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

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Day Out With Thomas

September 15—23

Strasburg Railroad, 301 Gap Road, Ronks


This family-favorite event features a ride with Thomas, offers the opportunity to ride with Percy, and is packed with extra Thomas-related activities like an Imagination Station and storytelling. Families also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt. A must-do for any Thomas fan!

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.

Home School Week at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

September 17—21

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting


Enjoy a reduced admission rate of $10 per person and participate in complimentary LEGO Education Workshops taking place throughout the day! Each day is a different themed workshop. Please provide a valid form of home school documentation or identification to Admissions upon check-in.

Longwood Garden’s Festival of Fountains

Through September 30

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square


The gorgeous display of fountains is back combining lights, technology, and water displays which will excite the whole family.

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.

Carnival For a Cure

September 20—23

Reeves Park, Phoenixville


This carnival includes free stage entertainment, rides, games, vendors, food, and fun in support of the Get Well Gabby Foundation and their mission to help children diagnosed with cancer.


Mommy and Me Spanish

September 17, 9:50 am

Spanish Exploradores, 2200 Grasslyn Ave., Havertown


Play-based Spanish class for kids 9 months – 6 years old. Sing, dance, play games, and craft.

Bilingual Spanish Storytime

September 17, 10—10:45 am

Paoli Library, 18 Darby Road, Paoli


Miss Mercedes from LingoKids will lead the group in stories, songs, and fun in Spanish! For new language learners and native speakers. Ages 0-5, no registration required.

Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians’ Audience Appreciation Day Concert

September 17, 10:30 am

Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Rd., Bala Cynwyd


For the annual Audience Appreciation Day, free, informal small ensemble concerts pop up all over Philly, including one at Bala Cynwyd Library. All ages welcome and no registration necessary.


September 17, 11:15—11:45 am

Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne


Bond with your child through a yoga adventure, doing yoga poses, mindfulness activities, and games. For kids ages 1-4 and their caregivers. Space is limited, call to register: (610) 642-3957.

Teens’ ‘Rick and Morty’ Night

September 17, 6—8 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown


It’s time to get schwifty with science experiments, games, a pickle Rick contest and lots more! Feel free to come in costume! For grades 6-12.


One Day Camp at The Handwork Studio

September 18, 9 am—3 pm (half days and extra care available)

35 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth


If your kids have off from school, they can spend the day learning and creating something new—no sewing experience necessary. For ages 5 and up. Register online.

Tyler Arboretum Homeschool Days

September 18, 10—11:30 am

515 Painter Rd., Media


This month, learn how plants have adapted to different environments, discover plant life cycles and reproductive strategies through flower dissection and explore Tyler’s diverse trees and plants. This monthly program is aligned to PA state educational standards, and best suited for ages 5-12. Pre-register online.

Family Story Time at Longwood Gardens

September 18, 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

September 18, 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).

Back to Homeschool Social

September 18, 1—2 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown


Kids can have fun playing games, while catching up with old friends and meeting some new ones. Parents can share ideas and help each other plan for the school year. Registration is preferred.

Pajama Storytime

September 18, 7—7:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown


Enjoy good night tales with Ms. Danielle before heading to bed. This program is for children of all ages and their caregivers. Dress in your favorite jammies!


One Day Camp at The Handwork Studio

September 19, 9 am—3 pm (half days and extra care available)

35 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth


If your kids have off from school, they can spend the day learning and creating something new—no sewing experience necessary. For ages 5 and up. Register online.

School’s Out Day Camp at Elmwood Park Zoo

September 19, 9 am—4 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Children ages 6-8 and 9-13 can spend their day off exploring and learning all about Elmwood Park Zoo’s animals. Campers will experience educational workshops, animal observations, animal meet and greets, crafts, animal trainings, and more. Pre-register online.

No School, Free Skate!

September 19, 10 am—2 pm

The Skatium, 1002 Darby Road, Havertown


If your kids have off school, come skate! $8 admission includes skate rental and a skate helper (if needed).

Bilingual Storytime and Music Circle

September 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.

Tyler Arboretum Toddlers in Nature

September 19, 10—11 am and 1—2 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media


Toddlers (18 months-3 years) and their caregivers will enjoy a story, exploration, and time in nature. This week, the theme is butterflies. Pre-register online.

Play K Plus!

September 19, 1:30—2:30 pm

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


Children ages 3-5 will practice early literacy skills through themed storytimes, learning centers, and a craft. This week’s theme is: Pets. Please call 610-566-1918 to register.

Kite-Making Workshop

September 19, 2—4 pm

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne


Professional kite-makers from the South Jersey Kite Flyers’ Association will guide participants ages 3 and up in assembling and personalizing their own kite. Register online.

Tyler Arboretum Afterschool Adventures Club (Grades 1 and 2)

September 19, 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 bats. Pre-register online.

Stand Up! Storytime for Social Justice

September 19, 4—5:30 pm

Lansdowne Public Library, 55 S. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne


Celebrate diversity, recognize struggle, and enact change. Kids ages 4-8 will hear stories of unity and solidarity, and discuss just how much can change when a group of people stand together.


Springhouse Storytime: “Makin’ Music”

September 20, 10—11 am

Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd., Glen Mills


These preschool storytimes feature good stories, interactive games, and explorations in nature. Each storytime begins and ends with a hayride to the Springhouse (weather permitting), and covers a different exciting theme!

Dance with Merge Dance Studio

September 20, 10:30—11:15 am

Marple Public Library, 2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall


Join Miss Christa for some music, movement and dance while fostering creativity. Ages 3-6. Registration required.

Jungle Animal Yoga (Ages 4-6)

September 20, 1—2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media


Bring your little one’s favorite soft animal and towel, and join on a hike to the “jungle” for animal yoga. For kids ages 4-6 with a caregiver. Pre-register online.

S.M.Art Kids Club

September 20, 4 pm

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne


This new 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.

The Hamels Foundation’s Top of the Hill

September 20, 5—9 pm

Arasapha Farms, 1835 Middletown Rd., Glen Mills


Cole Hamels’ annual benefit features fun activities including hay rides, inflatables, carnival games, bounce houses, a petting zoo, silent auctions, and live music. Tickets available online.


Roots with Ruark at Lulu’s Casita

September 21, 10—10:30 am

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore


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

Family Stories and Puppet Show

September 21, 11—11:45 am

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


Stories, music, movement, and a brief puppet show. Best for ages 0-5.

BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita

September 21, 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.

Food Truck Craze

September 21, 5—10 pm

Kimberton Park, 2214 Kimberton Rd., Phoenixville


Food Truck Craze is hosting a Date Night Outdoor Movie Night (Top Gun) and Food Truck Friday with pay-as-you-go food trucks at the park.

Bryn Mawr Movies in the Park: ‘Coco’

September 21, dusk

Bryn Mawr Gazebo (behind the library), 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr


Bring a blanket, grab some free popcorn, and settle in for Coco.

Lower Merion Ice Hockey Club Free Skate Night

September 21, 7—8:30 pm

Haverford Skatium, 1002 Darby Rd., Havertown


Kids in grades K-8 can come to a free open skate where prospective players and parents can talk with coaches, team managers, players and other parents about LMIHC.


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