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High Five! Main Line Family-Friendly Weekend Events: September 28–29

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

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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!

Pumpkinland and Haunted Gardens at Colonial Gardens

September 28—October 31

745 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville

 

Enjoy family-friendly fall fun through October. Activities include hayrides, corn maze, and a Halloween funhouse. Plus, Pumpkinland—a Halloween display of colorful cartoon characters, scarecrows, hay hutch, and over ten tons of pumpkins—is always a hit!

Greek Food Festival

September 26—29

St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Media, 30 E. Forge Rd., Media

 

This annual Greek festival includes authentic Greek dishes and pastries along with Greek dancing, live music, children’s activities, and more.

Harvest Fest at Elmwood Park Zoo

Weekends through November 17, noon–4 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Weekends this fall, come to Elmwood Park Zoo to participate in themed activities, navigate your way through a corn maze, play carnival-style games, paint a pumpkin, and enjoy live entertainment. This Sunday at 1 pm, Lolly and Yoyo will be performing!

Pumpkinland 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.

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.

Fall Harvest Celebration Weekend

September 28—29, 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.

Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series: ‘The Little Mermaid’

September 27—29

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 The Little Mermaid!

Family Camp-out at Riverbend

September 28, 6 pm—September 29, 9 am

1950 Spring Mill Rd., Gladwyne

 

Riverbend staff will help you set up your tent, build the campfire, provide the food, and lead a nighttime program for the whole family. Pre-register online.

Saturday

Harriton Farmstead Fair

September 28, 10 am – 4 pm

500 Harriton Road, Bryn Mawr

 

This major event in Lower Merion Township features crafts, antiques, sheep herding, pony rides, historic house tours, children’s games, muskets and soldiers, blacksmiths, stone carvers, cabinetmakers, spinners, skep [beehive] weavers, Bluegrass music, falconry and other birds of prey, and much more.  The Fair also features the Harriton Attic Treasures Booth, which is the best flea market on the Main Line, the Harriton Farm stand featuring flowers and organic produce (some of which is from the Harriton garden). All of these activities and your contributions help to assure Harriton’s continued operation as an historic site.

‘May the Forks Be With You’ Breakfast

September 28, 10—11:30 am

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character, and enjoy a buffet breakfast with Star Wars character (and animal) meet-and-greets! Space is limited; pre-register online.

Media Open Streets

September 28, 10 am—3 pm

Jackson St. from Fifth St. to Third St, Third St. from Jackson to West St., down West to State St., and down State to Glen Providence Park; Media

 

Come and experience the fun of strolling or biking the streets of Media without cars—it’s healthy fun for the whole family! There will also be vendor and information tables, food trucks, fun activities, and music along the way, at Borough Hall, and at Glen Providence Park.

Descendants Event at Sweet and Sassy

September 28, 10:30 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.

Arting Together: A Creative Pop Up

September 28, 11 am—4 pm

Upper Darby Art Gallery, 26 Park Avenue, Upper Darby

 

Artists will work and play together to create and complete a unique collaborative artwork, and create community for the day. Materials provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorites. Snacks and drinks provided. Kids are welcome to come and add to the “You in Your Community” Interactive Art Display.

Delaware County Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo at Marple Library

September 28, 11 am—noon

2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall

 

Seven classically trained musicians will explain and demonstrate to the children how their specific instruments individually sound and are uniquely used in classical music to make a full symphonic sound. The program will conclude with an ensemble performance so the children may hear the sounds of the instruments performing together. The program is free and open to the public.

Paoli Blues Fest

September 28, 11 am – 6 pm

Paoli Presyberian Church, 225 South Valley Road, Paoli

 

The blues fest comes to Paoli each fall to entertain us with the incredible blues musicians from our community. Come in your dancing shoes to dance the afternoon away. Plus, enjoy some great food and browse the many local vendors.

JoJo Siwa Girls’ Day Out

September 28, 12:15 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.

Free Performance by Academy of International Ballet

September 28, 1—2 pm

75 West Baltimore Pike, Media

 

Dancers with the Academy of International Ballet (AIB) will perform in colorful classical and romantic ballet costumes excerpts from ballet favorites that will delight children and families.

Upper Darby International Festival

September 28, 1—7 pm

69th and Market streets, Upper Darby

 

Celebrating the more than 80 countries represented in Upper Darby Township, the International Festival features live music on two stages, international food, crafts and demonstrations, children’s activities, a parade of flags, and fun for all.

Author Event: Amy Ignatow at Children’s Book World

September 28, 1 pm

17 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford

 

Amy Ignatow is back with her new book, The Cutest Thing Ever, and will do a special reading at Children’s Book World.

Children’s Workshop: Family Jewelry Day

September 28, 1 – 3pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Together, learn how to create a twisted wire cuff bracelet and a matching ring with mixed metals such as brass and copper. You will learn the basics of soldering, filing and sanding, as well as techniques like forming, polishing and finishing jewelry. Pre-register online. For ages 8 and up.

Crazy Aaron Visits Learning Express

September 28, 1—2 pm

Learning Express Toys of Collegeville, 160 Market St., Collegeville

 

The creator of Thinking Putty will visit Learning Express to demo new putty, autograph your tins and snap a few selfies!

Curious George Party

September 28, 2—3 pm

Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Come to the library for Curious George books, games, activities and fun. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

Family Movie Day: ‘Aladdin’

September 28, 2 pm

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

 

Come watch the live-action version of Aladdin! Snacks and drinks will be provided. All ages welcome; children under 12 must be accompanied by a caregiver 17 or over for the duration of the event.

Ardmore Oktoberfest

September 28, 2 – 8 pm

Schauffele Plaza, Ardmore

 

This family-friendly festival celebrates the great food and beer of Germany and the gorgeous fall season. Downtown Ardmore will come alive with traditional German fare, brews, and entertainment for the whole family! This year’s event will also feature a VIP Beer Garden (Limited VIP tickets are available and must be purchased HERE prior to the event. Ticket holders must show ID and bring their ticket to be admitted.)

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

September 28, 2 pm

Footlighters Theater, 58 Main Ave., Berwyn

 

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

Saturday Family Drop-In at Main Line Art Center

September 28, 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.

Free Rhythm Babies Class

September 28, 3—3:45 pm

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne

 

An early childhood music class that provides an educational bonding experience for children ages 4 months to 2 years and their caregivers. Space is limited; pre-register online.

Teen Open Mic

September 28, 3—5 pm

The Kelly Center, 4 East Eagle Road, Havertown

 

Open Mic for performers age 19 and under. Singers, poets, comedians welcome. To perform, apply online.

Figure Skating Exhibition

September 28, 5:15—6:15 pm

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

 

Watch skaters from the Philadelphia Skating Club in Ardmore perform before they head to regional and sectional competitions. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’

September 28, 6:30 pm

Suburban Square, Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

Muggles, gather in the courtyard for a fun, free outdoor movie night!

‘Mamma Mia’ at Players Club of Swarthmore

September 28, 8 pm

614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore

 

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

Fireworks & Fountains at Longwood Gardens

September 28, 8:15 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

 

A dazzling show set to music from the Queens of Soul! Bring your own chairs; blankets not permitted. Tickets required for this event.

Sunday

Fall Foliage Express at West Chester Railroad

September 29, noon and 2 pm
230 E Market St., West Chester

 

Climb aboard the West Chester Railroad chain for the Fall Foliage Express and enjoy a 90-minute ride along the picturesque Chester Creek Valley. You can order lunch to enjoy ahead of time online! Sit back and enjoy the ride with the family. Don’t forget your camera! 

Toy Story 4 Craft: Forky

September 29, 10:30 am

Learning Express Toys of Collegeville, 160 Market St., Collegeville

 

Make your own Forky! This is a free event, but online registration is required. For ages 3 and up.

Westtown Day

September 29, 11 am—3 pm

Oakbourne Mansion and Park, 1014 S. Concord Rd., West Chester

 

The historic Oakbourne Mansion and grounds will feature live bands, carnival games, pony rides, petting zoo animals, food trucks, Civil and Revolutionary War reenactors, pumpkin decorating, local schools, vendors and organizations. Get a tour of the mansion and grounds. Have your kids “dig” for local archaeological artifacts. Buy from local farms and businesses, shop from talented artisans, woodworkers and potters. There’s something for everyone of all ages.

Family Program: Creepy Crawlers Hunt

September 29, 1 – 2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Kids and adults become apprentice entomologists for a day! This is a fun, interactive ‘catch and release’ adventure. Nets and bug boxes will be provided. Suitable for ages 3 and up. Pre-register online.

Teen Workshop: Printmaking

September 29, 1 – 3 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Teens can try their hand at carving a linoleum block, and transfer their design to create a set of simple graphic notecards. Pre-register online.

 

Photograph courtesy of LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

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