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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: October 14–20

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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. Visit our post for a MLP reader discount code!

Pumpkinland and Haunted Gardens at Colonial Gardens

September 28—October 31

745 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville

Enjoy family-friendly fall fun through October. Activities include hayrides, corn maze, and a Halloween funhouse. Plus, Pumpkinland—a Halloween display of colorful cartoon characters, scarecrows, hay hutch, and over ten tons of pumpkins—is always a hit!

Blooms & Bamboo at Longwood Gardens

October 3 — November 17

1001 Longwood Dr., Kennett Square

Autumn is here … and with it comes a debut exhibit, the masterful Blooms & Bamboo: Chrysanthemum and Ikebana Sogetsu Artistry. Prepare to be wowed by towering bamboo art forms and enchanting arrangements by international artists. Autumn also brings a painted landscape of ever-changing color, imaginative play with pumpkins and the Garden Railway, and creative chrysanthemums meticulously grown into gorgeous forms throughout the Conservatory.

Cirque Italia Water Circus

October 10—20

King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia

Cirque Italia presents “Aquatic Spectacular,” featuring a custom-designed water stage that performers dazzle over while thrilling the audience with aerial acts, hand balancing, and more.

‘Matilda: The Musical’

October 2–27

The Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, Media

Inspired by the genius of Roald Dahl, this Tony Award-winning musical is the captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life–and is packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs! Tickets available online.

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

September 14—November 10

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

Linvilla has brought out the piles and piles of pumpkins! Plus, enjoy hayrides, pick-your-own fruit, playscapes, and more. And this week, take spooky Hayrides to the Witch’s House!

LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Brick or Treat

September 28–October 31

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

LEGO lovers unite for a scavenger hunt, a life-size hayride in the LEGO pumpkin patch, four-foot-tall LEGO witches and cauldrons, giveaways, and more.  Plus, kids can come dressed in their Halloween best to pose for pictures with larger-than-life LEGO models and LEGO costume props!

Costume Exchange at Haverford Township Free Library

October 14–20

1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

Have an old Halloween costume you don’t need anymore? Need a new costume but don’t want to spend the money? Come browse HTFL’s costume exchange. Bring a clean, gently used costume or take one home.

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
Battleship New Jersey Kids Steam Engine Project
2-5 pm
Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne
The Battleship New Jersey is coming to the library for a program about Steam Engines. They are going to talk about where steam comes from, how the engine generates electricity, how that is used to move the propeller, and how that actually moves us through ... Read More
Art in the Afternoon
3-4 pm
Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown
Kids in grades 5-8 are invited to learn about famous artists and create projects in their style. 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

Tuesday

Storytime and Craft at Linvilla Orchards
2 pm
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. Read More
Braiding and Styling with Dad
5 pm
Sweet & Sassy, 250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville
Enjoy daddy-daughter time with hair care information and a braiding session. Book online. Read More
Pajama Storytime
7-8 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
Baby Shark Day at BounceU
10:30-noon
BounceU, 130 W. Main St., Collegeville
This Baby Shark-themed class is 90 minutes long and includes an activity of the day, craft, snack, and playtime in the Bounce Arena. This class is for kids 2-5 years with a caregiver. Pre-register online. Read More

Wednesday

Tyler Arboretum Toddlers in Nature
9:30–10:30 am
515 Painter Rd., Media
Toddlers (age 18 months to 3 years) will learn about nocturnal animals and how they adapt to survive at night. Pre-register online. Read More
Music with Miss Joy
10:45 am
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
A lively musical storytime for the preschool crowd. Sing and bop along with Miss Joy, her guitar, and some fun stories. Space is limited so free tickets will be available starting at 10 am at the Children's Circulation desk. For ages 5 and under with ... Read More
ASL Storytime
1:30-2:15 pm
Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown
Miss Vicki will do a special storytime with ASL Sign Language. Read More
Tween Cupcake Wars
4:45-5:45 pm
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli
Tweens ages 9 to 12 years will take your inspiration their favorite book their character, receive a cupcake and compete against peers in this decorative challenge!  Registration required, online. Read More

Thursday

Storytime and Mask Making
10-10:45 am
Wolff's Apple House, 81 S. Pennell Rd., Media
Come for a free, festive mask-making storytime with Miss Kim. Read More
Children's Read Aloud Tours
10:30 am
Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman's Mill Rd., Chadds Ford
Young children and their grown-ups hear a story, interact with art in the Brandywine River Museum of Art’s galleries, and make their own creative works in this fun program. This week, read a fun Pete the Cat story! Online registration is requested. Read More
Tyler Arboretum Tiny Trackers
1-2 pm
515 Painter Rd., Media
Learn what happens to leaves in the fall. Look for different colors and make a pretty leaf craft. For kids ages 4-6. Pre-registration required. Read More
KinderSTEM
1:30-2:30 pm
Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown
Playful activities that will introduce science, technology, engineering, and math to your preschooler. Read More
Teen Art Club
3-4 pm
Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown
Calling all teen artists, gather to learn drawing and cartooning basics, and a chance to share tips and techniques with your peers. No previous drawing experience required. Read More
Slightly Spooky Stories and Jack-o-Lantern Rock Painting
4-4:30 pm
Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media,
Halloween stories and craft, plus snacks. Best for ages 5 and up. Read More
The Great Pumpkin Carve
4-9 pm
1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford
An annual Chadds Ford tradition, the three-day event highlights over 70 giant pumpkins carved into spooktacular creations. Carvers work through the early evening on Thursday and then illuminate their masterpieces by candlelight. Guests can view the carvers at work Thursday and the finished products Friday ... Read More
The Arc of Chester County Trunk-or-Treat
5:30-7:30 pm
Arc of Chester County, 900 Lawrence Drive, West Chester
Cars decorated for the occasion, encourage little boos and ghouls to make the rounds and collect goodies by the trunk full. Local food trucks will be onsite, offering snack options for purchase as well. Register online. Read More

Friday

Morning Melodies Music Class: Disney with Miss Brie
10-11 am
Common Space, 25 Rittenhouse Pl., Ardmore
Let it go, Hakuna Matata, just keep singing! Come dressed as your favorite Disney character and join in a Disney sing along! Read More
Little Sprouts Nature Class
10-11:15 am
Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Ave., Phoenixville
Kids ages 3-5 and a caregiver will discover how animals hide and copy each other with some puppet friends and by touching real animal pelts, feathers, and shells. Then, create an animal mask! Led by a naturalist from Green Valleys Watershed Association. Space is limited; ... Read More
Pumpkin Storytime
11:15 am-12:15 pm
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli
Enjoy stories, songs, and a craft surrounding pumpkins. Ages 18 months to 5 years. Registration required, online. Read More
Pop-Up Storytime at New Avenue Cafe
noon-1 pm
4 East Eagle Road, Havertown
Haverford Township Free Library will visit the cafe to share some spooky books and songs! 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
The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular
4-8 pm
Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne
Come in costume and trick-or-treat around the park, find your way through the new maze, “Where’s Slimey?”, check out Halloween-themed shows, the parade, and more! Read More
The Great Pumpkin Carve
4-9 pm
1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford
An annual Chadds Ford tradition, the three-day event highlights over 70 giant pumpkins carved into spooktacular creations. Carvers work through the early evening on Thursday and then illuminate their masterpieces by candlelight. Guests can view the carvers at work Thursday and the finished products Friday ... Read More
Teen Creativity Lab
4:45-5:45 pm
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli
Experiment with different types of slime, including edible slime. Grades 6 to 12. Registration required online. Read More
Full STEAM Ahead
4:45-5:45 pm
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
Kids ages 7-12 are invited for an afternoon of making, tinkering, and discovering using the principles of STEAM. Pre-registration required online. Read More
Braiding and Styling with Dad
5 pm
Sweet & Sassy, 250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville
Enjoy daddy-daughter time with hair care information and a braiding session. Book online. Read More
Festive Friday: Philly, We Love You
5-9 pm
Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Celebrate all things Philadelphia while enjoying an evening in the gardens. Evening includes live music, a scavenger hunt, and more. Read More
Monster Mash at Charming Star Playroom
5:30-8 pm
Charming Star Playroom, 4627 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square
With decor and music, parents and kids come in costume and enjoy a BYOB pizza night. Spooky games and surprises in store. Each child leaves with a pumpkin. Must buy tickets in advance. Read More
Trunk or Treat at Rocky Run YMCA
6-8 pm
Rocky Run YMCA, 1299 W. Baltimore Pike, Media
Decorate the trunk of your car, and children will go from trunk to trunk in the YMCA's Lower Parking Lot. Prizes will be awarded for most creative trunk. There will also be crafts and a movie, plus food available for purchase. Registration is required for ... Read More
Parents' Night Out at BounceU
6-9 pm
BounceU of Collegeville,130 W. Main St., Collegeville
Drop your kids off at BounceU and go for a date night! Parents Night Out is for ages 3-11 and includes pizza, drink, games, craft, and bounce. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. 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

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Photograph courtesy of Chadds Ford Historical Society,

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