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High Five! Main Line Family-Friendly Weekend Events: October 20–21

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

 

Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend.

All Weekend

Tyler Arboretum Pumpkin Days

October 20—21, 10 am—5 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Make your own scarecrow, take a hayride, jump into inflatable fun, and enjoy activities like crafts, face-painting, pumpkin racing, and more. Special attractions this year include wildlife demonstrations, live entertainment, and education stations.

Boo at the Elmwood Park Zoo

Weekends through October 28, noon — 3 pm
Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Free with regular admission, bring you little ones in costumes and with a treat bag. They will enjoy animal exhibits and find treat stations along the way.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Weekends through October 28

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Come in costume and enjoy three special Halloween-themed shows; soar, swing, fly, and cruise on three Count von Count themed mechanical rides, and see everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume. There will be special Halloween parades (including a special night one on Saturday), trick-or-treating, and more. This repeats every weekend through October, so if you can’t make it, there are more chances!

Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Weekends through October 28

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Brick-or-Treat throughout LEGOLAND as part of their Halloween scavenger hunt, build a LEGO pumpkin for their patch, enjoy themed builds and photo-ops, and more. Costumes encouraged!

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. And while you’re there, enjoy Pumpkinland!

West Chester Railroad’s Great Pumpkin Express

October 20—21, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm

230 E. Market St., West Chester

 

Wear your costumes for a scenic 90-minute journey to Glen Mills and back. Kids will get treats and pumpkins to take home; hot cider and other seasonal food will also be available for purchase in the snack bar aboard the train. Tickets available online.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 

October 20—21, 2 pm

Delaware Children’s Theatre, 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, DE

 

We all know this classic tale, but most kids love repetition so why not see it again? This version comes with a princess parade.

CATS: The Broadway Musical 

October 20, 2 pm and 7 pm; October 21, 2 pm

SALT Performing Arts, 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs

 

While this musical has been around a long time, that isn’t stopping the cast at SALT from putting their own unique spin on it. Join all the cats as they celebrate the Jellicle Ball. Tickets available online.

Fall Harvest Weekends at Highland Orchards

October 20—21

1000 Marshallton Thorndale Rd., West Chester

 

Celebrate the season with apple and pumpkin picking, a selection of fall décor and treats, food trucks, young kids’ activities, Harvest Ridge Winery, and more.

Saturday

Cricket Boo!

October 20, 9:30 am—noon

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Celebrate Halloween Cricket Avenue style with the ultimate children’s Halloween bash! There will be crafts, games, trick-or-treating on Cricket Avenue, live music, storytimes, open play, visits with Elmo and Mickey Mouse, and so much more! To learn more, please contact Lulu’s Casita or pucciManuli.

Pumpkin Festival at East Goshen Park

October 20, 10 am–1 pm

1655 Paoli Pike, West Chester

 

Celebrate the season with free hay rides, free pumpkins, and more! All kids will receive a free pumpkin and can enter the pumpkin drawing contests. Food and beverages will be available to purchase.

Pumpkin Fest

October 20, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Downtown Phoenixville

 

Watch an expert in a live carving demonstration, paint yourself a pumpkin, enter the pumpkin derby, or play some games at the pumpkin carnival.

Treehouse World Fall Festival 

October 20, 10 am – 4 pm

1442 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester

 

Everyone’s favorite thrill-seeking hotspot is hosting a fall festival. Climb in the treehouses, do the zipline, paint a pumpkin, play carnival games, and so much more. If you want to save a few dollars buy the tickets in advance.

Fairy and Butterfly Send-Off Party

October 20, 11 am—1 pm

Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Enjoy a festive send-off with a Mexican flair, to bid farewell to Monarchs and fairies migrating south of the border.

‘The Iron Giant’ at Colonial Theater

October 20, 11:30 am (sensory-friendly screening) and 1:30 pm

227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville

 

The animated classic is back on the big screen for one day. The 11:30 am screening will be sensory friendly, with lights on and relaxed theater rules.

Fall Workshop Day at Wayne Art Center

October 20, 1—3 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

At this annual festive event, children can choose from six craft workshops, or participate in all of them: Silly Painted Pumpkins, Paper Autumn Wreaths, Spooky Luminaries, Haunted Masks, Ghost Garland, and Decorating Autumn Cupcakes ($6 each, or $30 for all six workshops). There will also be free activities for kids of all ages, including caricatures with Mr. Tony, face painting, a photobooth, and a costume contest—the winner receives a free class!

Found Sound with Miss Kristina

October 20, 1—2 pm

Common Space, 25 Rittenhouse Pl., Ardmore

 

Join to design, share in fun, and play in a recycled instrument band.

Battle of the Badges

October 20, 1–4 pm

Wilson Farm Park, 500 Lee Rd., Chesterbrook

 

The officers of the Tredyffrin Township Police Department take on the firefighters of Berwyn Fire Company in a softball game!

Halloween Carnival

October 20, 1—3 pm

The Civic Center of Phoenixville, 123 Main Street, Phoenixville

 

Children 12 and under are invited to enjoy games, a silent auction and a magic show–all in celebration of Halloween.

Saturday Family Drop-In at Main Line Art Center

October 20, 2—4 pm

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.

The Great Pumpkin Carve

October 20, 3—9 pm

Chadds Ford Historical Society, 1736 Creek Rd., Chadds Ford

 

Over 60 carvers, both amateur and professional, will gather to sculpt, saw, and chisel giant pumpkins – some weighing up to 400 pounds – before crowds of enthusiastic onlookers. Tickets available online.

Shiverfest

October 20, 3:30–8 pm

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Rd., Gladwyne

 

Get back to nature this Halloween at the Riverbend Environmental Education Center. Tickets are $20 for the event, and it includes a treat trail and a live reptile show.

The Great Halloween Festival at UMLY

October 20, 4—8 pm

Upper Main Line Branch of the Brandywine YMCA, 1416 Berwyn Paoli Road, Berwyn

 

If you’ve got a mixed-age household this is a good event for you. The little ones can enjoy a treat trail, carnival games, pumpkin painting, and science experiments. The older kids can try the haunted house, or maze and the escape room. There will be plenty of vendors on site selling crafts, too.

Kids’ Night Out at Color Me Mine

October 20, 6—9 pm

109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

 

Plan an adult night and drop the kids off for a night of painting sugar skulls and watching Coco. A pizza dinner will also be provided. Pre-registration is required.

Suburban Square Movie Series: ‘Coco’

October 20, 6: 30 pm

Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

Bring your blankets and gather on the lawn for Coco.

Sunday

BOO for Babies at Chatter Splatter

October 21, 10 am—1 pm

1030 Conshohocken Rd., Conshohocken

 

Bring the kids to Chatter Splatter for a fun, family-friendly, kids’ costume party benefiting CHOP’s NICU. There will be food, drinks, music, face painting, games, and more. Tickets available online.

Family Story and Art at Wayne Art Center (Ages 3-9)

October 21, 10—11 am

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Read Moonlight the Halloween Cat and partake in a fun and unique art project about the book! Pre-register online.

Pumpkin Decorating at Greater Plymouth Community Center

October 21, 1—4:30 pm

2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting

 

Bring your own pumpkins to carve or decorate. GPCC will provide paint and other supplies for decorating, as well as knives and carving kits. Call to register.

Princess and Unicorn Party

October 21, 1:30—2:30 pm

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

 

Celebrate imagination and whimsical fun with stories, dance, and activities that are sure to sparkle. Costumes encouraged. Best for ages 2-7, but all are welcome. Call 610-566-1918 to register.

Upper Merion Halloween Parade and Trunk or Treat

October 21, 2—4 pm

Upper Merion Township Library, 175 W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia

 

Show off your costumes in the Upper Merion Police Association Parade, then enjoy crafts, treats, inflatables, train rides, prizes, and more. Bring a school supply or elementary school age-appropriate book to donate.

 

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

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