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Seasonal Art and Theater Events, Fall 2018

Put down your devices and pick up your Playbills. Here’s a list of engaging shows, classic movies and a sprinkling of museum exhibits you can enjoy as a family this fall season.

Exposing your children to live theater shows doesn’t have to cost you hundreds of dollars. The Main Line is bursting with small theaters putting on family-friendly performances this fall. There are also several museum activities that introduce kids to art in a way that will leave them wanting more. Start small, pick just one thing, and watch how exposing your child to the arts can enhance their thinking and their view of the world around them.

Seussical: A Musical 

October 5 – October 14

Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fariview Blvd., Swarthmore


All you favorite Dr. Seuss characters come together in one place for this fun and flashy musical geared for kids of all ages.


Sweeney Todd 

October 5 – October 21

Steelriver Playhouse, 245 E. High Street, Pottstown


Due to the length and content, this show is best suited for families with teenagers. Join the lead character Sweeney Todd as he works with his landlady, Mrs. Lovett, to seek revenge on the judge he thinks falsely convicted him, and in turn ruined his life.


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 

October 6 – October 28

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.


Express Yourself 

October 7, 11 am – 2 pm

Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford


Expert art teachers will lead your child through a project to help them understand how art can be used to express emotions. At 11:30 am the Academy of International Ballet will hold a performance that includes an excerpt from The Nutcracker.


CATS: The Broadway Musica

October 19 – November 4

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.


Young Audience Series

October 20 – December 29

The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville


This beautiful old theater plays host to kid-friendly classic movies. From The Goonies, to a tribute film to Laurel and Hardy, and of course Back to the Future, everyone in your family will find a show to love.


Peter and the Starcatcher 

October 26 – October 27

Great Valley High School, 225 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern


Known for its humor and magic, this show reveals the origins of Peter Pan. Molly and several orphan stowaways find themselves on an adventure to protect a magical celestial substance from getting into the wrong hands.


Glow-in-the-Dark Scavenger Hunt 

October 27 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media


Come dressed in a glow-in-the-dark outfit and take part in this unusual scavenger hunt throughout the gardens.


Pirate Adventure Day 

November 4, 10 am – 1 pm

Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford


With pirate-themed crafts, an art treasure hunt, and a live performance of Storytime Peter Pan by the Hedgrow Theatre, this is one you don’t want to miss.


Cinderella: A Musical Panto 

November 14 – January 6

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern


Cinderella meets the roaring 20s in this lively musical panto and shows the audience princess are not, in fact, helpless.


Disney Newsies: Broadway’s Smash Hit Musical 

November 30 – December 16

SALT Performing Arts, 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs


Follow Jack Kelly, the leader of a band of newsies, as he battles rising newspaper distribution prices in New York City. If you purchase tickets for the Saturday matinee you can have a boxed lunch delivered right to the theater.


Looking for more? Here’s what’s playing in Philly this fall!


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