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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: November 12–18

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‘Cinderella: A Musical Panto’ in Previews

November 14—16, 7 pm

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 play will be in previews this week, and will formally open this weekend—but tickets are discounted for previews!

Garden Railway at Longwood Gardens

Through January 6, 2019

1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

 

Find this yearly favorite right near the restaurant at Longwood—it includes almost 400 feet of track, and beautiful models of favorite Longwood buildings constructed from natural materials.

‘Little Women: The Musical’

November 15—17, 7—9 pm

Academy of Notre Dame, 560 Sproul Road, Villanova

 

Academy of Notre Dame presents this musical based on Louisa May Alcott’s American classic. Tickets available online.

Monday

Family Pet Photos with Santa

November 12, 10 am—9 pm

Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike

 

Every Monday through mid-December, bring the whole family—including your furry friends—for a photo with Santa! All pets must be on a leash, in a carrier, or held by the owner at all times. Book here in advance.

Elephant and Piggie Day

November 12, 10 am—8 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Stop by all day for crafts and games inspired by this popular Mo Willems’ series.

Music Monkey Jungle at cBOP

November 12, 10:30—11 am

393 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford

 

Kids age 4 and under will love MMJ’s weekly singalong. $12; babies under 6 months old are free.

Media Veterans Day Parade

November 12, 11:11 am—12:30 pm

State and Jackson streets, Media

 

The parade begins at 11:11 am at State and Jackson streets and ends in front of the Delaware County Courthouse. Rain or shine.

Teen Art Club

November 12, 2:30—4 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Middle school and high school aged patrons can have fun while hanging out and exploring artistic mediums.

Tuesday

‘Wonder’ at Ardmore Library

November 13, 1—3 pm

108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Come for a special Tuesday matinee screening of Wonder at the library.

Dance Me a Story

November 13, 1:30 pm

Middletown Free Library, 21 North Pennell Road, Media

 

This class, taught by dance teacher Ms. Lisa Oster,  features a story with movement and accompanying music. For ages 2-5 years old with a caregiver. Pre-register online.

STEAM with Bed Time Math

November 13, 4—4:30 pm

Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne

 

Make geometric designs with pretzels and use dice to color a picture, all using Bed Time Math questions. Space is limited to 20, so register in advance. For ages 6 and up.

Saturday Club Holiday Market

November 13, 5—9 pm

117 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne

 

Saturday Club’s annual Holiday Market features local businesses, artisans, and designers offering unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Pajama Story Time

November 13, 6 pm

Marple Public Library, 2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall

 

Come in PJs and enjoy stories, songs, and a craft before bedtime.

College 101 (Ages 13 and up)

November 13, 7—8:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Join Drexel University Admission Officer Stephanie Delaney for a look at the process of attending college.  This information-packed program will assist teens and parents in navigating through admissions like a pro.

Wednesday

Bilingual Storytime and Music Circle

November 14, 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.

Tyler Arboretum Toddlers in Nature

November 14, 10—11 am and 1—2 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Read The Very Busy Squirrel, and learn how squirrels get ready for the winter. Then explore nature and see it for yourself! For toddlers 18 months-3 years and a caregiver. Pre-register online.

Thanksgiving Toddler Story Time

November 14, 10:30 am

Marple Public Library, 2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall

 

Celebrate Thanksgiving early with an interactive storytime and craft for kids age 2-4. Bring a canned good to donate to the Food Bank.

$5 Drop-In Mommy and Me Art Class: Tree

November 7, 11 am

260 Exton Square Pkwy., Exton

 

Chester County Art Association hosts $5 drop-ins at its gallery in Exton Square Mall. This class is for kids age 5 and under with a caregiver.

$5 Drop-In Art Classes (Ages 4+)

November 14, 1 pm and 2 pm

260 Exton Square Pkwy., Exton

 

Chester County Art Association hosts $5 drop-ins at its gallery in Exton Square Mall.

Preschool Explorers: Car Safety

November 14, 1:30—2:45 pm

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

 

Stories and hands-on learning activities for ages 3-5. This week, Ms. Aly from DCTMA talks about car safety. Call 610-566-1918 to register.

STEM: Amusement Park Engineering for Teens

November 14, 2:30—4 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Learn how science and creativity come together to make amusement park rides both thrilling and fun. Kids grades 6-12 will design rides out of K’nex and model kits, play the game Roller Coaster Tycoon, and ride virtual reality coasters.

Art Workshop: Modern Masters – Matisse Cut-Outs (Ages 8-16)

November 14, 4—6 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

This afternoon papercutting and pasting workshop is inspired by Henri Matisse’s famous abstract paper cut-outs. For kids ages 8-16. Pre-register online.

Pajama Story Time: Thanksgiving

November 14, 7—7:30 pm

Belmont Hills Library, 120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd

 

Get on your PJs and head to the library for a special Thanksgiving-themed storytime before bed.

Thursday

Music Monkey Jungle at cBOP

November 15, 10:30—11 am

393 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford

 

Kids age 4 and under will love MMJ’s weekly singalong. $12; babies under 6 months old are free.

$5 Drop-In Mommy and Me Art Class: Placemat Turkeys

November 15, 11 am

260 Exton Square Pkwy., Exton

 

Chester County Art Association hosts $5 drop-ins at its gallery in Exton Square Mall. This holiday-themed class is for kids age 5 and under with a caregiver.

Make Your Own Pizza

November 15, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

Common Space, 25 Rittenhouse Pl., Ardmore

 

Join for a story and to prepare your very own personal pizza. Roll, decorate with cheese, cook, and enjoy! Suggested donation of $5.

Tyler Arboretum Tiny Trackers

November 15, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Kids ages 4-6 with a caregiver will go on a hike and adopt a tree to visit each season and see how it changes. Pre-register online.

S.M.Art Kids Club

November 15, 4 pm

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne

 

This weekly after-school club for kids in grades 1-5 will explore a different STEM topic each month through books, experiments, crafts, and hands-on fun. Read a book, make an inspiring mess, and learn something new! No registration required.

Yoga with Miss Gosha

November 15, 4—4:45 pm

Marple Public Library, 2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall

 

Join Miss Gosha for an afternoon of parent/caregiver and kid (age 4-8) yoga. Registration required.

Friday

Day out with Thomas at Strasburg Railroad

November 16—18

301 Gap Rd., Ronks

 

his family-favorite event features a ride with Thomas, offers the opportunity to ride with Percy, and is packed with extra Thomas-related activities and photo ops. Pre-registration required.

Roots with Ruark at Lulu’s Casita

November 16, 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

November 16, 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.

Family Stories and Puppet Show: Turkey’s Thanksgiving Adventure

November 16, 11—11:45 am

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

 

Get ready for the holiday with stories, music, and the short puppet show, “Turkey’s Thanksgiving Adventure.”

FEZtival of Trees and Lights

November 16, 4—8 pm (plus dates through November 21)

LuLu Shriners, 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Walk through a beautiful forest of uniquely decorated trees, enjoy refreshments, watch local entertainers, shop the Marketplace, take an antique sleigh ride, and get a photo with Santa!

Tech vs. Tech (Grades 6 and up)

November 16, 4 pm

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne

 

Which tech bot is best? Choose your machine and compete in a series of simple tasks. Engineer and maneuver bots and droids for glory and the title of Top Tech.  Register here.

Dewey Decimal Cupcake Decorating

November 16, 4:30—5:15 pm

Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli

 

Participants will choose a non-fiction book and decorate a cupcake based on the selection, then show their creations off. For ages 6-12. Registration required.

‘Meet the Expert’ BYOB and Pizza Night with Erica Desper

November 16, 5—7:30 pm

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave ., Ardmore

 

Bring your little ones to play at Lulu’s while Erica Desper of Confident Parenting answers your sleep and potty training questions. Plus it’s BYOB and Pizza Friday!

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

November 16—December 31, 6—9 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 visit Bubby’s Dessert Party and enjoy seasonal treats with Bubby the Bison. Tickets are available online.

Flick & Float: ‘The Incredibles 2’

November 16, 6—9 pm

Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting

 

Swim, float, and splash in the leisure pool while watching The Incredibles 2 on a huge screen. Bring your favorite float! Movie starts at 6:30 pm.

‘The Nutcracker’ performed by Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet

November 16, 7 pm (runs through the weekend as well)

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Road, Drexel Hill

 

The 90-minute show is ideal for children ages 4 and older. The festive decorations in the lobby provide the perfect backdrop for holiday shopping before and after the show.

AudioBody

November 16, 7—8:30 pm

Valley Forge Middle School, 105 West Walker Road, Wayne

 

This thrilling performance combines circus arts, comedy, award-winning technology, computerized LED light shows, and live upbeat music. Tickets available online.

Weekend Events

Get the rundown in our High Five weekend event planner!

 

Photograph by Lori Robbins.

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

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