardian. No registration required.

New Dads Meet Up

January 15, 6:30—7:30 pm

Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli

 

Discuss the stressors and successes of being a new dad. Facilitated by Licensed Professional Counselor Scott Bragg. Free; pre-register online to reserve your spot.

Thursday

Homeschool Workshop at Elmwood Park Zoo: Remarkable Reptiles (Ages 5-8)

10 am—noon

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Join Elmwood Park Zoo for a program full of STEM-based learning and discovery designed specifically for homeschool students ages 5-8.  Discover what makes reptiles so unique and how they survive in the wild. Pre-registration is required.

Tai Chi Chih for Kids at Wolff’s Apple House

January 16, 10—10:45 am

81 S. Pennell Rd., Media

 

Tai Chi Chih is a series of 19 movements and 1 pose that any age group and ability level can do. So wear comfortable clothing, kick off your shoes, and join this joyous practice.

KinderSTEM

January 16, 1:30—2:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Drop in for playful activities that will introduce science, technology, engineering, and math to your preschooler.

S.M.Art Kids: Art Tech

January 16, 4:30—5:30 pm

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne

 

This session for kids in grades 1-5 will be a unique blend of technology and art-based play, along with inspiration from the styles of master artists. Pre-registration is required.

Ceramic Button Making Workshop

January 16, 6:30—8 pm

Christine Shirley, 104 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

 

Students will use soft clay, apply texture with stamps, and brush colored glazes onto each button. Plus, if they’re unfamiliar with how to sew on a button, they can learn that too! For ages 9 and up.

Friday

Little Dragons Playgroup

January 17, 10—11 am

Holy Child Academy, 475 Shadeland Ave., Drexel Hill

 

Honor the contributions of jazz legend Charlie Parker by reading Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka. Then, children will have the chance to listen to some be bop and make their own instruments to play along. For ages 18 months-4 years. Free; online registration required.

Homeschool Workshop at Elmwood Park Zoo: Zoo Engineering (Ages 9-12)

10 am—noon

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Join Elmwood Park Zoo for a program full of STEM-based learning and discovery designed specifically for homeschool students ages 9-12.  In this hands-on workshop, students will learn, plan, and create a mini model of a zoo animal exhibit. Pre-registration is required.

Roots with Ruark at Lulu’s Casita

January 17, 10—10:30 am

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Come for a weekly music circle for little ones, then stay and play!

Morning Melodies Music Class with Miss Brie

January 17, 10—11 am

Common Space, 25 Rittenhouse Pl., Ardmore

 

Join for a fun and spirited music class focused on creativity, music patterns, and self-regulation. Open to all ages and abilities.

Merge Dance at Gladwyne Library

January 17, 10:30 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.

Music with Miss Lynne

January 17, 10:30 am

Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli

 

Join Miss Lynne from Center on Central for 30 minutes of music time followed by free play. For kids age 5 and under. Online registration required.

‘Witch’s Winter Kitchen’

January 17, 11—11:45 am

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

 

Drop in for stories and a fun puppet show! Best for ages 3-5.

K-2 Book Club: Elephant and Piggie Party

January 17, 2—3 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy, Wynnewood

 

Kids looking for something fun to do on that half-day of school? Join Ms. Lindsay for a Mo Willems-Palooza! Read Elephant and Piggie books, then do fun crafts including puppets for both characters, a nest (for Pigeon!), and a gift for a friend.

Teen Gaming Club

January 17, 2:30—4:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Relax and play a game! A PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and various consoles are available for use. Feel free to bring your own portable device or game too. For Grades 6-12.

Teen Environmental Roundtable

January 17, 6—7:30 pm

Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford

 

Each student will have 5 minutes of uninterrupted time to discuss their take on the topic. Then, other students may react to the comments that have been expressed. Pizza dinner included. RSVP online to prepare 5 minutes on a topic, or to attend only for discussion.

Craft For Australia

January 17, 6:30—8:30 pm

The Handwork Studio, 35 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth

 

To help the animals affected by the wildfires in Australia, bring your family to make hand-sewn and knit pouches for the marsupial animals such as possums, koalas, and wombats that have been separated from their mothers. Register online.

Cupcake Decorating

January 17, 6:30—8 pm

Pallets & Paints, 3938 Ridge Pike, Collegeville

 

Adults and children 12 and up are welcome to learn cupcake decorating with a winter theme. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and include instruction, supplies, and six cupcakes with package to take home.

Weekend Events

Get the rundown in our High Five weekend event planner!

 

Photograph by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia.

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