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High Five! Main Line Family-Friendly Weekend Events: October 5–6

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

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The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Weekends through November 3

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne


Come in costume and enjoy special Halloween-themed shows; soar, swing, fly, and cruise on three Count von Count themed mechanical rides, and see everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume. There will be special Halloween parades (including a special night one on Saturday), trick-or-treating, and more.

‘Matilda: The Musical’

October 2–27

The Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, Media


Inspired by the genius of Roald Dahl, this Tony Award-winning musical is the captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life–and is packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs! Tickets available online.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Brick or Treat

September 28–October 31

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting


LEGO lovers unite for a scavenger hunt, a life-size hayride in the LEGO pumpkin patch, four-foot-tall LEGO witches and cauldrons, giveaways, and more.  Plus, kids can come dressed in their Halloween best to pose for pictures with larger-than-life LEGO models and LEGO costume props!

Junie B. Jones the Musical

October 5—13 (weekends)

The Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore


A delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books brought to life in a lively and funny musical! Tickets available online.

Pumpkinland and Haunted Gardens at Colonial Gardens

September 28—October 31

745 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville


Enjoy family-friendly fall fun through October. Activities include hayrides, corn maze, and a Halloween funhouse. Plus, Pumpkinland—a Halloween display of colorful cartoon characters, scarecrows, hay hutch, and over ten tons of pumpkins—is always a hit!

Harvest Fest at Elmwood Park Zoo

Weekends through November 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. This Sunday at 1 pm, Lolly and Yoyo will be performing!

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

Through November 10

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media


Now it’s really fall, because Linvilla has brought out the piles and piles of pumpkins! Plus, enjoy live music and entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, face painting, and more.

Fall Harvest Celebration Weekend

Weekends through October 27, noon—5 pm

Highland Orchards, 1000 Marshallton Thorndale Rd., West Chester


Pick your own apples or take a hayride around the farm. Plus, shop for locally grown produce, treats, and hand-crafted merchandise.

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, imaginative play with pumpkins and the Garden Railway, and creative chrysanthemums meticulously grown into gorgeous forms throughout the Conservatory.


October 5, 6 pm—October 6, 9:30 am

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Bring the family along for an exciting and educational overnight trip to the zoo for ages 6 and up. The experience includes dinner and breakfast, a flashlight tour of the zoo, campfire activities, an educational show the next morning, and zoo admission the next day (Sunday). Pre-register online.


St. David’s Country Fair

October 5, 10 am—4 pm

St. David’s Episcopal Church, 763 South Valley Forge Rd., Wayne


The longest-running church fair in the nation, the St. David’s Fair includes food, shopping, entertainment, fall-themed kids’ activities, and a midway with old-fashioned fun for the kids including the St. David’s Train Ride!

Fall Harvest Festival

October 5, 10 am—4 pm

Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd., Glen Mills


Tradesmen and artisans will demonstrate papermaking, colonial brewing, brickmaking, blacksmithing, historic baking, milling, and much more. Family-friendly activities include hayrides, pumpkin painting, and colonial games.

Haverford Township Day

October 5, 10:30 am—4 pm

Darby Rd., Havertown


Celebrate community with a parade, entertainment, music on three stages, food, and vendors.

Once Upon a Garden

October 5, 10:30—11:30 am

Chanticleer: A Pleasure Garden, 786 Church Rd., Wayne


Nature storytime and craft for ages 2-5. $5 admission with a Radnor Library card or free with a season pass, kids 12 and under are free.

Ardmore Open House

October 5, 11 am—4 pm


The streets of Ardmore will come alive with pop-up shops, costume dog parade, sidewalk sales, live music, stilt walkers, food tastings, raffles, candy making, and much more!

Upper Merion Community Day and Fall Fest

October 5, 11 am—3 pm

431 W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia


Enjoy a fun-filled day of live music, pony rides, crafters, food vendors, wagon rides, pumpkin patch, face painting, inflatables, and more.

BMFI Family Saturday Matinee: ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’

October 5, 11 am

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


Immerse yourself in chocolate rivers, edible wallpaper, and “Pure Imagination” at this screening of the classic movie musical. Tickets available online.

Costume Dog Parade

October 5, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

Ardmore Animal Hospital, 24 E. Athens Ave., Ardmore


Bring your best friend in costume and enter the parade—or just watch! Prizes will be given out in various categories, and it’s bound to be adorable. Pre-registration is open now. Don’t have a furry friend? An adoption event will be following the parade!

Phoenixville Fall Food Truck Festival 

October 5, noon—6 pm

Downtown Phoenixville on Bridge, Main, Price, Church, Prospect streets


Over 30 food trucks roll into downtown Phoenixville, bringing city-style, globally-influenced cuisine to this small-town setting. Both city-based and local trucks and vendors participate in this unique event. Admission is free.

Main Line Fire Prevention Expo

October 5, 2—6 pm

Devon Horse Show, 23 Dorset Rd., Devon


This event hosted by Berwyn and Radnor Fire Companies features exciting rescue demos, antique fire engine rides for families, giveaways, moon bounce, face painting, hands-on activities, and more.

Zumba for Teens

October 5, 2—3 pm

Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr


Join Miss Ashley from the Merge Dance Studios for this special Zumba for Teens class. Ages 12 to 18 only. Pre-registration necessary; call the Ludington Junior Room at 610-525-1776 Ext 5 to sign up.

Saturday Family Drop-In at Main Line Art Center

October 5, 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.

Yoga for Kids

October 5, 3—3:45 pm

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


Yoga class for ages 5-8 incorporating storytelling and music. Pre-register online, and bring your own mat or towel.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘The LEGO Movie 2’

October 5, 6:30 pm

Suburban Square, Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore


It’s been five years since everything was awesome, and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Duplo invaders from outer space! Gather in the courtyard for a fun, free outdoor movie night!


39thAnnual Media Food & Crafts Festival

October 6, 10 am—5 pm

Downtown Media


Thousands turn out each year to savor the outstanding flavors of Media and regional restaurants. Get a jump on your holiday shopping at Media’s retail boutiques and browse handmade crafts.

Potty Training 101

October 6, 10—11 am

Village Play Space, 4 Midland Ave., Berwyn


Join Miss Catherine as she answers all your questions to tackle this big milestone! Pre-register online.

First Sundays for Families: Fairytale Fun

October 6, 11 am—2 pm

Brandywine River Museum, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford


A day of fairytale-themed activities including Awaken inspired by Brandywine’s Cinderella & Co. – Three Fairy Tales Reimagined exhibition, along with a discussion and book signing with artist Jerry Pinkney and a lively performance by the Academy of International Ballet. The dancers will perform a variety of classical and contemporary works as well as excerpts from the Nutcracker Ballet. Free; no registration required.

Falling Leaf Fest

October 6, 11 am

Eagleview Town Center, 565 Wellington Square, Exton


Come for a full day of games, food, entertainment, and fun. This year, the “Got Talent?” showcase is back where performers from regional schools show off their talents!

Parent and Child Pottery: Pumpkin Bowl

October 6, 11:30 am—1 pm

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


Work together to create a Halloween project. After the workshop, the Center will fire your creations for you to pick up later. Sign up online.

Descendants Event at Sweet and Sassy

October 6, noon

250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville


Get ‘Descendants’ makeovers, sing and dance, and more. You’ll be chillin’ like a villain! Book online.

Fall Foliage Express at West Chester Railroad

October 6, noon and 2 pm
230 E Market St., West Chester


Climb aboard the West Chester Railroad chain for the Fall Foliage Express and enjoy a 90-minute ride along the picturesque Chester Creek Valley. You can order lunch to enjoy ahead of time online! Sit back and enjoy the ride with the family. Don’t forget your camera! 

Fall Harvest and Great Pumpkin Patch

October 6, 1—4 pm

The Willows Park, 490 Darby Paoli Rd., Villanova


Enjoy pony rides, inflatables, music and entertainment, and more fall-themed activities. Radnor Township residents can pre-register online to receive a large pumpkin on event day.

Magic in the Fall Garden: Nature Exploration for Kids

October 6, 2—3:30 pm

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon


Uncover the magic of the fall garden and explore “What’s for Dinner?” Wearing Explorer Vests and using tools such as magnifying lenses and binoculars, kids will look for sources of food that support the critters that live in the arboretum. This program is appropriate for children ages 4-8 accompanied by an adult. Registration is required, online.

Elsa and Anna’s Girls’ Day Out

October 6, 2 pm

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


Enjoy a day out with Anna and Elsa! Makeovers, singalongs, photos, and more. Book online.

Braiding Class

October 6, 4 pm

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


This one-hour workshop will teach a variety of braid styles. Book online



Photograph courtesy of Sesame Place.

Contributing Writer



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