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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: October 21–27

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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.

‘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 21–27

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

Caregiver and Me Spanish
9:50 am
Spanish Exploradores, 2200 Grasslyn Ave., Havertown
Learn Spanish with your little one (9 months - 6 years) with music, games, crafts, stories, and more. Read More
Toy Story 4 Craft: Forky
10:30-11 am
Learning Express Toys of Collegeville, 160 Market St., Collegeville
Make your own Forky! This is a free event, but online registration is required. For ages 3 and up. Read More
Quilts Tell Stories
4:45-5:45 pm
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli
Students ages 5-8 will listen to a quilt story, examine quilts and quilt fragments from the Chester County Historical Society collection, experiment with colors and patterns in creating designs, and create their own quilt square. Registration required online. Read More

Tuesday

Story Explorers: The Busy Little Squirrel
11 am and 4 pm
Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy, Wynnewood
This preschool program will focus on kindergarten readiness activities and experiments in stations after the group reads 'The Busy Little Squirrel' by Nancy Tafuri. Program is the same at 11 and 4. Registration is required; call or stop by the library to register. Read More
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
Teenie Halloweenie
10 am-noon
Cedar Grove Park, 100 Cedar Grove Road, Conshohocken
Teenie Halloweenie is a great Halloween event for the youngest of ghouls! Come dressed in costume for games, crafts, and other activities, including a kids concert led by the instructors from Jump, Jive, & Jam! Read More
Tyler Arboretum Garden Sprouts
1-2 pm
515 Painter Rd., Media
Kids ages 4-6 will harvest late-season crops, clearing away old plants and weeds, and planting seeds that will overwinter in the soil. Pre-register online. Read More
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
Primp A Pumpkin
4-5 pm
Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne
Bring your own pumpkin, and the library will supply the decorations and tools. Pre-register online. Read More
Marple Library Halloween Party
4:30-5:15 pm
2599 Sproul Road, Broomall
Spooktacular crafts, treats, activities and more for kids and their parents. Registration is required. 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
Bat Night
7-8 pm
Harriet Wetherill Park, 2642 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting
Learn about bats, complete some bat-themed activities, and explore outside. Pre-registration required. Read More
Mommy and Me Class: Owl Day at BounceU
10:30-noon
BounceU, 130 W. Main St., Collegeville
This owl-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 Little Chefs
10 – 11:30 am
515 Painter Road, Media
By adding a few fragrant and spiced herbs from Tyler's garden, discover how to cook delicious potato dishes. Thematic content and cooking tasks will be best suited to kids ages 4-6. Pre-register online. Read More
Ghost Craft at Learning Express
10:30-11 am
Learning Express Toys of Collegeville, 160 Market St., Collegeville
Come make a light-up ghost! This is a free event for ages 1.5 and up, but online reservations are required. 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
Free First Notes Music Class
4-4:45 pm
Marple Library, 2599 Sproul Road, Broomall
An afternoon of joyful songs and dance with Miss Virginia. For ages 5 and under with a caregiver. 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
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
West Chester Halloween Parade
7 pm
401 East Gay Street, West Chester
This mid-week parade will delight everyone in the family. Arrive early as there will be lots of street closures. Head to one of the many borough garages for easy parking. Candy will not be thrown from the floats, but they’ve set up candy bag stations ... Read More
Phoenixville's Annual Halloween Parade
To celebrate the season, enjoy a parrade, followed by a Trunk or Treat on the 100 block of Bridge Street to Starr Street. Sign up online to participate. Read More

Thursday

Pumpkin Decorating at Wolff's
10-11 am
81 S. Pennell Rd., Media
Pumpkin decorating with Miss Kim. Come in costume! Children are welcome to stay afterward to play in the play area. Read More
Shipley Shops
10 am - 6 pm
Yarnall Gym at Shipley School, 839 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr
This Main Line event is a 59-year-old tradition that brings together premier retailers from throughout the United States, attracting customers from Shipley's community and beyond. Feel guilt-free about splurging because 20% of every purchase benefits The Shipley School. Open to the public; mention Main Line ... 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. Online registration is requested. Read More
Bat Craft at Learning Express
10:30-11 am
Learning Express Toys of Collegeville, 160 Market St., Collegeville
Come make a fun bat craft for Halloween! This is a free event for ages 1.5 and up, but online reservations are required. Read More
Playdate on the Playscape
12:30-1:30 pm
The West Hill School, 1455 West Hill Road, Rosemont
This event is for children 1.5 - 3 years old. Take a tour of the school, meet the teachers, and explore The West Hill School's outdoor playscape which was recently certified as a Nature Explorer outdoor classroom! For questions call 610-525-7660 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
Teen Halloween Craft: Make a Deconstructed Stuffed Animal Monster
4:30-7:30 pm
Belmont Hills Library, 120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd
Teens (ages 12 to 18) can turn that fluffy unicorn into something more sinister! Stuffed animals and other materials provided, or bring your own to use or share. Pizza provided. Registration suggested, but walk-ins welcome. Read More
Wayne Business Association Trick Or Treat
5-7 pm
North Wayne Ave., Wayne
Wayne merchants and restaurants welcome trick-or-treaters to town with treats and specials. Stroll around town and enjoy a safe trick-or-treat! Read More

Friday

Shipley Shops
8:30 am-4:30 pm
Yarnall Gym at Shipley School, 839 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr
This Main Line event is a 59-year-old tradition that brings together premier retailers from throughout the United States, attracting customers from Shipley's community and beyond. Feel guilt-free about splurging because 20% of every purchase benefits The Shipley School. Open to the public; mention Main Line ... Read More
Trick or Treat at the Radnor Township Building
9 am-4 pm
Radnor Township Municipal Building, 301 Iven Ave., Radnor
Children and families are invited to get on their costumes and visit the Radnor Township Municipal Building (during business hours) to trick-or-treat throughout the building. This event is for children ages 5 and under. Participants will receive a free pumpkin while supplies last to decorate. ... Read More
Little Dragons Playgroup
10-11 am
Holy Child Academy, 475 Shadeland Ave., Drexel Hill
Free playgroup with storytime, games, and crafts for children ages 18 months to 4 years. At this meetup read The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry and decorate your own itsy bitsy pumpkins! Pre-register online. Read More
Morning Melodies Music Class: Spooky Sounds Class with Miss Brie
10-11 am
Common Space, 25 Rittenhouse Pl., Ardmore
Come dressed in your favorite costume and join in a magical, musical Halloween celebration! Read More
Thomas, Mavis, and the Strasburg Spooktacular!
10 am-2 pm
Strasburg Railroad, 301 Gap Road, Ronks
This weekend, Strasburg Railroad offers a unique opportunity for kids and their families to take a Halloween-decorated, 20-minute ride with everyone’s favorite tank engine. Includes trick-or-treat stations, Halloween costume contests, face painting, pumpkin decorating, other fall-themed games, and more. Step inside the Thomas & Friends ... Read More
Mama and Me Yoga
10:30 am
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
Moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers and your child 4 years and under join the library for 45 minutes of relaxing yoga with a certified yoga instructor. Space is limited so please come early; they'll start handing tickets out at 10 am. Read More
Meet the Cast of James and the Giant Peach
1:30-2 pm
Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown
The cast of the Haverford High School Production of 'James and the Giant Peach' will visit the library for a special storytime! Meet James and his friends for singing, dancing, and stories! One lucky family will win tickets to an upcoming performance of the show. 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 Halloween Cookie Faces with Miss Casey. One parent must stay at all times to help out with class. Read More
Teen Fright Night: 'A Quiet Place'
4-6 pm
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli
Join Miss Stephanie for a screening of 'A Quiet Place' starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt (PG-13). Pizza and popcorn provided. No registration required. 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
Family Friendly Halloween Happy Hour (with Character Visits)
4:30-7:30 pm
Village Play Space, 4 Midland Ave., Berwyn
Celebrate Halloween with a special BYOB Happy Hour, featuring character visitors from A Moment of Magic: Ariel, Princess Anna, and Spider-Man! Bring your little ones in their costumes and enjoy some treats without the tricks. Space is limited, so register online to reserve a ticket. 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
Descendants Event at Sweet and Sassy
5:30 pm
Sweet & Sassy, 250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville
Get ‘Descendants’ makeovers, sing and dance, and more. You’ll be chillin’ like a villain! Book online. Read More
Halloween Boo Bounce
6-8 pm
BounceU, 130 W. Main St., Collegeville
Celebrate Halloween at BounceU with decorations, games, pizza, bouncing and some surprises, too. Pre-register online. Read More
After Hours Teen Movie Night: 'Hocus Pocus'
6-9 pm
Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown
Grades 6-12 are invited for an interactive viewing of 'Hocus Pocus' to get in the Halloween spirit. There will be in-show activities and props, plus refreshments. Don’t forget your costume! Doors open at 6 pm. Movie will begin at approximately 6:30 pm. Read More
‘Les Miserables’ at Friends’ Central Upper School
7 pm
1101 City Avenue, Wynnewood
The Upper School presents the classic musical of love, war, loss, and redemption in the wake of the French Revolution. Read More
Night at the Nature Center
7-9 pm
Upper Main Line YMCA, 1416 Berwyn Paoli Road, Berwyn
Hike through the moonlit forest on the search for clues to help solve the mystery of which animal has been causing a ruckus in the nature center. Examine tracks and scat to uncover the answer and end the night with s’mores by the campfire, nature-themed ... Read More
Pool-O-Ween
7:30-9:30 pm
Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting
The entire aquatics center is transformed into an eerie water playground with music by DJ Light & Sound. The lights are low, creepy creatures will be wandering and there will be glow necklaces for all. The event ends with a huge candy scramble – where ... Read More

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