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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: November 26–December 2

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See this: Holiday Lights on the Main Line and Beyond

‘Newsies’

November 29—December 1, 7—10 pm

Tredyffrin Easttown Middle School, 801 Conestoga Road, Berwyn

 

The Upper Main Line Community Theater presents the musical Newsies, starring actors ages 5 and up. Tickets available online.

Linvilla Orchards’ Christmas Around the Farm

Through December 23

598 Linvill Rd., Media

 

Cut your own Christmas tree, visit the Christmas shop, and even see Santa (he’s there Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm and 3 pm).

‘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.

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). You can even visit with Santa at the market.

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.

West Chester Griswolds

November 22—January 1; Monday—Thursday 4:45—9:45 pm, Friday—Sunday 4:45—10:15 pm

304 Dutton Mill Rd., West Chester

 

The Plummer Family’s annual display features over 85,000 LED lights, and is gets bigger and better every year. They start working on their holiday spectacle each fall, and it runs from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. The Plummers suggest that if you visit, to tune your car radio to 87.9 for Christmas songs and information about the display.

Monday

Music Monkey Jungle at cBOP

November 19, 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.

Teen Art Club

November 26, 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

Storytime and Craft at Linvilla Orchards

November 27, 10—11 am

598 Linvill Rd., Media

 

Miss Marcia reads an entertaining story featuring gardens, farming, animals, and nature.  Children can also create a special craft each week. Primarily for preschoolers, but your entire family is welcome to join. Free; no registration required.

Ardmore Library Tuesday Matinee

November 27, 1 pm

108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Come for a free afternoon movie screening at the library. This week, learn about Mister Rogers in Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Wednesday

Bilingual Storytime and Music Circle

November 28, 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’s Toddlers in Nature

November 28, 10—11 am and 1—2 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Toddlers (age 18 months to 3 years) and a caregiver will discover what animals do in cold weather through stories and nature exploration. Pre-registration required.

Music Training Center at Bala Cynwyd Library

November 28, 10:30 am

131 Old Lancaster Rd., Bala Cynwyd

 

The Music Training Center of Ardmore will perform a high energy music performance for the preschool crowd.  No registration required.

$5 Drop-In Mommy and Me Art Class

November 28, 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 28, 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.

Teen Puzzle Wars

November 28, 2:30—4 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

It will be a battle of wits and concentration to win this war! Each team of three will receive the same 300 piece jigsaw puzzle and then compete to see which group can finish the fastest. For grades 6-12.

Music Monkey Jungle at Marple Public Library

November 28, 4—4:45 pm

2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall

 

Kids age 5 and under can join Music Monkey Jungle for some super fun music, dancing, singing, and lots more! Free, no registration required.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 28, 6—7 pm

Walton Road and Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

The celebration will kick off at 6 pm at the Service and Devotion Monument. The evening will also feature a mini concert and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. Santa and Ms. Claus will make an appearance, so bring your smiles and cameras.

Pajama Story Time: Hanukkah!

November 28, 7—7:30 pm

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

 

Get ready for the holiday with a special Hanukkah themed pajama storytime!

Thursday

Free First Notes Baby-Toddler Music Class

November 29, 10:30—11:15 am

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

This free class by Music Training Center teaches first steps in singing, rhythm, movement, and small instruments. No registration necessary.

Merge Dance Studio at Marple Public Library

November 29, 10:30—11:15 am

2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall

 

Come and join Miss Christa for some music, movement, and dance for kids age 3-6. Pre-registration required.

$5 Drop-In Mommy and Me Fingerpainting

November 29, 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.

S.M.Art Kids Club

November 29, 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.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

November 29, 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! Tickets are available online.

Friday

Longwood Gardens’ Breakfast with Santa

1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square

November 30, 9–10:30 am

 

Enjoy a tasty breakfast buffet with Santa at The Terrace at Longwood Gardens. The event is likely to sell out, so reserve your seats early.

Roots with Ruark at Lulu’s Casita

November 30, 10—10:30 am

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

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

Abridged ‘Nutcracker’ Performance

November 30, 10:30—11:30 am

Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, 800 Manchester Ave., Media

 

Parkside Performing Arts Company will do a special shortened morning version of The Nutcracker in advance of their weekend run. Tickets are $5 each. Email reservation request to PPACNutcracker@aol.com

Cricket Cringle

November 30, 5—9 pm; and December 1, 1—4 pm

Cricket Avenue, Ardmore

 

This annual outdoor, holiday market featuring more than 40 merchants and food trucks also includes plenty of fun kids’ activities and live performances. Watch for a surprise appearance from Santa Claus on Friday night at 7:30pm as he arrives on top of a firetruck!

Winterfest at King of Prussia Town Center

November 30, 5—8 pm

155 Village Drive, King of Prussia

 

King of Prussia Town Center will come alive with fun holiday activities all month long! This Friday, it’s a glow stick dance party, face painting, and treats.

Holiday Cheer Concert at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center

November 30, 5 pm

226 North High Street, West Chester

 

Listen to old fashioned holiday favorites as well as lively new songs; as well as a short play performed by the art center’s Professional Youth Program. Tickets available online.

‘The Nutcracker’ by Parkside Performing Arts Company

November 30, 7—8:30 pm (also on December 1)

Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, 800 Manchester Ave., Media

 

Parkside Performing Arts Academy’s production of The Nutcracker will be on Friday night, as well as Saturday afternoon and evening. For more information or to reserve your tickets, email PPACNutcracker@aol.com (tickets will also be available at the door).

QVC West Chester Christmas Parade

November 30, 7:15 pm (Holiday Village from 5—9 pm)

Downtown West Chester

 

Bring in the season with local businesses, marching bands, floats, and antique vehicles in a festive parade. Before the parade, the Holiday Village is open from 5– 9pm with complimentary treats, hot chocolate, face painting, holiday tunes, photo ops, and more.

Christmas in Wayne

November 30, 5:30 – 8 pm

145 North Wayne Avenue, Wayne

 

Family fun takes place up and down Wayne Avenue from the Train Station to the Fire Department. Festive caroling, horse drawn carriage rides, ornament decorating, and more make for a super family fun night. The magical evening is topped off by the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Wayne Train Station. Many stores will have extended shopping hours.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

November 30, 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! Tickets are available online.

Weekend Events

See all our picks in the High Five weekend event planner!

 

Photograph by Aliza Schlabach.

 

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

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