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High Five! Main Line Family-Friendly Weekend Events: January 4–5

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

Looking for more? Here’s what’s going on in Philly!

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Jurassic Quest

January 3—5

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks

America’s largest and most realistic Dinosaur event comes to town. Guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and experience for themselves what it was like to be among dinosaurs of all kinds. In addition to the life-like Dinosaur Exhibits, there are many attractions and activities for all kinds of dinosaur fans, including fossil dig, dinosaur petting zoo, photo ops, and much more. Tickets available online.

Christmas Train Display at Historic Grange Estate

January 4-5, 1-4 pm

143 Myrtle Ave., Havertown

The Grange Mansion is decorated throughout with a themed tree in every room, dressed with nostalgic ornaments, copious greenery and a nod to the mid-century. The Carriage House of the Grange Estate is transformed into the Cobbs Creek Lines Holiday Railroad, a magical land of Lionel and O Gauge trains. Viewers of all ages delight in the immersive, fun-filled and fantastic display of trains. Each year a dedicated group of volunteers assembles to enhance the train display, and each year’s visit brings something new to enjoy!

A Longwood Christmas

November 22—January 5

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

Stroll among a winter wonderland of a half million lights, and see Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden illuminated for the season. Plus, catch holiday concerts, carolers, sing-a-longs, and more throughout the holidays. Timed admission tickets are required.

Little Red Robin Hood: A Musical Panto

November 13—January 5

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

Fairytales collide in this brand new panto — Robin Hood is dead, his merry men are in hiding, and Nottinghamshire is taken over by a greedy villainess. Can a new hero (or heroine) emerge from Sherwood Forest and save the day? This musical mashup is sure to delight all ages through the holidays. Tickets available online.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

November 22—January 5, 6—9 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

Millions of lights illuminate the zoo, including animated installations, interactive elements, and themed attractions. Take a stroll through Snowflake Central, be dazzled by Rainbow Runway, and marvel at the custom decorations in the Wonder Way Christmas Tree exhibit. Tickets are available online.

Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show

November 23—January 5

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley

More than 3 million lights illuminate the farm with fantastic displays. You can drive through in the comfort of your own car, or enjoy the show on an open-air wagon ride. After the show, sit by the bonfire, take in the sounds and sights of the Tree of Hope, and enjoy some s’mores and hot cocoa (available on site at the Farm Market).

Saturday

Sensory-Friendly Train Morning

January 4, 8:30—9:30 am

Brandywine River Museum, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford

Individuals on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorder and their families are invited for after-hours access to the Museum’s Brandywine Railroad, a holiday favorite featuring O-gauge model trains running on nearly 2,000 feet of track. In addition to reduced crowds, there will be quiet areas, noise-canceling headphones and fidgets to borrow, and on-hand support of skilled and friendly volunteers. Free with advanced registration.

Chase Visits Learning Express

January 4, 10:30—11 am

160 Market St., Collegeville

Come see Chase from PAW Patrol! This is a free event and registration is not required.

‘Spirited Away’ at BMFI

January 4, 11 am

Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

This magnificent fantasy from anime master Hayao Miyazaki begins a new year of BMFI’s Family Matinee series. Recommended for ages 9 and up. Tickets available online.

JoJo Siwa Girls’ Day Out

January 4, 12:30 pm

Sweet and Sassy, 250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville

Kids will get a JoJo makeover, and sing and dance to her songs. Online reservations required.

Teen Film Premiere

January 4, 1:30—3:30 pm

Marple Public Library, 2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall

Meet in the library for another Casey Costigan film, Dave Pallen And The Legend of the Three Keys, created by local teens and debuted in the library on the big screen! Ages 12 and up.

Themed Family Swim

January 4, 5:30–7 pm

Kids First Swim School, 2905 Dekalb Pike, East Norriton

Open to the public, swim with your family and come with ideas for future themes!

Sunday

All Ages Canvas: Penguin Wishes

January 5, 11 am

Busy Bees Pottery and Arts Studio, 459 Baltimore Pike, Springfield

Paint a cute wintery penguin canvas at this all-ages family day! Registration required online.

COCOKidsYoga

January 5, noon–1 pm

Haverford CREC, 9000 Parkview Dr., Haverford

Help your kids start 2020 off with all the benefits of yoga. Drop in, or sign up for all eight weeks.

National Skating Month Open House and Exhibition

January 5, 12:45-2:30 pm

Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society, 220 Holland Ave., Ardmore

Watch talented skaters perform before they head to major competitions. Then enjoy public skating. Admission is free!

Princess Meet and Greet at Sweet and Sassy

January 5, 2:45 pm

250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville

Share a magical party with princesses, including spa services, treats, photos, and of course a princess coronation!

Photograph courtesy of Jurassic Quest.

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