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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: October 22–28

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Hayrides to the Witches’ House

October 5-30; Sunday to Thursday, 5:30—8 pm; Friday and Saturday, 5:30–8:30 pm

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media


Geared towards children ten and under, this non-haunted adventure takes you on a 15- to 20-minute hayride to the Witches’ House. Once there, kids and their parents will enjoy a story, listen to jokes, and get a treat to take home. After the hayride, stay for apple cider and s’mores around the campfire.

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!

Garden Railway at Longwood Gardens

Through 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.


Music Monkey Jungle at cBOP

October 22, 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.

Picky Eaters S.O.S.

October 22, 10:45 – 11:45 am

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


Join Giant’s Nutritionist, Courtney Schoepe, to learn some tips and ideas to improve the variety of snacks and good foods that your kids will love.

Basic Chinese for Kids

October 22, 2—2:30 pm

Marple Public Library, 2599 Sproul Rd, Broomall


Join Mrs. Wang for an introduction to Chinese language. Learning some basic Chinese vocabulary for colors, shapes, numbers, and more through short stories, songs, and play activities. For ages: 3-6 with a caregiver. No registration required.

Teen Art Club

October 22, 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.


Tyler Arboretum Garden Sprouts

October 23, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media


Kids ages 4-6 and their favorite adult will learn about gardening, and even try some of their own. This week, discover which fruits and veggies are used to dye cloth. Pre-registration is required.


October 23, 4—5 pm

Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne


Bring your own pumpkin to decorate. The library will have everything you need to decorate your pumpkin, plus stencils and supplies to make other decorations. Call to register.

Animal Champions

October 23, 4—4:45 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


Visit with the Center for Aquatic Sciences and meet animals that might not swim the fastest or jump the highest, but still win the gold medal at surviving! For kids in grades K-5. Register here.

College Admissions Timeline

October 23, 7 pm

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne


Take a stroll through the college admissions process and timeline, starting with ninth grade, and all the way through to college acceptance. For grades 6 and up. Register here. 

Pajama Storytime

October 23, 7—7:30 pm

Haverford Township 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.


Mask Making at Common Space

October 24, 9:30—10:30 am

25 Rittenhouse Pl., Ardmore


Come in disguise or ready to create a Halloween mask.

Little Wonders Nature Class

October 24, 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

Bilingual Storytime and Music Circle

October 24, 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 Little Chefs

October 24, 10—11:30 am and 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media


Work together to prepare delicious snacks made with healthy, natural ingredients. Thematic content and cooking tasks will be best suited for ages 3-6, but all ages are welcome. This week, the recipe is apple and squash soup.

$5 Drop-In Art Classes (Ages 4+)

October 24, 1 pm and 2 pm

260 Exton Square Pkwy., Exton


Chester County Art Association hosts $5 drop-ins at its gallery in Exton Square Mall.

Teen Halloween Quizzo

October 24, 2:30—4 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


Play through five rounds of trivia that will test your knowledge of all things creepy, fun, and sweet! Teens can play as individuals or on teams of up to three. Grades 6-12.

Tyler Arboretum Afterschool Adventures Club (Grades 1 and 2)

October 24, 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 the water cycle. Pre-register online.

Halloween Fiesta at Lulu’s Casita West Chester

October 24, 5—7 pm

109 N. High St., West Chester


Before the big West Chester Halloween Parade, come and fiesta with a costume contest, photobooth, treats, and Spooky Bubble Dance Party!

West Chester Halloween Parade

October 24 (rain date October 25), 7 pm

401 East Gay Street, West Chester


This mid-week parade will delight everyone in the family. Arrive early as there will be lots of street closures. Head to one of the many borough garages for easy parking. Candy will not be thrown from the floats, but they’ve set up candy bag stations along the route so kids don’t have to miss out on that element of fun. Please visit one table and take only one bag, as supplies will be limited.

Pajama Movie Night: ‘Hotel Transylvania’

October 24, 6—8 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy., Wynnewood


Get on your PJs and get spooky with Hotel Transylvania. Pre-register online.

Phoenixville Halloween Parade

October 24, 7 pm
Bridge Street, from Taylor Alley to Church Alley, Phoenixville


Calling all lovers of the costume contest! Head into Phoenixville and enter their parade’s contest. Judging begins at 6 pm, and those interested in participating should report to the Civic Center at 123 Main Street.


Dia de los Muertos Mommy and Me

October 25, 10 am—noon

Chester County Art Association, 100 North Bradford Avenue, West Chester


Kids ages 3-5 and their caregivers will create beautiful artwork inspired by the holiday which celebrates family and Mexican traditions! Pre-register online.

Jenkins Explorers: Thursday Nature Stories

October 25, 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. Event is free, but online registration is required. Rain or shine. Appropriate for kids age 3-8, accompanied by an adult.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Play at Common Space

October 25, 10—11 am

25 Rittenhouse Pl., Ardmore


Join to play! All ages and abilities welcome.

Children’s Read-Aloud Tour at Brandywine River Museum

October 25, 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.

Music Monkey Jungle at cBOP

October 25, 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 25, 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. Pre-register online.

Preschool Robotics

October 25, 2—3 pm

Middletown Free Library, 21 North Pennell Road, Media


See a demo of Cubetto, the wooden programmable robot, then split into groups and hop around to different Cubetto story mats and take turns sending Cubetto on journeys or challenges, as well as other STEM activities. Ages 3-6.

S.M.Art Kids Club

October 25, 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.

Create and Take: Halloween Jewelry

October 25, 4:15—5:15 pm

Upper Darby/Sellers Library, 76 S. State Rd., Upper Darby


Open to children in grades 3-5. Register to come and make Halloween jewelry at the library. Registration is necessary; please call the library at 610-789-4440 for more information.

Wayne Trick or Treat

October 25, 5—7 pm



Get those costumes on and come to trick or treat at shops and restaurants all over Wayne. See Facebook event for list of participating businesses.

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

October 25, 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. Ages 8-15.

‘Wizard of Oz’ Themed Illuminated Fountain Performance

October 25, 8:15 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square


Travel with Dorothy from her Kansas home to the world of Oz in this dazzling fountain show featuring well-loved tunes from the classic story The Wizard of Oz. Buy tickets online.


Roots with Ruark at Lulu’s Casita

October 26, 10—10:30 am

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore


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

Pumpkin Carving at Common Space

October 26, 11 am—noon

25 Rittenhouse Pl., Ardmore


Bring your own Pumpkin or come ready to pick. They’ll supply templates and carving materials.

Digger and David Puppet Show: The Big Sleepover

October 26, 11—11:40 am

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


This highly interactive story of friendship, sharing, and personal responsibility was created especially for the 2-to-6-year old crowd.

Superhero Storytime and Training Academy

October 26, 11:45 am—12:30 pm

Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli


Learn to be a superhero! Join Miss Stephanie to read superhero stories and design your own superhero cape. Ages 2 to 5 years. Online registration required.

BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita

October 26, 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.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

October 26, 4—8 pm

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne


Come in costume and enjoy special extra Friday night hours with everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume, a parade, trick-or-treating, and more.

Pizza and Movie Night: ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’

October 26, 5—7:30 pm

Middletown Free Library, 21 North Pennell Road, Media


Eat pizza and watch a movie after-hours at the library. Feel free to bring snacks of your own, too. After the movie, there will be a related craft. Registration required.

Halloween Happy Hour at Village Play Space

October 26, 5—7:15 pm

4 Midland Ave, Berwyn


Bring your little ones in their costumes and enjoy some treats! BYOB and enjoy some adult time while your kids play. Pre-register online.

Pumpkin Party at Charming Star Playroom

October 26, 5—8 pm

4627 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square


Bring your children in their costume for the cutest Halloween party in town, including pizza and drinks for all, games, crafts, pumpkin painting, and decorating your own trick or treat bag. Parents can BYOB. Must register via phone or email.

Halloween Boo Two Story Night

October 26, 6 pm

Wellington Square Book Shop. 549 Wellington Square, Exton


Children five and under are invited to this special events hosted by store owner Mr. Mike and Witch Claire. Children can come in costume to enjoy songs, dancing, cookies, gifts and a special Monster Creation Station. Make sure you purchase your tickets in advance.

Boo Bounce

October 26, 6—8 pm

BounceU, 130 W. Main St., Collegeville


Celebrate Halloween at BounceU in a safe, indoor, exciting environment that’s perfect for kids of all ages: decorations, games, and enough surprises to make sure it’s a real scream! Pre-register online.

CATS: The Broadway Musical 

October 26, 7—9 pm

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.

Peter and the Starcatcher

October 26, 7:30 pm

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.


October 26, 7:30—9:30 pm

Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting


The entire aquatics center is transformed into an eerie water playground with music by DJ Light & Sound. The lights are low, creepy creatures will be wandering, and there will be glow necklaces for all. The event ends with a huge candy scramble – where bags of candy will be thrown into the pool for the children to gather up and take home.

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Photograph by Lori Robbins.

Contributing Writer