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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: September 30–October 6

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‘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.

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 1–10

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

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
School's Out Activity Day at GPCC
9 am-6 pm
Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting
Drop off kids (grades K-8) for a day of crafts, sports, games, and more on their day off of school. Pre-registration required. Read More
Sidewalk Chalk Morning at Jenkins Arboretum
10 am-noon
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon
In this morning of “graffiti with permission” use sidewalk chalk to illustrate a mural throughout the arboretum. Stick around afterward to play in the Children's Garden. Read More
Bollywood Dance
1-2 pm
Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy., Wynnewood
Learn a bit about Indian culture, and then learn some Bollywood dance moves from the Bollywood Community Dance Project. This program is for children age 4 and up and their families. Registration is required-- call the library or stop in. Read More
Treasure Hunt Breakout
2-2:45 pm
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
Kids ages 8-12 will work in groups of 10 using map skills, critical thinking skills, and logic to open a mysterious box. Pre-register online. Read More
Kite-Making Workshop
2-4 pm
Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne
Professional kite-makers from the South Jersey Kite Flyers’ Association will guide participants age 3 and up in assembling and personalizing their own kite. Register online, in-person, or over the phone. Read More
Teen and Tween Unicorn Craft
2-4 pm
Belmont Hills Library, 120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd
Tweens and teens, ease into back-to-school with a fun craft; make a unicorn ornament for your locker. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Online registration required but walk-ins welcome as space and supplies allow. Read More
Braids and (Root)Beer with Dad
5 pm
Sweet & Sassy, 250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville
Enjoy daddy-daughter time with hair care information, a braiding session, nail polish class, and root beer! Book online. Read More

Tuesday

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
Storytime and Craft at Linvilla Orchards
10-11 am
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
Make Fairy Dough at Learning Express
10:30-11 am
Learning Express Toys of Collegeville, 160 Market St., Collegeville
Come make your own fairy dough and take it home. This is a free event for ages 2 and up. Online registration is required. Read More
Phoenixville Harvest Festival Night Market
6-9 pm
The Pointe Riverworks, 45 N. Main Street, Phoenixville
Enjoy great food, entertainment, and vendors. Read More
Author Julia Drake at Children's Book World
7 pm
17 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford
Author Julia Drake visits Children's Book World to launch her YA novel 'The Last True Poets of the Sea.' 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
Dinosaur Day at BounceU
10:30-noon
BounceU, 130 W. Main St., Collegeville
This dino-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 18 months-5 years with a caregiver. 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 spiders, do a spider craft, and go looking for spiders in the arboretum. Pre-register online. Read More
Bilingual Storytime and Music Circle
10-10:30 am
Lulu's Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Weekly mini fiesta and bilingual storytime at Lulu's, included with admission. 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
Toddler Bounce and Playdough Fun
1-2:30 pm
BounceU, 130 W. Main St., Collegeville
Bounce for an hour, then have a drink and snack and some extra playdough time in the Party Room. Pre-registration is recommended. Read More
Creative Movement with Ballet180
4-4:45 pm
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli
Children ages 3-8 will be led through a movement workshop by Ballet180 that will introduce them to ballet vocabulary, movement explorations, choreography, and much more. Pre-register online. Read More

Thursday

Chipmunk Storytime with local author Faith Balsama
10 am
Wolff's Apple House, 81 S. Pennell Rd., Media
Faith Balsama, local author of 'Orange Chipmunks Rock' will visit Wolff's for storytime and a chipmunk craft! 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
Preschool Yoga
11:30 am-noon
Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Ave., Phoenixville
Interactive yoga class for ages 2-5, incorporating music and stretching. Read More
Tyler Arboretum Tiny Trackers
1-2 pm
515 Painter Rd., Media
Become a deer detective searching for signs from scat to tracks. 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
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

Friday

First Notes Toddler Music
10-10:30 am
Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr
In this free class, First Notes of Ardmore will lead little ones in singing, rhythm, movement, and small instruments. Read More
Bilingual Spanish and English Storytime
10:30 am
Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford
Children 5 and under (with a caregiver) can join a fun bilingual Spanish and English storytime. No registration required. The library will hand out free tickets starting 30 minutes before the program begins. Read More
Pumpkin Storytime
11 am-noon
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli
Enjoy stories, songs, and a craft all about pumpkins! Ages 18 months to 5 years. Registration required online. 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
Storytime with Beth Kephart
4:30-5:15 pm
Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne
Hear from author and illustrator husband and wife duo Beth Kephart and William Sulit as they share their new picture book 'Trini’s Big Leap' about a little gymnast who believes she can do anything, until she has trouble building a castle. Afterward, join forces with ... 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
PAW Patrol Pizza Party
5:30-8 pm
Charming Star Playroom, 4627 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square
Charming Star hosts a special pizza BYOB night with Marshall! Pre-register in advance; pizza and drinks included for the whole family with the purchase of tickets. For ages 6 and under. Read More
First Friday: Kickoff to Fire Prevention Week
6-10 pm
Main and Bridge streets, Downtown Phoenixville
Meet your local firefighters, learn family safety tips, see a real firetruck, and meet Sparky the Fire Dog. 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 sports and snacks while you enjoy an adult night out! Read More
'A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity' Launch at Children's Book World
7 pm
17 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford
Author of 'A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity,'  Nicole Valentine, will be in conversation with Laurie Morrison, middle grade author of 'Up for Air' and co-author of 'Every Shiny Thing' Read More
Tyler After Dark Adventures
7-8:30 pm
Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media
Enjoy a special evening at Tyler Arboretum with your family. Join Tyler Educators to explore the woods and meadows to listen and look for nocturnal creatures. Enjoy roasting marshmallows over a campfire for s’mores. Suitable for ages 3 and up. Pre-register online. Read More

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Photograph courtesy of Lulu’s Casita.

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