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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: October 7–13

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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.

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 adds 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 1–11

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.


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
Fire Prevention Week Storytime
10:15-11 am
Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown
Meet firefighters from the Brookline Fire Company and learn about fire safety. Firefighters will show children their equipment, talk about fire safety, and have fun giveaways. 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


Family Storytime at Longwood Gardens
10 am and 10:45 am
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Young guests (designed for children ages 3–5) can enjoy nature-based stories in Lookout Loft Treehouse amid the beauty of the surrounding forest. Storytelling, songs, and puppets encourage children to discover the joys of nature, language, and literature. Read More
Museum Stroller Tour
10:30 am
Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman's Mill Rd., 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
Ballet with the PA Academy of Ballet
10:30-11:30 am
Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy, Wynnewood
This class provides a fun introduction to dance and music for 3-5 year olds. Call the library or stop by to register. Read More
Tyler Arboretum Garden Sprouts
1-2 pm
515 Painter Rd., Media
Kids ages 4-6 will plant alliums like garlic, shallots, and onions; and learn how to use them all season. Pre-register online. Read More
School’s Out Lunchtime Movie
1-3 pm
Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media
Ease into early dismissal at the library! Kids can bring their lunch and vote on a movie to watch. Best for ages 5 and up. 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
Preschool Art Workshop: Cats
4-5 pm
Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne
Ages 3-5 will learn how to draw a cat step-by-step in this fun art workshop. Pre-registration required, 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
Little Monster Day at BounceU
BounceU, 130 W. Main St., Collegeville
This monster-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


Halloween Cooking Workshop at HomeCooked
10 am-1 pm and 2-5pm
1 Paoli Plaza, Paoli
Kids can spend their day off making mummy calzones, a side, and a spooktacular dessert. All recipes will come home. Pre-register online. Read More
School's Out Camp Day at Young Sports
9 am-3 pm
133 Old Sugartown Rd. # B, Wayne
If your kids have off and you don't, they can come for a day of fun and sports. For ages 2.5-8. Pre-register online. Read More
School’s Out Day Camp at Elmwood Park Zoo
9 am-4 pm
1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
School’s Out Day Camp allows for children ages 6-8 and 9-13 to spend their day exploring and learning all about Elmwood Park Zoo’s animals. Each day campers will experience educational workshops, animal observations, animal meet and greets, crafts, animal trainings and more. Pre-registration required. Read More
Valley Forge National Historical Park Homeschool Day
9:30 am
1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia
An exciting day full of free activities and learning geared towards children ages 3-15. Pre-register online. Read More
Tyler Arboretum Little Chefs
10 – 11:30 am
515 Painter Road, Media
Learn to make a flavorful gumbo using okra picked right out of the garden. Thematic content and cooking tasks will be best suited to kids ages 4-6. Pre-register online. Read More
Pumpkin Carving Demonstration
10-11:30 am
Wolff's Apple House, 81 S. Pennell Rd., Media
Come to the Garden Center for a Pumpkin Carving Demonstration by local sculptor Patrick Cabry- fun for kids and adults alike! 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
All-Day SuperSTEAM and Crafts
11 am-4 pm
Belmont Hills Library, 120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd
Schools are closed so head over to Belmont Hills Library for a fun-filled day of STEAM activities. All ages welcome. Read More
National Fire Prevention Week with Radnor Fire Company
1-2 pm
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
Meet the firefighters of Radnor Fire Company and learn about ways you can protect yourself in a fire and ways to prevent a fire. All ages are welcome, with special giveaways for children. Registration appreciated, but not required Read More
School's Out Movie: 'The Secret Life of Pets'
1-2:30 pm
Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy, Wynnewood
Join the Penn Wynne Library for a fun movie day. Popcorn and a drink will be provided to the first 30 attendees. Registration required; call the library or stop by to register. Read More
School's Out: Robots!
3:30-5 pm
Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media
Try out some robots! The library will have Ozobots and Cubelets for older children, BeeBots and Cubetto for the younger children, and Dash & Dot robots for all ages! Read More
Mommy and Me Braiding Class
5-6 pm
Sweet & Sassy, 250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville
This one-hour workshop will teach a variety of braid styles. Book online. Read More


Fire Safety Storytime
10-10:45 am
Wolff's Apple House, 81 S. Pennell Rd., Media
Storytime with Miss Kim, plus a visit from firefighters who will be bringing their firetruck for the kids to check out. 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 'Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs!' Online registration is requested. Read More
11:30 am-noon
Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne
Yoga@Play classes combine yoga poses, mindfulness activities, games, music, and stories for little ones and their caregivers. For ages 1-4. Online registration required. Read More
Homeschoolers’ Fire Prevention Week Program
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown
Homeschoolers can meet their fire safety requirements early this year by joining the library for a visit from the Brookline Fire Company during Fire Prevention Week. Firefighters will show students their equipment, discuss fire safety, and answer questions. At the end of the program, students will ... Read More
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
Jumpstart Your College Essay
6-8 pm
Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy, Wynnewood
Teens ages 16-18 can join MW for an interactive, theatrical experience that will help launch their college essays. Registration required; call or stop by the library to register. Read More
Normal Isn't Real Film Screening
6-8:30 pm
AIM Academy, 1200 River Road, Conshohocken
As part of AIM Academy's programs honoring Dyslexia Awareness Month in October, they are hosting a screening of the film, 'Normal isn't Real: Succeeding with Learning Disabilities & ADHD.' The film features the stories of four young adults with LD/ADHD issues sharing their journeys to ... Read More
TechGirlz: Code & Play Your Own Game
6-8:30 pm
Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne
In this workshop, students will use a Makey Makey Inventor’s kit to build a custom keyboard out of unconventional conductive materials, such as fruit and Play-Doh. Students will then pair their keyboard with the game created in Scratch programming in order to connect the digital ... Read More
Understanding Your Child Through the Preschool Years
Gymboree Play & Music of Collegeville, 50 W. Third Ave & Chestnut Street, Collegeville
An informative evening with child development specialist Jeannine Chodoroff. Read More
National Geographic Explorer Academy Recruitment Day with Explorer Jennifer W. Lopez
7 pm
Children's Book World, 17 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford
Explorers will be spread out all over the world talking to kids and sharing their experiences… because these real-life Explorers were the source of inspiration behind the Explorer Academy series. Jennifer W. Lopez, a technologist and data scientist, will be at Children's Book World in ... 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 Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert and create your own leaf people with leaves from local trees. Pre-register online. Read More
Morning Melodies Music Class: Shake It Up with Miss Brie
10-11 am
Common Space, 25 Rittenhouse Pl., Ardmore
Join for a fun and spirited music class with Miss Brie! Move to the music and make shaker instruments. Open to all ages and abilities. Read More
Mama & Me Yoga
10:30 am
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
Kids age 4 and under and a caregiver can join for 45 minutes of relaxing yoga with a certified yoga instructor. Space is limited; tickets are handed out beginning at 10 am. 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
Family Stories and Puppet Show: Witch Gets Ready
11-11:35 am
Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media
Enjoy not-so-spooky tales and a puppet show. Best for ages 0-5. Read More
Boo Just For You: A Halloween Celebration for Children with Special Needs
4-6 pm
Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
This sneak preview of Boo at the Zoo events is specially geared for guests with special needs, and their families and caregivers. This is a great opportunity to experience and enjoy Boo at the Zoo in a more relaxed setting, perfect for those with sensory sensitivity. ... Read More
BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita
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
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
Fall Harvest Fest at Plymouth Meeting Mall
5-7 pm
500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
Welcome the fall season with crafts, fun and games, music, balloon twisting, and more all weekend. Read More
Pumpkin Decorating Bounce
6-7:30 pm
BounceU, 130 W. Main St., Collegeville
This special event features a pumpkin decorating session for 30 minutes which follows an hour in two giant bounce stadiums. Admission includes everything needed; each child will receive a small pumpkin and all the decoration needed to personalize their pumpkin to bring home! Pre-register online. 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 cooking fun while you enjoy an adult night out! Read More
Campfire and Storyteller at Harriet Wetherill Park
7-8:30 pm
2642 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting
Bring a blanket (and a flashlight!) and gather 'round the fire and listen to some tales and have some treats. Pre-registration is required. Read More

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