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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: October 8–14

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Hayrides to the Witches’ House

October 5-30; Sunday to Thursday, 5:30—8 pm; Friday and Saturday, 5:30–8:30 pm

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Geared towards children ten and under, this non-haunted adventure takes you on a 15- to 20-minute hayride to the Witches’ House. Once there, kids and their parents will enjoy a story, listen to jokes, and get a treat to take home. After the hayride, stay for apple cider and s’mores around the campfire.

Linvilla Orchards Pumpkinland

Through November 5

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Celebrate fall with larger than life figures and scarecrows, piles of pumpkins, hayrides, pick-your-own produce, corn and hay bale mazes, and much more.

Pumpkin Playground at Longwood Gardens

Through October 31

1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

 

Visit the Children’s Corner for some hands-on pumpkin fun, and capture a festive fall photo with the largest pumpkin on display, weighing in at more than 700 pounds!

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. It opens Thursday and runs through the end of the year.

Van Gogh Museum Editions Pop-up Tour

Through October 14

Lord and Taylor Court at King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia

 

If you’re at the mall (or need an excuse to go), stop by Lord and Taylor Court to see a display of unparalleled, curator-approved replicas of nine Van Gogh masterpieces– it is even possible to feel Van Gogh’s famous brushstrokes! This pop-up is the first stop on the Van Gogh Museum’s tour, and will be there until October 14.

Monday

Columbus Day Corn Maze at Hurricane Hill Farm

October 8, 10 am—6 pm

704 E. Reeceville Rd., Coatesville

 

Normally just open on weekends, the corn maze will be open on Monday for school’s-out fun.

STEAM at Lulu’s Casita West Chester

October 8, 10 am

109 N. High St., West Chester

 

Open to the first 15 kids (ages 2-5), this parent and me STEAM workshop will let kids experiment, learn, play, or just get messy!

Fire Prevention Week Storytime 

October 8, 10:15—11 am

Haverford Township Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Meet firefighters from the Brookline Fire Company and learn about fire safety. The firefighters will show children their equipment, talk about fire safety, and have fun giveaways.

Teen Art Club

October 8, 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.

Delaware County Symphony Open Rehearsal for Children

October 8, 6—7:15 pm

Meagher Theater, Neumann University, 1 Neumann Dr., Aston

 

First, Jennifer Nicole Campbell will host a 30-minute segment where she will introduce the children to the instruments, conducting, and what to expect. Then, the symphony will have its rehearsal. Attendance is free, but registration is required as space is limited: 610-623-3607.

Colonial Fire Prevention Expo

October 8, 6:30—9:30 pm

Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

It’s Fire Prevention Week, so kick it off with demonstrations of firefighting and rescue skills, educational displays, and more.

Tuesday

Family Story Time at Longwood Gardens

October 9, 10 am and 10:45 am

1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

 

Young guests 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. Story Time is designed for children ages 3–5. In case of inclement weather, meet in the Peirce-du Pont House.

Storytime at Main Point Books

October 9, 10:30 am

116 N. Wayne Avenue, Wayne

 

Radnor Memorial librarians will host a storytime for kids ages 3-5, along with crafts, STEM activities, and music.

Sign Language Storytime at Village Play Space

October 9, 11—11:30 am

4 Midland Avenue, Berwyn

 

Come for a special fall-themed Sign Language storytime. No reservation is required, and admission is included in the normal Play-By-Day rate.

Tyler Arboretum Garden Sprouts

October 9, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Kids ages 4-6 and their favorite adult will learn about gardening, and even try some of their own. Pre-registration is required.

Pajama Storytime at Marple Public Library

October 9, 6 pm

2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall

 

Come in your favorite PJs for stories, songs, and a craft followed by a book trek around the library finding all the books you want to take home.

Wednesday

Bilingual Storytime and Music Circle

October 10, 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.

Little Wonders Nature Class

October 10, 10—11 am or 12:45—1:45 pm

Welkinweir, 1368 Prizer Rd., Pottstown

 

Young children (ages 3-5) can learn about the natural world through themed activities, discovery walks, stories, and art projects. Pre-registration is required at least one day before class. Call 610-469-8646 or email dwhite@greenvalleys.org

Tyler Arborteum’s Little Chefs

October 10, 10—11:30 am or 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

This week, kids will learn to make healthy no-bake granola bars and bliss balls. Thematic content and cooking tasks will be best suited to kids aged 3-6, but all ages are welcome. Pre-registration required online.

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

October 10, 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+)

October 10, 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. At 1 pm, it’s Mixed Media, then at 2 pm, “Art Experiments.”

Teen Read Week: It’s Written in the Stars

October 10, 2:30—4 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Celebrate National Teen Read Week’s “It’s Written in the Stars” theme with an astrology program, and get the basics on the twelve signs of the zodiac. For grades 6-12.

Tyler Arboretum Afterschool Adventures Club (Grades 1 and 2)

October 10, 4—5 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Children will explore the natural world around them, play outside, and discover the many critters that make nature so interesting. This week, kids will go on a constellation exploration and learn about the planets in our solar system. Pre-register online.

Main Line Parent Education Issue Release Party

October 10, 6:30—8 pm

30 Main Bistro, 660 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn

 

Call your babysitter and join us to celebrate the 20th Issue of Main Line Parent magazine! Meet the Family Focus Media team and the organizations we partnered with to make this issue our best yet! The party will feature hors d’oeuvres, dessert and a cash bar.

Thursday

Jenkins Explorers: Thursday Nature Stories

October 11, 10—11 am

Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon

 

Visit the Children’s Garden and enjoy a nature-themed read aloud. After the stories, borrow a Jenkins Explorer Vest and binder of materials to enjoy as you walk along the garden paths. Event is free, but online registration is required. Rain or shine. Appropriate for kids age 3-8, accompanied by an adult.

Children’s Read-Aloud Tour at Brandywine River Museum

October 11, 10:30 am

1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford

 

Young children and their grownups hear a story, interact with art in the museum and make their own creative works. This week, hear Last Stop on Market Street.

Music Monkey Jungle at cBOP

October 11, 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

October 11, 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.

Mommy and Me: Paint me a Story

October 11, 12:30 pm

Color Me Mine, 109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

 

Come in for storytime and a themed art project to go along with the story. Pre-register online.

Free Yoga for Kids

October 11, 4—4:45 pm

Marple Public Library, 2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall

 

Free yoga for kids ages 4-8. Register by phone or in person. Bring your own mat or towel.

S.M.Art Kids Club

October 11, 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.

Drop-In Dodgeball Night for Tweens and Teens at Sky Zone

October 11, 6—8 pm

10 Conchester Rd., Glen Mills

 

Arrive at 5:30 pm. Teams will be formed, dodgeball will be played, swag will be awarded. Access to Main Court, Foam Zone, and Sky Slam is available in between games.

Longwood Gardens Illuminated Fountain Performance: Motown

October 11, 8:15 pm

1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

 

Watch Longwood’s spectacular fountain display, set to the music of Motown. Pre-register for tickets in advance.

Friday

cBOP’s First Birthday

October 12—13, 10 am—6 pm

393 Lancaster Ave., Haverford

 

cBOP is turning one! Celebrate its birthday with treats, kids’ activities, a visit from Gladwyne Montessori, and more surprises.

Hayride and Pumpkin Pick at Harriet Wetherill Park

October 12, 10 am—noon

2639 Narcissa Rd., Plymouth Meeting

 

Join Plymouth Township Parks and Recreation and Maple Acres Farm for a hayride and pumpkin pick. Purchasing a pumpkin is optional.

Roots with Ruark at Lulu’s Casita

October 12, 10—10:30 am

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

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

Chinese Music Time with Pengfei

October 12, 10:30—11:30 am

Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli

 

Pengfei Wang, a professional musician and composer specializing in crossover music genres, will lead a series of interactive music sessions in Chinese for preschool-aged children.

Boo Just For You

October 12, 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. Kids can walk the zoo and participate in treat stations, animal meet-and-greets, and more.

Teens: Written in the Stars 3D Printing

October 12, 4 pm

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne

 

Celebrate Teen Read Week and explore constellations, myths and create a 3D printed constellation of your own.  For grades 6 and up.  Register here.

BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita

October 12, 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.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

October 12, 4—8 pm

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Come in costume and enjoy special extra Friday night hours with everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume, a parade, trick-or-treating, and more.

Pumpkin Decorating Bounce

October 12, 6—7:30 pm

Bounce U, 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.

The Science of Sorcery

October 12, 6—9 pm

Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE

 

Wear your best witch or wizard costume and discover the science behind potions, meet fantastic beasts, test your supernatural skills at a variety of magic-themed games, activities, crafts, and more. Pre-registration.

Seussical: A Musical 

October 12, 7 pm

Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Blvd., Swarthmore

 

All you favorite Dr. Seuss characters come together in one place for this fun and flashy musical geared for kids of all ages.

Campfire and Storyteller

October 12, 7—8:30 pm

Harriet Wetherill Park, 2639 Narcissa Road, Plymouth Meeting

 

Gather ‘round the fire and listen to some tales. Feast on fall favorite treats that are fun for the whole family. Pre-register by October 8.

Mom’s Night Out at Luxey Little Ones

October 12, 7—9 pm

135 East Gay Street, West Chester

 

Luxey Little Ones is a new baby boutique in West Chester and will be closed to the public for a private shopping event for the Main Line Parent Community. Enjoy discounts, treats, giveaways, and more. The first 25 shoppers will receive swag bags!

Weekend Events

Get all our weekend picks in the High Five, here!

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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

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