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High Five! Main Line Family-Friendly Weekend Events: May 18–19

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

Looking for more? Here’s what’s going on in Philly!

All Weekend

Big Apple Circus

May 18—June 16

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks


The Big Apple Circus brings together the most acclaimed circus acts from all over the world, all in one magical and intimate one-ring big top tent in Oaks! Tickets available online.

Elmo’s Music Weekend

May 18—19

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne


Rock out to your favorite Sesame Street songs, plus enjoy concerts with Choo-Choo Soul all weekend!

Upper Darby Greek Festival

May 16—19

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 229 Powell Ln., Upper Darby


Enjoy Greek music, food, dance, and more.

Brandywine Ballet presents ‘Cinderella’

May 17—19

Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S. High St., West Chester


Join Cinderella as she dances with dragonflies through magical gardens, serves her ugly stepsisters, and falls in love with Prince Charming at the ball. This premiere featuring new choreography, costumes, and sets will delight and enchant the entire family. Tickets available online.

‘The Secret Garden’ at SALT Performing Arts

May 10—19

1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs


This enchanting classic of children’s literature is re-imagined in brilliant musical. Tickets available online.


Breakfast with the Animals at Elmwood Park Zoo

May 18, 9—10 am

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Breakfasts with the Animals are back by popular demand, each month with a different animal! This month, dine with the eagles! Tickets include zoo admission afterward. Pre-register online.

Montgomery County Family STEM Day

May 18, 9 am—noon

Gwynedd Preserve, 547 S. Swedesford Rd., North Wales


Come together to identify as many species as possible using STEM skills and tools. Partners include Riverbend and Elmwood Park Zoo.

Haverford Kids’ Comic Fest

May 18, 10 am—3 pm

Haverford Middle School, 1701 Darby Rd., Havertown


Comic book creators will gather to talk about their art, books that they’ve written, and what you love about comics. Learn and talk with some amazing talents in the comic industry with workshops throughout the day—morning ones are for all ages, afternoon ones are for tweens and teens.

Radnor Hunt Races

May 18, 10 am—6 pm

826 Providence Rd., Malvern


Celebrate 89 years of horseracing on the Main Line with tailgates, fancy fashion, and the parade of antique carriages and thoroughbreds racing for the finish! All proceeds from the races benefit the Brandywine Conservancy.

Festival of Upper Darby Arts

May 18, 10 am—3 pm

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 North Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill


Enjoy live performances on three stages, local food truck vendors, arts and crafts workshops, raffles, local artisans, and YMCA Kids’ Zone.

American Girl Tea

May 18, 10—11:30 am

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne


American Girl fans age 3 and up are invited to step back in time and practice their finest manners and look at exciting stories from American history as some favorite characters experienced it, while enjoying iced and hot teas and savory and sweet treats. Feel free to bring your favorite doll or dress up in costume. Must sign up in person, online, or over the phone.

Make a Bee House

May 18, 10 am—4 pm

41 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth


Refugia and Sweet Mabel Studio are teaming up for a workshop to make your own bee house. They’ll have bamboo, saws, house frames, and everything you’ll need to create a home to attract these beneficial insects to your garden. Stop by during the Narberth Sidewalk Festival on Saturday, anytime between 10am – 4pm.

Public Archaeology Day

May 18, 10 am—3 pm

Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd., Glen Mills


Public Archaeology Days invite volunteers to assist professional archaeologists with site excavation, artifact screening, and care. Free to the public, all ages.

Ariel’s Under the Sea Adventure

May 18, 11 am—12:30 pm

Sweet and Sassy, 250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville


Join Ariel for a mermaid makeover, dance party, treats, and more. Reservations required, online.

Introduction to Krav Maga For Mothers and Daughters

May 18, 11 am—1 pm

Elite Krav Maga Training and Fitness, 5161 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square


This interactive class allows mothers and daughters to learn not just practical and effective self-defense techniques but also enjoy an out-of-the-box activity together. Sign up online, or buy at the door.

Author Visit: Catherine Gilbert Murdock

May 18, 1 pm

Children’s Book World, 17 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford


Catherine Gilbert Murdock will visit and celebrate her 2019 Newbery Honor novel The Book of Boy.

Phoenixville Dogwood Parade

May 18, 1—3 pm

Starr St. and Third Ave., Phoenixville


A parade through downtown Phoenixville, ending in Reeves Park, celebrating community and all service members.

Tadpole Transformation at Riverbend

May 18, 2—4 pm

1950 Spring Mill Rd., Gladwyne


Join Riverbend to investigate amphibians and explore the fascinating spring phenomenon when the ponds fill with tadpoles. Register at info@riverbendeec.org.

Saturday Family Drop-In at Main Line Art Center

May 18, 2—4 pm

Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Road, Haverford


These classes are geared for children (ages 3-10) to attend alongside their guardian. Each class will begin with a tour of Main Line Art Center’s facilities, followed by a story that will relate to a craft. Media will vary weekly, ranging from painting to mixed media to printmaking. Register online.

Rose Tree Elementary Strawberry Festival

May 18, 3—6 pm

Rose Tree Elementary School, Rose Tree Elementary School, 1101 First Avenue, Media


RTES’s yearly outdoor festival with games, raffles, treats, and much more. You can buy tickets in advance or at the door.

Adulting 101 for Teens

May 18, 3—4 pm

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


This financial literacy series for teens focuses on spending and saving. Registration required but walk-ins welcome.

Linwood Park’s 9th Birthday Party

May 18, 4—7 pm

Linwood and Athens avenues, Ardmore


Celebrate the park’s birthday with lawn games, a bake sale, music, a scavenger hunt for the kids, and face painting.

Astronomy Workshop at American Helicopter Museum

May 18, 5:30—7:30 pm

1220 American Boulevard, West Chester


During this two-hour workshop, kids ages 9-12 learn basic astronomy and how astronomers use telescopes. Participants will also do some stargazing with professional telescopes (weather permitting).


Fit Fest

May 19, 9 am—noon

The Shipley School, 814 Yarrow St., Bryn Mawr


A fun community event for fitness enthusiasts of all ages and fitness with four mini workouts; kids (ages 5 and up) can participate in a free yoga class hosted by Yoga@Play. Plus, music, raffles, food, and more.

Race Around the Square

May 19, 9:30 am

Suburban Square, 6 Coulter Ave., Ardmore


This 5K is geared towards everyone: serious runners with a 5K, raffles for children and adults, vendors, a Kids’ Fun Run for ages 10 and under (and prizes for all).

Haverford Home and Garden Show

May 19, 10 am—4 pm

Haverford CREC, 9000 Parkview Dr., Haverford


This annual show hosts 75+ vendors representing a variety of businesses to help make your house a home, plus a marketplace and food vendors. Make and Take projects will be offered for visitors who want a hands-on experience. There will also be a children’s craft booth. General Admission is $5; children under 12 are free.

Clover Market

May 19, 10 am–4 pm

7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr


An incredible selection of local art, antiques, and more for sale. Plus live music, food trucks, and crafts for kids.

Campfire Cooking

May 19, 11 am—1 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media


Gather around the campfire and whip up three yummy dishes using different campfire cooking techniques. Suitable for ages 6 and up. Pre-register online.

Magical Unicorn Event

May 19, 11 am—12:30 pm

Sweet and Sassy, 250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville


Enjoy unicorn makeovers, crafts, snacks, and more. Finish the event with the Unicornonation! Reserve your spot online.

‘Alice in Wonderland’ at Media Theatre

May 19, noon

104 E. State St., Media


Perfect for ages 4 and up, this rollicking, humorous, and musical adventure based on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, includes audience participation, and was written specifically for the Media Theatre stage. Tickets available online.

Valley Vet Community Open House

May 19, noon—4 pm

Valley Veterinary Hospital, 1145 Valley Forge Rd., Phoenixville


Local animal groups will have information tables and tours will be offered. Entertainment will include a photo booth, face painting, balloon animals, giveaways, and a DJ. The community can enjoy a non-alcoholic “yappy hour” and treats from local food trucks. The event will be dog friendly and will be held rain or shine.

Princess Tea Party at Media’s Toddler Town

May 19, 1—4 pm

300 W. Baltimore Ave., Media


Guests will enjoy a princess updo, glitter, tiara, princess treats, and more. Register online.

Parent and Child Pottery Workshop

May 19, 1—2:30 pm

The Center on Central, 24 W. Central Avenue, Paoli


Work together to create a project – this month, create a spring flower vase for your home. Pre-register online.



Photograph by Jim Graham.

Contributing Writer