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High Five! Main Line Family-Friendly Weekend Events: March 16–17

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!

All Weekend

King of Prussia Restaurant Week

March 11—17

 

King of Prussia Business District presents the fifth annual King of Prussia Restaurant Week, shining a spotlight on the diverse dining scene and world-class shopping while raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) King of Prussia Specialty Care Center. $10, $15 or $20 for lunch and $20, $30 or $40 for dinner.

‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at SALT Performing Arts

March 14—24

1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs

 

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

March 15—17

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks

 

Find more than 250 top artisans displaying and selling their unique creations, plus interactive demonstrations with master craftspeople, live music, food vendors, and Middle Earth’s costume storytelling to entertain the kids. Tickets available online. Kids 12 and under get in free.

Spring Opening Weekend at Brandywine Zoo

March 16—17, 10 am — 3 pm

1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Welcome spring and leave behind the cold of winter in a fun afternoon of activities and learning stations centered the animals at the zoo.

‘The LEGO Movie’ Days at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

February 15—April 28

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Celebrate the new LEGO Movie 2! Join Emmet and the gang during event weekends with exclusive building activities, character experiences, interactive photo opportunities, and more.

Indoor Mini Golf at Linvilla Orchards

Through March

137 West Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Fore! The Planet’ is a highly interactive and playful museum exhibit created by the Academy of Natural Sciences with 18 holes of golf that each explore a different topic of our natural world.

Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens

January 19—March 24

1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

 

Embrace the warmth of a lush sanctuary filled with thousands of vibrant, artfully presented orchids from around the world.

Saturday

Free Gardening with Children Class at Linvilla Orchards

March 16, 10 am

137 West Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Miss Marcia will be talking about preparing your garden for spring. Children will be planting their own pea plants to take home with them. As always, a craft will be included. Call 610-876-7116 to register.

Family Program: Climate Change

March 16, 10 am—noon

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Learn about the science of global warming and why it should matter to you. Discover what you can do to be a part of the solution. The program includes a walk and an experiment. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Pre-register online.

Chester County Concert Band Kids’ Concert

March 16, 10:30 am

Fugett Middle School, 500 Ellis Lane, West Chester

 

Enjoy the music of Disney, Star Wars, and more in this fun introduction to classical music. After the concert, visit the orchestra pit for an instrument “petting zoo” where kids can see, touch, and even play some of the instruments. This event is geared toward elementary-aged children. Tickets are available at the door on a first come, first served basis. Kids under 12 can attend for free.

Family Contraption Construction

March 16, 10:30—11:30 am

Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

 

The library will provide the cardboard and tape (and Keva Planks); you bring the kids and the creativity! Drop in to build, and take your cardboard creations home.

‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’ at BMFI

March 16, 11 am

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

 

This week’s Saturday Family Matinee highlights eccentric man-child Pee-wee Herman in his feature film debut. Recommended for kids age 7 and up. Before the screening, stop by Ludington Library (just down the block) for some Pee-wee’s Big Adventure-themed activities starting at 10 am.

The Great Narberth Leprechaun Hunt

March 16, 1—4 pm

Begin at Haverford and Forrest avenues in Narberth

 

Kids start by going to the “Blarney” Booth to get a game card with clues and an empty black plastic pot-o’-gold.  They search all through the town, with parents in tow, to find all the hidden leprechauns.  When they find one, they get a chocolate coin to put in their pot.  Once they’ve found all the leprechauns and have all the chocolate coins, the kids return to the tent for their prize!

“Follow Your Dreams” Children’s Gala

March 16, 1—4 pm

Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 North High Street, West Chester

 

The WC Studio Children’s Gala will include performances by the Professional Youth Program, Uptown Singers, West Chester Studio Singers, Broadway Kids Cabaret and Broadway Kiddos. In addition, guests are invited to enjoy a reception and silent auction while their children attend theater games hosted by the studio’s professional theater staff. Tickets available online.

Holy Child Academy presents “Shrek Jr.”

March 16, 1 pm and 7:30 pm

475 Shadeland Avenue, Drexel Hill

 

Come see Shrek come to life on stage! Online ticket sales will end on Thursday, March 14 at noon. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door before each performance. 

Fun with Dr. Seuss

March 16, 1—2 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy., Wynnewood

 

The library will have a special guest coming to the library to read some of Dr. Seuss’ stories, and then play some games. Registration is required in advance.

St. Patrick’s Day Craft and Bingo Party

March 16, 2—4 pm

Belmont Hills Library, 120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd

 

Celebrate with crafts, snacks, and of course bingo (with prizes for all ages!).

Conshohocken Saint Patrick’s Parade

March 16, 2 pm

Fayette Street, Conshohocken

 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this celebration of Irish culture that’s fun for the whole family.

Youth Art Workshop: Dinosaurs

March 16, 2—3 pm

Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Kids ages 6-12 will learn how to draw a dinosaur step-by-step, then decorate it. Register your spot online.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

March 16, 2 pm and 7 pm

Haverford High School Theater, 200 Mill Rd., Havertown

 

Experience the magic of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Haverford High School. The play runs from March 14–16.

Zen of Knitting for High Schoolers

March 16, 2—4 pm

Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli

 

Each participant will create an item to take home. For more information or to register, please contact Linda Hershman: therapy@couplesandfamilywellnesscenter.com

Saturday Family Drop-In at Main Line Art Center

March 16, 2—4 pm

Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Road, Haverford

 

These classes are geared for children (ages 3-10) to attend alongside their guardian. Each class will begin with a tour of Main Line Art Center’s facilities, followed by a story that will relate to a craft. Media will vary weekly, ranging from painting, to mixed media, to printmaking. Register online.

Dart Wars Library Fundraiser

March 16, 5:30—7:30 pm

Easttown Library, 720 First Ave., Berwyn

 

Kids in grades 5-8 can battle with Nerf foam blasters in the library for this unique fundraiser. $20 gets you a ticket, plus dinner and treats. All proceeds benefit the library. Register online.

Kid’s Night Out at Color Me Mine

March 16, 6—8:30 pm

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

 

Drop the kids (age 6 and up) off for a fun night of painting, pizza, and fun while you enjoy an adult night out. Pre-register online to reserve your spot.

Sunday

Purim Carnival at Congregation Beth El – Ner Tamid

March 17, 10:30 am—12:30 pm

715 Paxon Hollow Road, Broomall

 

Fun, fun, and more fun will be had, with 40+ games to try your luck and skill, along with amazing face painting, crafts to bring home, an exciting photo booth, and lots of prizes. The carnival will have games appropriate for kids of all ages, from toddler games to a teen casino!

Purim Carnival at Kaiserman JCC

March 17, 11 am—4 pm

45 Haverford Rd., Wynnewood

 

Come for an all-day celebration for kids ages 2-12 including a costume parade, music, inflatables, games and prizes, crafts, photobooth, storytelling with puppets, face painting, and of course Hamentaschen. There will also be a sensory-friendly room with activities and games available all day. Tickets are $12 per child (kids under 2 and adults get in free).

Kids’ Lucky Shamrock Planting

March 17, 11 am—noon

Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

 

Bring along the little ones to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as they plant a Weck jar of lucky shamrocks to enjoy this spring. Reservations are required.

St. Paddy’s Carnival at Young Sports

March 17, 11:45 am—1 pm

133 Sugartown Rd., Wayne

 

Children will get the chance to participate in several skills activities in the gym and win tickets for their efforts that can be used for prizes, including a St Paddy’s Rubber Duckie! This is for kids ages 3-8, and is a drop-off activity. Sign up in advance online.

‘Alice in Wonderland’ at Media Theatre

March 17, noon

 

Perfect for ages 4 and up, this rollicking, humorous, and musical adventure based on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, includes audience participation, and was written specifically for the Media Theatre stage. Tickets available online.

Paint a Baby Unicorn or Dinosaur

March 17, noon—2 pm

Painting with a Twist, 401 West Chester Pike, Havertown

 

Choose from a baby dinosaur or baby unicorn painting at this “Mommy and Me” PWAT workshop recommended for ages 7 and up. Register your seats online.

Family and Public Skating Sunday

March 17, 1—3 pm

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

 

Public skating Sundays were so popular that they’ve extended them into February and March!

Celtic Concert at Norristown Farm Park

March 17, 2 pm

2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown

 

Enjoy the sounds of the Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. Learn about the history of the Celtic harp and what makes a tune Celtic. For some of the songs, children will be invited to dance and at the end of the concert they can try the harp. Pre-registration required; call 610-270-0215.

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Narberth Online.

 

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

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