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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: July 8–14

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Need plans? We’ve got something great, every day.

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Malvern Fire Company Carnival

July 9–13

550 Monument Ave, Malvern

 

Enjoy rides, games, food, a strolling string band, face painter, fireworks on Friday, and fire truck rides!

Kids Can Cook: 5-Day Series

July 8–12, noon

Sur la Table, 690 West DeKalb Pike, Suite 2068, King Of Prussia

 

Each day, kids (ages 8-12) will put on an apron and get cooking, making foods they love and learning kitchen skills. Register online. For teens, look into the five-day series Cooking With Confidence, also happening this week at 3 pm every day.

Trails on Tap: Valley Forge National Historical Park

July 10–14

Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia

 

The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area is partnering with FCM Hospitality, the creators of Philadelphia’s successful Parks on Tap series, and Mainstay Independent Brewing Company, to bring a mobile beer garden to riverside locations this summer. This week, it’s Valley Forge, and definitely plan to come on the 4th, because there will be lots of celebration in the morning, too (see below).

Delaware County Summer Festival at Rose Tree Park

July 10–14, 7:30 pm

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Free concerts everyday. See their schedule for the whole lineup!

Monday

Books and Beasts at Elmwood Park Zoo
10:30 am
1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
Come join EPZ's Books and Beasts program every second and fourth Monday of the month. Enjoy storytime with zoo education staff, featuring stories about different animals. Guests will also get the chance to meet an education animal! Books are chosen for ages 6 years and ... Read More
STEAM Class at Lulu's Casita West Chester
10:30-11:45am
Lulu’s Casita West Chester, 109 N. High Street, West Chester
Lulu's introduces a weekly themed science and art six-week class session with sensory exploration and stations All classes include daily admission and snack. Drop in for one, or sign up for the whole session. Read More
Wallaby Tales
11 am-noon
Marple Library, 2599 Sproul Rd, Broomall
A fun-filled morning with Wallaby Tales traveling zoo program. Meet some stupendous wildlife educators and an assortment of live animals. All ages; no registration required. Read More
Up and Away
2-3 pm
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli
This program will feature a reading of 'Up and Away' by Jason Henry, followed by a discussion of what materials work--and don't work--for making hot air balloons. Participants can use craft materials to design their own two-dimensional balloon, and if the weather allows, try to ... Read More
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament
3:30-5 pm
Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne
Teens are invited to battle it out amongst the characters of the Nintendo universe with a Super Smash Bros Ultimate tournament, snacks, and lots of fun gameplay! Read More

Tuesday

Music with Miss Joy
10-10:45 am
Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne
A lively musical storytime for the preschool crowd. Sing and bop along with Miss Joy, her guitar, and some fun stories. Read More
Kids Craft Morning with Cats
10-11 am
Treetops Kitty Cafe, 305 West State Street, Kennett Square
Kids will do a special cat-themed craft and spend some time playing with the cats. Recommended for ages 5 to 8 with an adult. Note: children are not permitted to pick up any cats, but they can pet and play with them. Tickets available online. Read More
Ran’D Shine at Colonial Theatre
10:30 am
227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville
Ran’D Shine’s engaging illusions and sleight of hand has amazed audiences in over 20 countries and hundreds of American cities! Recommended for ages 4 and up. Tickets available online. Read More
Stroller Tour
10:30 am
Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman's Mill Road, Chadds Ford
Enjoy a relaxed morning out with your little one while engaging with art in the galleries at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. This guided tour is designed especially for adults accompanied by babies. Read More
Afternoon Adventure: Recycled Boat Regatta
1-3 pm
Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd., Glen Mills
Kids ages 4-12 will use recycled materials like cardboard, plastic bottles, and paper towel rolls to construct and decorate their own boats. When construction is complete, they will get a chance to sail their boats in the creek! Read More
'E.T.' at Ardmore Library
1-3 pm
108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore
Beat the heat with a free screening of 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' at the library! Read More
Swedes in Space
6-7 pm
Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy, Wynnewood
During this program with the American Swedish Historical Museum, families will explore the life of astronauts and their intensive training to prepare for space. Experience astronaut training and make your own space shuttles to take home. Registration is required online. Read More
Become Your Dreams: A History of Hip Hop Dance
6:30-7:15 pm
Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne
Come dance with the stars! Illstyle and Peace Productions present amazing, high-energy dance moves, getting the audience moving too. All ages. No registration required. Read More
ScienceTellers
7 pm
Marple Library, 2599 Sproul Rd, Broomall
This interactive science and storytelling program visits the library. Best for ages 6 and up. Read More
Pajama Storytime
7-7:30 pm
Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown
Dress in your favorite PJs and enjoy good night tales with Ms. Danielle before heading to bed. Read More
Summer Art School, Jr.
7-8 pm
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
A different, self-contained art project every week for kids ages 6-8. Read More
Free Concert Tuesday at Eagleview Town Center
7-9 pm
565 Wellington Square, Exton
Come for kids' music with Jump, Jive, and Jam at 7 pm. Then, more adult music with Marcella & Her Lovers. While no admission is charged to attend Eagleview Town Center events, they ask guests to bring a non-perishable donation for the Chester County Food Bank. Read More

Wednesday

'The LEGO Movie 2' at Leeland Park
Dusk
North Ln. and Jones St., Conshohocken
Bring chairs or blankets and grab a seat on the lawn! Refreshments and select food items will be available for purchase. Movie will begin after dusk, as soon as it is dark enough to screen. Read More
Tyler Arboretum Little Chefs
10 – 11:30 am
515 Painter Road, Media
Make a sweet corn relish and quick cucumber pickles to put on juicy, seared turkey burgers. Thematic content and cooking tasks will be best suited to kids ages 3-6, but all ages are welcome. Pre-register online. Read More
Disney's High School Musical, Jr.
10:30 am
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 North Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill
Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High are "All in This Together" in this exciting, dance-filled musical running July 10-12. Read More
Makin' Music with Mr. Mike
10:30-11:15 am
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
Shake your sillies out at a fun morning of songs with Mr. Mike for children ages 5 and under. Free tickets will be available outside the large meeting room starting at 10 am. Read More
Children's Solar Print Class at Linvilla Orchards
11 am
137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media
Children will use solar print paper to make their very own prints to take home and will have enough paper to take home and do more projects later. Call 610-876-7116 to register. Read More
Preschool Explorers
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's theme: the Moon! Read More
Tween and Teen DIY Slime and Stress Balls
4-5 pm
Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media
Make stress balls from water beads and slime to take home. For kids entering grades 4 and up only. Pre-register online. Read More
Media Dining Under The Stars
5-10 pm
State Street, Media
Media’s main street closes down for traffic and opens up for al fresco dining, music, and community from Jackson to Orange streets on Wednesday nights this summer. Read More
Learn about Mi Casita
5:30 pm
Lulu's Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Come learn about Mi Casita's Spanish Immersion Preschool and Childcare Center, opening in Ardmore January 2020! Kids welcome to attend. Light snacks and vino for the grown-ups! RSVP to ardmore@micasitapreschool.com Read More
Outdoor Movie Night: 'The Sandlot'
6:30 pm
Paoli Presbyterian Church, 225 S. Valley Road, Paoli
Movie starts at 7:30 pm; food trucks, fire trucks, and snacks start at 6:30 pm! Bring your own blankets and chairs. Read More
Radnor Summer Concert
6:30-8 pm
Bo Connor Park, 590 S. Devon Ave., Wayne
Bring your lawn chairs for a free community concert featuring the band Legacy. Read More
Narberth Summer Concert Series
7 pm
Narberth Park, in front of the Chet Tyson Pavilion, 80 Windsor Ave, Narberth
Come for a free outdoor concert by Wheelhouse. Bring chairs and blankets. Read More
Wednesday Night Live: Turtle Dance Music
7-8 pm
Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown
A “turtle-riffic” musical experience that is designed to engage children through song, movement, stories, projections, and interactive music technology! Each song is accompanied by hands-on, visual, and sensory experiences. Kids will play instruments and dance along through the whole show! Read More
Outdoor Movie: 'Hotel Transylvania 3'
7:30-10 pm
Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting
Bring your own chairs and blankets! The movie will be shown at the Community Center Park amphitheater behind the GPCC. DJ entertainment begins at 7:30 pm and the movie at dusk. Chick-Fil-A and Kona Ice will be available for purchase Read More

Thursday

Stars on the Move Planetarium Shows
10 am (ages 3-6) and 11 am (ages 7-11)
Marple Library, 2599 Sproul Rd, Broomall
Stars on the Move brings the Universe to you with a highly interactive planetarium experience. Registration is required over the phone. Read More
Museum Explorers: Nifty Nature with Jennifer Hansen Rolli
10 am and 11 am
Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman's Mill Road, Chadds Ford
See nature through the eyes of an artist and use oil pastels to capture the beauty of Brandywine. Jennifer Hansen Rolli is an author and illustrator whose book, 'Claudia and Moth,' is the story of a young girl who learns about life through her love ... Read More
Clay with Us! Kids Edition
9:30 am
Highland Orchards, 1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road, West Chester
Kids will be guided in creating their own, one of a kind, beginners ceramic project. Pre-registration is required online. Read More
Summertime Stories in the Children's Garden
10 am
Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon
Visit the Children’s Garden and enjoy a nature-themed read aloud. Then borrow a Jenkins Explorer Vest and binder of materials to enjoy as you walk along the garden paths. Appropriate for children 3 to 8 accompanied by an adult. Free; pre-registration required. Read More
Tyler Arboretum Outdoor Adventures
10-11 am
515 Painter Road, Media
Kids ages 3-7 will splash around and see what they can find in the stream. Prepare to get wet! Water shoes are required. Bathing suits and a towel are encouraged, but not necessary. Pre-register online. Read More
Dinosaur Explorers Day
10 am-1 pm
Village Play Space, 4 Midland Ave., Berwyn
Come to Village Play Space for a day of dinosaur games, crafts, music, and play! Pre-register online. Read More
Disney's High School Musical, Jr.
10:30 am
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 North Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill
Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High are "All in This Together" in this exciting, dance-filled musical running July 10-12. Read More
Astronaut Training Camp
10:30 am-3 pm
Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown
Drop in anytime for an astronaut course challenge! Read More
Yoga @ Play
11:30 am-noon
Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne
Bond with your child (ages 1-4) through a yoga adventure, doing poses, mindfulness activities, and games. You will get to explore and experience fun partner poses with your child and then relax and unwind side by side. Space is limited to 20 children; register in ... Read More
Kidzart at Bala Cynwyd Library
2-3 pm
131 Old Lancaster Rd., Bala Cynwyd
Join Holly Meade of Kidzart as she leads a guided drawing class. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Registration is required - contact the Junior Room to sign up. Read More
Cartooning with Julia
3-4 pm
Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown
An exploration of the basics of cartooning for kids in grades 6-12. No previous drawing experience required. Read More
Touch A Truck
5-7 pm
Bright Horizons at Eagleview, 640 Rice Boulevard, Exton
Stop by to check out some awesome trucks--get your passport stamped at each truck for a chance to win one a raffle basket. Read More
Kids' Night Out at Young Sports
5:30-8:30 pm
133 Sugartown Rd., Wayne
Drop your child (ages 3-10) off for an awesome time with Young Sports while you enjoy an adult night out. Includes gym games, pizza, a movie, and more. Pre-registration is required. Read More
Drop-In Summer Craft: Ocean
6-8 pm
Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy, Wynnewood
Drop by to make your own summer crafts. All supplies are provided. The topic is oceans, and children can make their own crab project and jellyfish. Read More

Friday

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
Disney's High School Musical, Jr.
10:30 am
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 North Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill
Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High are "All in This Together" in this exciting, dance-filled musical running July 10-12. 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. Read More
Elephant and Piggie Meet and Greet
11 am
Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media
Join Gerald and Piggie for stories, dancing, and fun! Time for photos afterward. Plan on arriving 15 minutes early for the best chance of entry! Read More
Preschool Music Program at Bala Cynwyd Library
11-11:30 am
131 Old Lancaster Rd., Bala Cynwyd
Music Play Patrol will perform toe tapping music for the preschool crowd. No registration required. Read More
Drag Queen Story Hour
12:30 pm
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli
Join Drag Queen Balena Canto for stories, songs, and crafts! You can even bring a picnic lunch. Ages birth to 5. Registration required. Read More
Casey Cooks With Kids
4-5 pm
Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr
Kids age 5 and up will make Butterfly Snack Bags! Sign up is necessary -  call 610-525-1776 Ext. 5. Read More
BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita
4—7:30pm
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
Tyler on Tap
5:30-9 pm
515 Painter Road, Media
New for this year, every Friday from July 5 through August 23, come to Tyler for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening with food trucks and great beer from 2SP Brewing. With the location rotating each week within the grounds, this “beerboretum” will feature science-related tables for ... Read More
Festive Friday: A Night in Paris
5:30–10 pm
Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square
Enjoy live music, fountain shows, and more as Longwood Gardens transports you to Paris. Free with Gardens admission; timed admission tickets required. Read More
‘Pippin’ at Media Theatre
7 pm
104 E. State Street, Media
With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. Tickets available online. Read More
Spamalot Young@Part
7-9 pm
Phoenixville Area Middle School, 1000 Purple Pride Pkwy, Phoenixville
Monty Python’s Spamalot Young@Part centers around King Arthur and his search for the Holy Grail in a hilarious musical! Tickets available online. Read More
‘The Tempest’ by Phoenix Theatre
7-10 pm
SALT Performing Arts Center, 1645 Art School Rd., Chester Springs
This brand new theater company presents a contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s final play, using modern design concepts to create magic along with strong movement work and dynamic music. Tickets available online; kids 18 and under get in free! Read More
Universe of Stories Space Exploration
8:30-10:30 pm
Villanova Observatory, 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova
Everyone age 12 and up is invited to gaze at the waxing gibbous moon through the Observatory's 14" Celestron CGE telescope. Bring your questions, as astronomers will be on-hand with answers! Read More

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