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High Five! Main Line Family-Friendly Weekend Events: September 21–22

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

Pumpkinland and Arts & Music Festival at Linvilla Orchards

Through November 10

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Now it’s really fall, because Linvilla has brought out the piles and piles of pumpkins! Plus, enjoy live music and entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, face painting, and more. Plus, this weekend there’s the annual Arts and Music Festival.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Weekends through November 3

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Come in costume and enjoy 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.

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

Through September 28

Footlighters Theater, 58 Main Ave., Berwyn

 

Footlighters Theater presents the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.’ Tickets available online.

‘Mamma Mia’ at Players Club of Swarthmore

Through September 28

614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore

 

This fun musical set to the songs of ABBA hits the stage. Tickets available online.

Fall Harvest Celebration Weekend

September 21—22, noon—5 pm

Highland Orchards, 1000 Marshallton Thorndale Rd., West Chester

 

Pick your own apples or take a hayride around the farm. Plus, shop for locally grown produce, treats, and hand-crafted merchandise.

Day Out With Thomas

September 14—22

Strasburg Railroad, 301 Gap Road, Ronks

 

This family-favorite event features a ride with Thomas, offers the opportunity to ride with Percy, and is packed with extra Thomas-related activities included with your ticket. Reserve your spot online.

Just Between Friends Sale

September 18–22

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks

 

Score new and gently-used children’s and maternity merchandise on the cheap, including clothes, baby gear, toys, and much more! Tickets available online for preview day and first day. After that, no tickets required.

Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series: ‘Peter Pan’

September 20—22

Movie Tavern, 110 Bartlett Avenue, Exton

 

This September, Movie Tavern is showing a different Disney classic each weekend for only $6! This week, it’s Peter Pan!

Saturday

Rosebud Garden Play and Story Hour

September 21, 9–10 am

Kimberton Waldorf Rosebud Garden, 221 Hickory Grove Road, Phoenixville

 

A free play and story experience with KW’s preschool teachers. For children up to age 5 accompanied by an adult. Learn how their play-based curriculum sets the stage for creative and independent thought. Contact Tammi at 610.933.3635 x108 or admissions@kimberton.org to register.

Cal’s Cupcake Challenge

September 21, 10 am—3 pm

Cynwyd Elementary, 101 West Levering Mill Road, Bala Cynwyd

 

The Calliope Joy Foundation hosts its signature event, featuring a day of games, face painting, bounces, crafts, live performances, and of course cupcakes. Sample cupcakes from a dozen top local bakeries, and see the young bakers of the Kids’ Cupcake Bake-Off show off their creations! All proceeds from the event benefit CHOP’s Leukodystrophy Center of Excellence; and music therapy at Abington-Jefferson Health’s Kind Pediatric Hospice. Read all about this delicious event for a good cause in our preview.

Mommy and Me: Wizard Academy

September 21, 10—11 am

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Bring your child (age 3-4) to this magical workshop, where they will create a magical tall wizard hat, create a hand-built wand unique to their personality, and create a small magical collage painting. Pre-register online.

The Berenstain Bears at Gladwyne Library

September 21, 10 am

362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne

 

Meet Brother Bear and Sister Bear, and learn about financial literacy concepts like spending, saving, and earning. Pre-registration required.

EarthEcho Water Challenge

September 21, 10 am—noon

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Led by Laura Guertin, Ph.D., Professor of Earth Sciences at Penn State, participants will explore how to conduct basic monitoring of their local waterbodies. Keep the science going at home with a free basic test kit for each family registered. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Pre-register online.

The Johnny Shortcake Show

September 21, 11 am—12:30 pm

Suburban Square, Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

Gather on the lawn for a free concert by one of our favorite kids’ music acts, The Johnny Shortcake Show! Themed around celebrating silliness, the show features soul music for children, teaches important life lessons, and feels like one big disco party.

Autumn Bounty Festival at Terrain

September 21, 11 am—4 pm

914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

 

Celebrate fall with vendors, pumpkin carving demonstrations, face painting, kids’ crafts, games, and more.

Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day and Food Truck Event

September 21, 11 am—4 pm

Paoli Battlefield Historical Park, First and Wayne Avenues, Malvern

 

See military re-enactors, interact with the soldiers, see the weapons they used, and learn about the clothing and other gear that these soldiers needed to outfit themselves on the battlefield. Live firing exercises will take place throughout the day, as well as many other programs. This all-ages event will also feature a Food Truck Festival.

Touch-A-Truck

September 21, 11 am—2 pm

Miles Park Lower Parking Lot, 374 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill

 

At this free event, families will be able to see and touch their favorite vehicles, jump behind the wheel to get a view from atop the driver’s seat, and learn all about the people and equipment that help build, protect, and serve our community. Food will be available for purchase at the event.

Conshohocken Funfest

September 21, noon—8 pm

Fayette Street from First to Sixth Avenue

 

Enjoy live music, food, vendors, and a two-block children’s area filled with games, inflatables and a touch-a-truck section.

French Hair Braiding at Penn Wynne Library

September 21, noon—1 pm

130 Overbrook Pkwy, Wynnewood

 

Come learn all about how to French braid with your daughter. Bring a hairbrush and hair ties. Call the library or visit to register.

Family Day of Clay: Pumpkin Treat Bowl

September 21, 1—2:30 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

In this spooky workshop, you’ll create a one-of-a-kind pumpkin treat bowl! Pre-register online.

The Amazing Race

September 21, 1—3:30 pm

Harriet Wetherill Park, 2642 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Groups of two (parent and child age 6  or older) race around the park to complete tasks and test their skills. Pre-register to start at 1 pm or 2 pm.

Saturday Family Drop-In at Main Line Art Center

September 21, 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.

Pierogi Fest

September 21, 3—8 pm

Holy Ghost Orthodox Church, 70 Holy Ghost Way, Phoenixville

 

Enjoy food, drinks (including craft beer and other beverages), music, games, and prizes for all ages.

Music of the Mill

September 21, 4—5 pm

Newlin Grist Mill Park, 219 Cheyney Rd., Glen Mills

 

Local musicians perform traditional songs and tunes about mills, millers, and related historic topics that span several centuries. This free program is being held as part of Free Museum Day 2019.

Family Fun: Pizza Night

September 21, 4 pm

Sur la Table, 690 W. DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia

 

Kids 8 and up with a caregiver will practice mixing dough, layer on homemade sauce and toppings, and bake pies to bubbly, cheesy perfection. Plus, make mint chocolate chip ice cream for dessert. Pre-registration is required.

Kids’ Night Out: Veggication Class, Dinner, and a Movie

September 21, 5—8 pm

Kids’ Clubhouse of the Main Line, 150 N. Radnor Chester Rd., Wayne

 

Register your child (ages 4-10) for a night of fun, movies, pizza, and a cooking class where they can learn to make amazing meals and snacks with vegetables! Meanwhile, you enjoy an adult night out. Pre-registration is required, online.

Parents’ Survival Night at The Little Gym

September 21, 6:30—9:30 pm

36 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth

 

Enjoy an adult night out while your children (ages 3-12) get some quality “kid time” in a safe, fun, familiar place with trained instructors who lead them through music, games, and fun LEGO building activities. Register online.

Sunday

Winged Wonders Monarch Butterfly Event

September 22, 10 am

Friends’ Central School, Lower Campus, 228 Old Gulph Road, Wynnewood

 

Butterfly enthusiast Ann Ward offers her unique butterfly program that teaches children about Monarch migration and the wonders of exploration. Best suited for children under 10, but all butterfly enthusiasts welcome. Register online.

Clover Market

September 22, 10 am—4 pm

7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

An outdoor family-friendly market with local makers, antiques, and food. Plus kids’ crafting, face painting, and adoptable pets.

Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: Beatles for Kids

September 22, 11:45 am (doors at 11 am)

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

 

Using the songs from the most iconic musicians in rock history, the Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience (typically kids ages 3-8 years old) games, movement, stories, and of course an opportunity to rock! Tickets available online.

Descendants Event at Sweet and Sassy

September 22, 11:30 am

250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville

 

Get ‘Descendants’ makeovers, sing and dance, and more. You’ll be chillin’ like a villain! Book online.

Narberth Fall Music and Arts Festival

September 22, noon—7 pm

Forrest and Haverford avenues, Narberth

 

Enjoy an afternoon of live music, food and drink, and an artists’ alley full of local handmade shopping. Stage performances start at 3 pm.

Self-Published Sunday

September 22, noon—4 pm

Children’s Book World, 17 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford

 

Stop by to meet self-published local authors who have written children’s books. Come and see what your neighbors have been working on, talk with the authors about their journey of self-publishing, and support their efforts.

Touch a Truck

September 22, noon—3 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy, Wynnewood

 

An afternoon of fun with vehicles, food for purchase, and raffle prizes. Tickets are $5 per kid (or $10 per family). All proceeds will benefit the library.

Hobbit Day at Haverford Township Free Library

September 22, 1—4 pm

1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Celebrate the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins with special crafts and activities.

Open House and Free Class Demos at Young Sports

September 22, 1:30—3 pm

133 Sugartown Rd., Wayne

 

Check out the facilities, meet the coaches, and try a demo class (1:45 pm for ages 2.5-4; 2:30 pm for ages 4-6). Space is limited, so pre-registration is recommended for the demo classes.

Magical Unicorn Event at Sweet and Sassy

September 22, 3 pm

250 Plaza Drive, Providence Town Center, Collegeville

 

Get a unicorn makeover, eat snacks, and end with a Unicoronation! Book online.

 

 

 

Photograph courtesy of  Narberth Online.

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

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