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High Five! Main Line Family-Friendly Weekend Events: November 16–17

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

National Dog Show

November 16—17

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, 100 Station Ave., Oaks


The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show features 2000 dogs from 200 breeds, plus agility dogs, performance dogs, and therapy dogs, in day-long competition and demonstrations as part of the century-old Philadelphia tradition. Tickets available online; free for kids 3 and under.

Once Upon a Mattress

Weekends, November 7—23

2011 Store Rd., Skippack


This family musical comedy is “The Princess and the Pea” in song!

Harvest Fest at Elmwood Park Zoo

November 16–17, noon–4 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Weekends this fall, come to Elmwood Park Zoo to participate in themed activities, navigate your way through a corn maze, play carnival-style games, paint a pumpkin, and enjoy live entertainment.

Blooms & Bamboo at Longwood Gardens

October 3 — November 17

1001 Longwood Dr., Kennett Square


Autumn is here … and with it comes a debut exhibit, the masterful Blooms & Bamboo: Chrysanthemum and Ikebana Sogetsu Artistry. Prepare to be wowed by towering bamboo art forms and enchanting arrangements by international artists. Autumn also brings a painted landscape of ever-changing color, the Garden Railway, and creative chrysanthemums meticulously grown into gorgeous forms throughout the Conservatory.


Dewey Decimal Dash Run/Walk and Post-Dash Bash

November 16, 8 am (Bash begins at 9 am)

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown


The Haverford Township Free Library is hosting its third annual Dewey Decimal Dash Run and Walk to help raise funds for the library’s collections, programs, and services. Run 5K (or walk a mile if running isn’t your thing). Teams are encouraged, as are costumes! Prizes awarded for Most Creative, Best Picture Book Character, and Funniest. Post-Dash Bash celebration afterwards in the library includes breakfast, storytime, music, picture booth, and raffles.

Mommy and Me: Happy Camper

November 16, 10—11 am

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne


Create homemade binoculars for bird-watching, a silly map, and a 3-D tent out of air dry clay to place in a small wooded landscape. Your child (age 3-4) will engage in creative, fun crafts and art making. Bond with your little during this short art adventure! Pre-register online.

Free Family Stay and Play at Kids’ Clubhouse

November 16, 10 am—noon

Kids’ Clubhouse of the Main Line, 150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Suite F130, Wayne


Bring the whole family and enjoy a free morning of playtime at Kid’s Clubhouse of the Main Line. Donuts and coffee will be provided. Remember to wear socks!

Apple Turkey Craft and Stories

November 16, 10:30—11:30 am

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


Best for ages 3 and up, hear stories and make a turkey craft from apples! Pre-register online so the library can buy enough apples!

Terrain Devon’s Holiday Open House

November 16, 10:50 am—2 pm

138 Lancaster Ave., Devon


Roast s’mores by the fire, pick out your tree, see live Design by Terrain theatre, and start your holiday shopping.

Magic Workshop

November 16, 11 am

Conshohocken Free Library, 301 Fayette St., Conshohocken


Kids ages 8 and up can learn the tricks of the trade from award-winning magician Chad Juros. Pre-registration is required.

BMFI Family Saturday Matinee: ‘Inside Out’

November 16, 11 am

Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr


For this week’s family screening, BMFI presents this creative Pixar film about emotions. Tickets available online. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Diwali Celebration

November 16, 1—3 pm

Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford


Experience Indian culture with dance, food, mehendi, and more. Pre-register online.

Turkey Craft at Ludington Library

November 16, 1—3 pm

5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr


Kids ages 7 and up can craft a paper turkey in the Children’s Room. Sign up necessary.

Family Day of Clay: Ceramic Leaf Chime

November 16, 1—2:30 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne


Start outside on a nature hike to find and collect unique leaves. Using the leaves, children will press their leaves into clay and create fun, colorful leaves. String them together and create a handmade wind chime to decorate your yard or front porch. Pre-register online.

Makey Makey Video Games at Wolff’s Apple House

November 16, 2 pm

81 S. Pennell Rd., Media


Mr. Jason from Middletown Free Library will be bringing over computers and MaKey MaKey kits for kids (ages 8 and up) and their families to play video games using conductive materials and foods. Play Pac-Man using apples, a piano using bananas, or any Scratch program with the supplies provided.

Tween Art Workshop: Kawaii Water Creatures

November 16, 2—3:15 pm

Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne


Kids ages 9-15 can learn how to make cute jellyfish, seahorses, and axolotls using watercolor paints and markers. Registration required online.

Author Event: Judy Schachner, ‘Stretchy McHandsome’

November 16, 2 pm

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


Author and illustrator Judy Schachner is coming to Children’s Book World to celebrate her delightful new picture book Stretchy McHandsome!

Saturday Family Drop-In at Main Line Art Center

November 16, 2—4 pm

746 Panmure Road, Haverford


These classes are geared for children (ages 3-10) to attend alongside their guardians. 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.

Brandywine Zoo Traveling Storybook

November 16, 3—3:45 pm

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


Hear the story Night Animals by Gianna Marino and visit with some animal friends and touchable artifacts paired with the story. Appropriate for children in preschool through second grade. Pre-register online.

Disney Junior Holiday Party

November 16, 4 pm

Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby


Children and their families can sing and dance along to their favorite Disney Junior songs, plus holiday classics, with their favorite Disney friends including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the Puppy Dog Pals, Vampirina and many more, plus a special visit from Santa Claus! Tickets available online.

Kids’ Night Out and Ornament Painting Party

November 16, 6—8:30 pm

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


Drop the kids (age 6 and up) off for a fun night of painting, pizza, and fun while you enjoy an adult night out. This month, kids will paint ornaments and watch The Grinch. Pre-register online to reserve your spot.

Billy Elliot

November 16, 8 pm

Narberth Community Theatre, 6376 City Avenue (corner of City Ave. and Lancaster Ave.), Philadelphia


Based on the hit film, and featuring a score by the legendary Elton John, Billy Elliot follows the journey of a young boy in a small British mining town who discovers his passion for dance!


Funky Brunch and Market

November 17, 10:30 am

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore


Stop by for a free indoor craft fair and vendor market at Ardmore Music Hall featuring local vendors, a brunch menu, and live music.

Little Sprouts Pinecone Turkeys

November 17, 11 am—noon

Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills


Bring along the little ones to make a pinecone turkey just in time for Thanksgiving. Book online.

Sunday Family Ice Skating

November 17, 1—2:30 pm

Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society, 220 Holland Ave., Ardmore


Bring your family ice skating at the Philadelphia Skating Club in Ardmore on Sunday afternoons through the end of the year!

Family Program: Native American Adventures

November 17, 1—2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media


Experience the daily life of Lenape families who lived in our region. Visit the wigwam, try on Native American clothes, and play traditional Lenape games. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Pre-register online.

Lantern Parade

November 17, 4—7 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media


Celebrate the fall with a family-friendly European tradition—a children’s St. Martin’s Day Lantern Parade—including a traditional skit and sing-along, a twilight walk through the arboretum, and food and drink.

Frozen 2 Painting Workshop

November 17, 3–5 pm

Painting with a Twist, 401 West Chester Pike, Havertown


Choose from Elsa, Anna, or Olaf! Recommended for ages 7 and up. Reserve your spot online.

Braiding and Styling with Dad

November 17, 4 pm

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


Daddy-daughter time with hair care information and a braiding session. Book online.

A Magical Cirque Christmas

November 17, 7 pm

Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby


Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Tickets available online.



Photograph courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.

Contributing Writer