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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: October 1–7

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Linvilla Orchards Pumpkinland

Through November 5

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media


Celebrate fall with larger than life figures and scarecrows, piles of pumpkins, hayrides, pick-your-own produce, corn and hay bale mazes, and much more.

Pumpkin Playground at Longwood Gardens

Through October 31

1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square


Visit the Children’s Corner for some hands-on pumpkin fun, and capture a festive fall photo with the largest pumpkin on display, weighing in at more than 700 pounds!

Van Gogh Museum Editions Pop-up Tour

Through October 14

Lord and Taylor Court at King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia


If you’re at the mall (or need an excuse to go), stop by Lord and Taylor Court to see a display of unparalleled, curator-approved replicas of nine Van Gogh masterpieces– it is even possible to feel Van Gogh’s famous brushstrokes! This pop-up is the first stop on the Van Gogh Museum’s tour, and will be there until October 14.


Bilingual Spanish Storytime

October 1, 10—10:45 am

Paoli Library, 18 Darby Road, Paoli


Join Miss Mercedes from LingoKids for stories, songs, and fun in Spanish! For new language learners and native speakers, ages 0-5. No registration required.

Music Monkey Jungle at cBOP

October 1, 10:30—11 am

393 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford


Kids age 4 and under love Music Monkey Jungle’s interactive singalongs– in fact, they loved it so much, MMJ added a second day at cBOP each week, in addition to their Thursday classes. $12; babies under 6 months old are free.

Teen Art Club

October 1, 2:30—4 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown


Middle school and high school aged patrons can have fun while hanging out and exploring artistic mediums.

For Parents: From Avoidance to Panic: Recognizing Anxiety and Giving Your Kids Better Tools to Manage It

October 1, 7–9 pm

Haverford Middle School, 1701 Darby Rd., Havertown


An honest and practical panel discussion about children and anxiety, featuring experts who will answer your questions, offer suggestions, and share tools and helpful resources. This program is for parents, teachers and other caregivers that work with children who may be struggling with anxiety. To register, go to www.haverfordadultschool.org or at Haverford Township Free Library.


Family Story Time at Longwood Gardens

October 2, 10 am and 10:45 am

1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square


Young guests can enjoy nature-based stories in Lookout Loft Treehouse amid the beauty of the surrounding forest. Storytelling, songs, and puppets encourage children to discover the joys of nature, language, and literature. Story Time is designed for children ages 3–5. In case of inclement weather, meet in the Peirce-du Pont House.

Toddler Tuesdays at Color Me Mine

October 2, 11 am—8 pm

109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne


Kids under age 4 can come for a $1 sitting fee on Tuesdays (price of pottery not included).

Bedtime Math Bingo

October 2, 4—5 pm

Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne


Learn something new and have fun playing bingo with Bedtime Math questions. Winners receive a free book. For ages 6 and up; families welcome. Space is limited to 20 people, so call (610) 642-3957 to register.

Pajama Storytime

October 2, 7—7:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown


Come in your favorite PJs and enjoy good night tales with Ms. Danielle before heading to bed. This program is for children of all ages and their caregivers.


Bilingual Storytime and Music Circle

October 3, 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.

Tyler Arboretum Toddlers in Nature

October 3, 10—11 am or 1—2 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media


Many of our summer birds are leaving us now. Toddlers (ages 18 months-3 years) will find out why, and where they are headed, then use binoculars to look for them. Pre-register online.

Little Wonders Nature Class

October 3, 10—11 am or 12:45—1:45 pm

Welkinweir, 1368 Prizer Rd., Pottstown


Young children (ages 3-5) can learn about the natural world through themed activities, discovery walks, stories, and art projects. Pre-registration is required at least one day before class. Call 610-469-8646 or email dwhite@greenvalleys.org

Plymouth Meeting Mall Kid Crew

October 3, 11 am—noon

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting


Come for free storytime with Classroom Adventure Stories. This month, kids will enjoy A Not-So-Scary Halloween Story, and then do a craft.

Preschool Watercolor Art

October 3, 1:30—2:15 pm

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


Kids ages 3-5 will have storytime, art time, and socialization.

Tyler Arboretum Afterschool Adventures Club (Grades 1 and 2)

October 3, 4—5 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media


Children will explore the natural world around them, play outside, and discover the many critters that make nature so interesting. This week, kids will learn about seeds and plants. Pre-register online.

Out @ the Library

October 3, 6—8 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown


A place for LGBTQ teens (grades 6-12) to engage and empower through art, writing, discussion, and more.


Garden Railway Opens at Longwood Gardens

October 4—January 6, 2019

1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square


Find this yearly favorite right near the restaurant at Longwood—it includes almost 400 feet of track, and beautiful models of favorite Longwood buildings constructed from natural materials. It opens Thursday and runs through the end of the year.

Jenkins Explorers: Thursday Nature Stories

October 4, 10—11 am

Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon


Visit the Children’s Garden and enjoy a nature-themed read aloud. After the stories, borrow a Jenkins Explorer Vest and binder of materials to enjoy as you walk along the garden paths. Appropriate for kids age 3-8 accompanied by an adult. Free, but pre-registration required. Rain or shine event.

Children’s Read-Aloud Tour at Brandywine River Museum

October 4, 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. This week, hear One by Kathryn Otoshi.

Music Monkey Jungle at cBOP

October 4, 10:30—11 am

393 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford


Kids age 4 and under will love MMJ’s weekly singalong. $12; babies under 6 months old are free.

Mommy and Me: Paint me a Story

October 4, 12:30 pm

Color Me Mine, 109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne


Come in for storytime and a themed art project to go along with the story. This week: Hand Print Plates for Halloween! Pre-register online.

Tyler Arboretum Tiny Trackers

October 4, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media


Kids ages 4-6 (with a caregiver) will play in the leaves, and collect some to compare and use for a special craft. Pre-register online.

S.M.Art Kids Club

October 4, 4 pm

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne


This weekly after-school club for kids in grades 1-5 will explore a different STEM topic each month through books, experiments, crafts, and hands-on fun. Read a book, make an inspiring mess, and learn something new! No registration required.

Franny K. Stein’s Mad Lab

October 4, 4—4:45 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown


Kids in grades K-5 can drop in with their grownup and discover their inner mad scientist. Warning: this may get messy!

Drop-In Dodgeball Night for Tweens and Teens at Sky Zone

October 4, 6—8 pm

10 Conchester Rd., Glen Mills


Arrive at 5:30 pm. Teams will be formed, dodgeball will be played, swag will be awarded. Access to Main Court, Foam Zone, and Sky Slam is available in between games.

Longwood Gardens Illuminated Fountain Performance: The Beatles

October 4, 8:15 pm

1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square


Watch Longwood’s spectacular fountain display, set to the music of The Beatles! Pre-register for tickets in advance.


Roots with Ruark at Lulu’s Casita

October 5, 10—10:30 am

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore


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

First Friday Craft at Ludington Library

October 5, 10—11 am

5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr


Kids of all ages can create artwork and listen to music.

Play K: Kindergarten Readiness

October 5, 11 am—noon

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


Kids ages 3-5 can practice kindergarten skills by listening to a story and playing in learning centers provided by the Commonwealth.

BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita

October 5, 4—7:30pm

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.

Fire Prevention Week Kickoff 

October 5, 6—10 pm

Parking lot at Main and Bridge Streets, Phoenixville


Meet your local firefighters, look at the equipment they use, sit inside firetrucks, learn about fire safety, and more.

Parents Night Out at Bounce U

October 5, 6–9 pm

130 W. Main St., Suite 101C, Collegeville


Drop your kids off at Bounce U and go for a date night! Parents Night Out is for kids ages 3-11 and includes pizza, drink, craft, games and bouncing. Space is limited. Reservations are required.

Community Yoga at Friendship Park

October 5, 5:30—6:30 pm

107 Bearhill Road, Paoli


This gentle yoga class is appropriate for a beginner, or a seasoned yogi, who wants to ease into the weekend. All ages and abilities can drop in for $15. Bring your own mat.

‘Misfits’ Release Party at Children’s Book World

October 5, 7 pm

17 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford


Celebrate the release of Misfits, Jen Calonita’s new book, in a brand new series that follows her award-winning series, Fairy Tale Reform School. There will be magical games, Enchantasia quizzes, create your own wands, and more. Fairy Tale Reform School costumes are encouraged!

Seussical: A Musical 

October 5, 7 pm

Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview 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.

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Photograph courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.


Contributing Writer