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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: February 17–23

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Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza

January 18—March 22

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

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

Indoor Mini Golf at Linvilla Orchards

January 11–March 29

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 explores a different topic of our natural world.

Happy Place

Through February 29

King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia

 

Step into a mind-bending, colorful, larger-than-life and interactive 15,000 square foot pop-up installation in the King of Prussia Mall. Tickets available online.

Monday

Day-Off Camps

If your kids have off for Presidents Day but you don’t, never fear– we have a lineup of options for you!

Washington’s Birthday Party

February 17, 10 am–1 pm

Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia

 

Bring the kids and join Mrs. Washington, members of the Continental Army, and others to celebrate His Excellency’s 288th birthday. Join the Continental Army, take photos with historical reenactors, make birthday cards, eat cupcakes, and more!

Cooking Workshops at HomeCooked

February 17, 10 am–1 pm or 2–5 pm
1 Paoli Plaza, Paoli

 

Kids will make a snack, a dinner entrée that serves 5, and a festive dessert! HomeCooked will supply ingredients for everyone to make Mini Taco Sliders (vegetarian or beef) plus a side and a cherry dessert to bring home for your family dinner. For ages 6.5 — 11. Pre-registration required.

STEAM Class at Lulu’s Casita

February 17, 10:30 am

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Deep sensory exploration and unique process-based projects begin January 27 at Lulu’s Casita and runs through March 2. $30 includes full-day admission to the play space, storytime, and a snack. Recommended for ages 2-6. Register online.

Make-It, Take-It Craft at Monkey Fish Toys

February 17, 10:30 am–2:30 pm

662 Downingtown Pike, West Chester

 

Drop in on your day off and do a fun craft for $5.

OrKID Day

February 17, 11 am — 2 pm
Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

Part of their ongoing Orchid Extravaganza, Longwood Gardens invites families for art activities, storytelling, and more; and to discover the colors, patterns, and beauty of orchids.

Clay Accessory Workshop

February 17, 1–2:30 pm

Christine Shirley Workshop, 104 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

 

Students will learn how to work with polymer clay to create their own hair accessories. Different techniques will be taught by ceramic designer Abigail Severino. Ages 9 and up welcome. Pre-register online.

Teen Volunteer Hour at Paoli Library

February 17, 5–6 pm

18 Darby Rd., Paoli

 

On their day off, teens can adopt a shelf or two at the library to clean up. For grades 6 to 12. No registration required.

Tuesday

Storytime and Craft at Linvilla Orchards

February 18, 10 am

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Every Tuesday, Miss Marcia reads an entertaining story featuring gardens, farming, animals, and nature; and children can also create a special craft each week. Free, no registration required.

Beyblades Club at Monkey Fish Toys

February 18, 5-6 pm

510 Simpson Dr., Chester Springs

 

Come in to learn, play, and battle – just have fun! Plus all Beyblade will be 10% off during the Club time!

Pajama Storytime

February 18, 7—7:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Get in your PJs, bring a stuffy, and enjoy good night tales with Ms. Danielle before heading to bed.  This program is for children of all ages and their caregivers.

Meet the Author: Courtney B. Dunlap

February 18, 7—8 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Local author and illustrator Courtney B. Dunlap will be at the libary to read her book, The Rumble Hunters. Hear her read the book and get your copy of the book signed!

Wednesday

Tyler Arboretum Toddlers in Nature

February 19, 9:30—10:30 am

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Toddlers (ages 18 months to 3 years) will explore the senses of taste and smell. Pre-register online.

Bilingual Storytime and Music Circle

February 19, 10—10:30 am

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Come for a mini fiesta and bilingual storytime, then stay and play at Lulu’s.

Preschool Explorers: Dental Health

February 19, 1:30—2:15 pm

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

 

Stories and activities geared for ages 3-5. Doc Bresler’s Cavity Busters will visit to talk about dental health with kids.

‘I’m Gonna Push Through!’ Author Jasmyn Wright at Children’s Book World

February 19, 4:30 pm

17 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford

 

Based on the Push Through movement that inspires kids worldwide, this is an empowering, energetic, and all-inclusive picture book that celebrates resilience in the face of adversity.

Build a Snowman

February 19, 5:15 pm

Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford

 

Kids ages 7-12 can make their own snow and then work in teams to see who can build the tallest snowman! Pre-register online.

PAWS for Reading

February 19, 6:30 pm

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

 

Kids (ages 5 and up) can build confidence by sharing a story with a specially-trained therapy dog! Call 610-566-1918 to reserve a 10-minute slot.

Thursday

Homeschool Workshop at Elmwood Park Zoo: What’s Bugging You? (Ages 5-8)

February 20, 10 am—noon

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Join Elmwood Park Zoo for a program full of STEM-based learning and discovery designed specifically for homeschool and cyber school students ages 5-8.  This workshop will include up-close encounters with an invertebrate, as well as some animals that might like to eat some invertebrates as a snack! Pre-registration is required.

Kindness Storytime at Wolff’s Apple House

February 20, 10 am

81 S. Pennell Rd., Media

 

It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week, so celebrate with a special storytime at Wolff’s, and stay after to play.

Children’s Read-Aloud Tour at Brandywine River Museum

February 20, 10:30 am

1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford

 

Young children and their grownups hear a story, interact with art in the museum and make their own creative works.

Tyler Arboretum Tiny Trackers: Winter Scavenger Hunt

February 20, 1—2 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Kids ages 4-6 will look for outdoor treasures such as nests, seeds, animal signs and pops of color that will brighten up this season. Pre-register online.

KinderSTEM

February 20, 1:30—2:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Drop in for playful activities that will introduce science, technology, engineering, and math to your preschooler.

Sewing: Back to Basics

February 20, 4:30—5:30 pm

Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford

 

Join the maker revolution and get back to basics with this hand sewing workshop. Children ages 8-12 are invited to learn the basics. Online registration required.

Friday

Homeschool Workshop at Elmwood Park Zoo: Endangered Species (Ages 9-12)

February 21, 10 am—noon

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Join Elmwood Park Zoo for a program full of STEM-based learning and discovery designed specifically for homeschool and cyber school students ages 9-12. Learn easy ways to help animals that are in danger of becoming extinct and learn more about some of the animal groups being affected the most by changes in the environment. Pre-registration is required.

Pop Up Storytime at New Avenue Cafe

February 21, 10 am

4 East Eagle Road, Havertown

 

Share books, songs, and rhymes at a free pop-up storytime by Haverford Township Free Library.

Roots with Ruark at Lulu’s Casita

February 21, 10—10:30 am

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Come for a weekly music circle for little ones, then stay and play!

Morning Melodies Music Class with Miss Brie

February 21, 10—11 am

Common Space, 25 Rittenhouse Pl., Ardmore

 

Join for a fun and spirited music class focused on creativity, music patterns, and self-regulation. Open to all ages and abilities.

Dance Me a Story

February 21, 10:30 am

Middletown Free Library, 21 N. Pennell Rd., Media

 

This class, taught by dance teacher Ms. Lisa Oster, features a story with movement and accompanying music. For ages 2-5 years old with a caregiver. Pre-register online.

Meet the Cast of ‘High School Musical Jr.’

February 21, 1:30—2 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Meet the cast of Haverford Middle School‘s production of High School Musical, hear selections from the show, and be entered to win a family pack of tickets.

Teen Gaming Club

February 21, 2:30—4:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Relax and play a game! A PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and various consoles are available for use. Feel free to bring your own portable device or game too. For Grades 6-12.

Teen and Tween DIY Hair Scrunchie Workshop

February 21, 3–4:30 pm

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

 

The library will provide fabric, elastic, needles, thread, and inspiration – kids will provide the finger power to make a cool ponytail holder.

BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita

February 21, 4—7:30 pm

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Lulu’s is open until 7:30 pm for more fun, BYOB, and pizza starting at 4 pm. Parents can relax with some adult beverages while kids tire themselves out before bedtime.

Full STEAM Ahead

February 21, 4:45 pm

Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford

 

An afternoon of making, tinkering, and discovering using the principles of STEAM for kids ages 7-12. Online pre-registration required.

‘Footloose’ the Musical

February 21, 7 pm

SALT Performing Arts, 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs

 

One of the most explosive movie musicals bursts onto SALT’s stage! Tickets available online.

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